Saturday, 28 August 2010


The last few weeks have been hectic--not just because I've been putting the finishing touches to the StreetBooks paperback and Kindle editions of Invisible and coping with the family's ups and downs but also because I've been doing various library tasks in advance so that I can take a short holiday.

Btw the StreetBooks cover design for Invisible is the work of fellow member of Writers in Oxford and designer Andrew Chapman ( Thanks so much for that, Andrew.  It's terrific.

You can find out more about both editions at

Two interesting articles about the effect of digital books, one from Boyd Tonkin in the Independent and the other from Ursula Mackenzie, chair of the Trade Publishers Council, The Publishers Association, writing in the Guardian.

I liked BT's suggestion that universities should be planning joint degrees--landscape gardening and literary fiction, for example--to prepare writers for the need to develop a portfolio of parallel careers in the new post-Kindle world. Having said that, I think many writers (the majority, perhaps) have been doing this for years anyway.

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