It has often been said that, with the squeeze in publishing and the closing of so many bookshops, this is a terrible time to be an author. Well, maybe not. Perhaps the Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and other rock acts, who reputedly made their first records privately, even in their bedrooms, are showing the way forward for writers.
Undoubtedly it will be difficult at first for most authors to be noticed in the dense forests of online information; it's not exactly like having a stack of books in a high street shop window. But writers are creative people. My bet is they'll find ways of publicising their wares not yet dreamed about.
Friday, August 13, 2010
In The Guardian, author Ray Connolly explains why he is 'doing a Dickens' – publishing his latest novel chapter by chapter, online.