I’m baa-ack! Did you miss me? No, wait—don’t answer that!
In the craziness reunion yet of the “Duck and Tuna” girls (i.e. Andrea, Eva and I), we managed to fit Marrakech, Rome, Valencia and Madrid—and Chinese New Year celebrations, two taxi driver lightning strikes and approximately 294 cappuccinos—into twelve hectic but amazing days. I may pull out a slideshow of some of my many, many photos later in the week (especially if the motivation to write a proper blog post doesn’t show up soon…) but for now, here a few worthwhile reads that popped up while I was gone:
- Thought (and other) Processes by Julia Crouch – fascinating insight into how she writes her books
- Why is Faber running a self-publishing course? – Faber Academy’s Ian Ellard explains on FutureBook
- All Writers Should Self-Publish – Nicola Morgan explains why all writers should self-publish (something)
- How To Reconstruct Old ISBNs for Use Today – useful ISBN info from The Book Designer
- Why Authors Tweet – Anne Trubek explains why in The New York Times
and you simply MUST watch this absolutely beautiful video, a spellbinding reminder that there’s nothing quite like a real book.
The only news I heard while I was away were Costa Concordia bulletins every 15 minutes thanks to BBC World News, but some stuff did happen in the self-publishing world too, namely:
- Amazon ditched its ProPlan meaning cheaper POD books for all
- Apple announced some new iBooks stuff including this
- Waterstone’s officially lost its apostrophe
and I saw a stack of Spanish language Amanda Hocking books in a FNAC in Valenica. Impressive, when you consider that it all started with her uploading an e-book to Amazon and Smashwords.
Also in the past fortnight:
- I was interviewed on GhostWriter Dad
- I was featured in “Pining to Get into Print? Try DIY” in The Irish Times which you can read online here
- I was featured in an article about self-publishing in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times (pictured below; no reading online I’m afraid).
So that’s that. Gone are my €1.30 cappuccinos at countertops in Rome; it’s back to making a vat of plain Jane coffee every morning and using it to keep my eyes open at my desk. (I may actually have to move to Rome for a while just for the cheap and delicious coffee. Rosetta Stone Italian, anyone?) And getting back to a daily word count. And wading through e-mails. And—
Well, there’s a long, long list. So, back to it.