- High Street bookshops are mostly full of shite.
- Mainstream publishers are responsible for that shite.
- Mainstream publishers publish the shite because it sells.
- The shite sells because it is what the book-buying public is offered and encouraged to read.
- The above fills me with despair.
- Rather than be filled with despair I wrote a bunch of books that are the kind of thing I would like to read.
- I reckon there are others who like to read this stuff too. In fact, I know there are. They told me.
- But perhaps there aren't very many of them.
- There are also people out there who really, really do not dig my books.
- Maybe it's because they don't like the truth.
- Whatever, I don't care. As long as #7 is the case then I will fight to keep on getting my books published.
- I don't want to self-publish because I recognise the expertise and talents of publishers. I'm good at the writing, they're good at the publishing. Farmers grow wheat, bakers bake bread.
- As a writer I have no awareness of "mainstream". I write what I write and all that concerns me is whether it is good or not.
- Nor do I care about genre.
- Genre and mainstream are very important words in the book trade.
- This may explain why there are not very many of #7 above.
- For books like mine, word of mouth is vital.
- I have no mouth and I must scream.
- The above statement is untrue - I just couldn't resist saying it. It is the title of a short story by Harlan Ellison.
- Can you find Harlan Ellison in high street bookshops? Can you fuck.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Went to the Cardiff Read book club last night as a guest - they were doing my Royston Blake adventure ONE DEAD HEN. Can't say it was an entirely relaxing experience but definitely not something I would have missed. As usual with my stuff, opinions were divided. Some love, some don't love. Trouble is, I can rarely learn anything from the don't-lovers. You either get it or you don't. To alter this kind of material in a bid to get more readers would be to dilute - fuck that. But a big thanks to Cardiff for being so welcoming. And Steve Dimmick for getting me down there.