Author platform – it’s not about the shoes, honey

Author platform – it’s not about the shoes, honey

Hang around enough writers festivals, creative writing workshops and online writers’ communities and you’ll hear one term come up again and again: ‘author platform’. First time I heard it, I thought, ‘ooh goody, new shoes! Although I’d really prefer a dear little...
Authors and publishers, a hate-hate relationship?

Authors and publishers, a hate-hate relationship?

Jane Friedman has posted a neat collection of quotes on her Writers Digest blog titled ‘The Age-old Battle Between Author and Publisher’. I admire her even-handedness in including perspectives from both authors and publishers. (Man, Goethe must have had a bad run with...
Faster than an angry werewolf: a book industry in flux

Faster than an angry werewolf: a book industry in flux

The digital book scene is changing faster than an angry werewolf (please excuse the Twilight reference) – can the Book Industry Strategy Group keep up? You might have seen Rosemary Sorensen’s article in The Australian a few weeks back about e-books, in which I was...

Red Hill Publishing is on the wagon for FebFast

‘Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.’ — WC Fields Red Hill Publishing is on the wagon – the ultimate publishing sacrifice! In support of FebFast 2010, the Red Hill team is...
Do you really want cheap ebooks?

Do you really want cheap ebooks?

I do love a bargain. The notion of being able to buy any ebook – whether it’s Stephenie Meyer or the Bible – for $9.99 is appealing to me. Very appealing. There’s strong support for ebooks being $9.99 – or less; some say $6.99 is closer to the mark – for all...