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Writing and reading for pleasure – The Narrow Road to the Deep North | Douglas Burcham

Writing and reading for pleasure – The Narrow Road to the Deep North | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure with a follow up to last month’s post – A picture is worth a thousand words?   The Narrow Road to the Deep North In my last post I mentioned the start I had made to reading Richard Flanagan’s 2014 Man Booker

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Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend | Intelligence Squared Debate [VIDEO]

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Advent Edition: Dec 8th – 24th | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham completes his 2014 advent post.    Monday, December 8th – Use different points of view and tenses Ever since reading about Joe Lampton… “There wasn’t a damn thing I couldn’t do!” in John Braine’s Room at the Top, I have loved using the first person in my writing. I do this almost by

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Advent Edition: Dec 1st – 7th) | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series: How to write fiction – Part two. Back to writing and reading for pleasure. I cannot put off the content of this writing for pleasure post any longer. The nitty-gritty technical aspects have to be faced. In the previous posts in this series I have urged readers thinking about being

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Seven (Preface) | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure. We had agreed a deadline of 1st December for posting but I have accepted good hearty reasons for a delay as detailed in the following story as a preface to further deferred parts of his post later in the month.   Advent

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Publishing, Today and Tomorrow: A Short Film | Authoright

This is a short film made by publicity and marketing company Authoright  on the business of books and the future for authors, both traditional and self-published authors. The book industry is experiencing great change and Authoright brought together thoughtful contributions from Faber and Faber, Matador, Curtis Brown, The Bookseller magazine, and author Polly Courtney.

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The Week That Was: Ethics Are Not Just for Authors

The Ethical Author code was launched just over a week ago at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference by Orna Ross, founder and director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. Ross introduced the new initiative during a special Big Ideas panel presentation and discussion. The Ethical Author code is something any author can sign up to regardless

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Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Six | Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure. This month part six is about a shopping spree of book buying related to memories of school economics.    The two sub elements of my writing and reading that give me the most pleasure are: Meeting with other writers face to face

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