This Is The Modern Publishing Business Bewares Publishing

Scammers used to operate at the edges of the publishing business, but have wormed their way into its heart. And the entire industry is in denial. An unintentionally revealing aspect of the tiresome Amazon-Hachette dispute was a series of statements from an organization purporting to advocate for authors’ rights. One of the heinous crimes Amazon was said to have committed was treating books like toasters. With such a claim, Authors United was attempting to tap into a current of feeling about the commoditization of literature – as if Amazon was the first company to put a price tag on a book, and writers around the country were hitherto living off laurels and kudos. It’s tempting to suggest that other entities Read More…

Book Launch: LIBERTY BOY Marketing Writing

New release time! LIBERTY BOY is available now for $3.99 from Amazon US | UK | CA (and all the rest too). It’s the first book in a new series, and the first I’ve set in my home country of Ireland – specifically, in the aftermath of Robert Emmet’s failed 1803 Rising. The wonderful cover was done by my very talented sister – Kate Gaughran – and a huge thanks to her for that. Before I get into the background, here’s what Liberty Boy is about: Dublin has been on a knife-edge since the failed rebellion in July, and Jimmy O"Flaherty suspects a newcomer to The Liberties–Kitty Doyle–is mixed up in it. She accuses him of spying for the English, and he Read More…