Conference Thoughts: Treating Backlist Like Frontlist Marketing

Last weekend, I taught a workshop on self-publishing at the Festival of Writing in York. It was quite a large conference, with a few hundred attendees, primarily focused on unpublished writers. Most attendees were seeking publication via the traditional route, but there was a lively crowd at the workshop, and I was pigeon-holed by many more curious about self-publishing over the weekend. I had some free time on Saturday and dropped in on a SF/F genre panel. Much of the advice was excellent, but some was quite curious. For starters, writers were urged not to write in a series. The reason given was that agents and publishers prefer standalone works as the first book may not sell, and then the writer will Read More…

Never Kill A Client: James Bond and the Perils of Product Placement Writing

I’m back from the Czech Republic, but have a show to put on in the gallery tonight, then tomorrow morning I’m off down to York to give a workshop at the Festival of Writing and take part in what is being billed as a fiery debate on e-books and self-publishing. All of that should be great fun, but I won’t get to return to blogging duties until next week. Given the new Bond film is being released next month, I thought it would be a good time to re-run this piece I wrote for IndieReader in April. See you next week! * * * Never Kill A Client: James Bond & the Perils of Product Placement It’s one of the most Read More…