A romance writer’s bizarre fake death has gone viral. That her being alive stayed undetected for 2.5 years reminds us that our online and published personas are still separate from real life.
Literary author Salman Rushdie is publishing his new novella on newsletter subscription platform Substack - sparking conversations about the challenges and potential the platform offers publishing.
The controversial fantasy novel and its sequels enticed more authors to experiment with self-publishing, but the latter has a history that long predates the steamy bestseller.
Publishing houses face strain, and in some cases, closure, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Authors are looking for alternative ways to get their work to readers.
Publishers funnel massive amounts of resources into promoting titles that they think will become bestsellers. But they’ve become spellbound by ‘stories of struggle’ that can succumb to stereotypes.
Rules for the UK’s most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
The company is hardly the evil megalomaniac that many have depicted: it’s actually been very good for the book industry.
It is still stigmatised, still seen as amateur, even as illegitimate, but self-publishing has truly arrived. We ignore it at our peril.