Saturday, August 01, 2009



And so, 600 confessions later, I finish the 'final' rewrite of the third novel. It's all there in a readable format with a beginning, a middle and an end with all the pesky 'justs', 'seems' 'suddenly's and 'of course's taken out.

The publishing industry is going through a very challenging phase and from what I can gather there's very little commissioning going on at all at the moment. I'm therefore content to let the book sit with my agent and not get worked up about finding an immediate 'deal.' Already that's sounding a bit old-fashioned, certainly the big advances are no more. Did you see this report on
one established author's decision to switch publishers?

I can't help thinking that it's all going to be a good thing for the author. I love paper books as much as the next person, and am still hoping mine will be there amongst them, but the current system of returns and pulping isn't sustainable. The arrival of eBook readers means we will be able to get our work out there without the gatekeepers of past sales figures, commerciality, celebrity names etc and let the work speak for itself. This means a lot of unreadable trash all over the place but there will have to be a way, a ratings way that, as with the music industry, will see the good stuff rise to the top.

I've gone one out there already. It's free! and comes with a lovely new website called Make It And Mend It. it's called The Easy No Nonsense Guide To Stain Removal. Would love to hear your feedback.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


Anne Brooke said...

Many congratulations -perfect timing!!


Amanda Mann said...

Thanks, Anne! Am very much enjoying the draughty, free feeling of air all around me without an unfinished novel in the computer screaming for attention.