3 posts for tag e-publishing
The e-book with the winning entries from the 2014 Cambridge Writers Short Story competition is now available on Amazon. The stories are by Les Brookes, Alice Turner, Will Tate, Angela Wray, Margaret Loescher and RJ Gould. Jim Kelly, the juror of the competition, wrote the introduction. The book was edited by Thure Etzold and the cover art is by Annabel Lee.
Jim Kelly, who judged the annual short story competition this year, gave us some valuable insights into what makes a good short story. He is a journalist and writer of crime novels, and told us how he started writing crime novels, as a result of being at an incident at York Minster. He happened to be there, saw an ambulance with its blue light flashing, and, as a journalist, investigated. The Minster was clothed in scaffolding to erect the lights for the enthronement of the Archbishop of York, and when the scaffolders reached the roof level, they could see that there was a body lying at the bottom of the roof, held in place by the masonry parapet. He reported this for his newspaper, and later this led to him writing his first crime novel. Jim has written 21 crime novels. One series is set in the Fens, about an investigative journalist Philip Dryden, the other set in North Norfolk and the port of Kings’ Lynn, featuring Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and his colleague Valentine. He won the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award in 2006, and in 2011 he won the New Angle prize for literature for Death Watch, one of the Shaw novels. His novel Death Wore White is in line to be made into a television series for Anglia Television.
In a fascinating evening about e-publishing, Thure Etzold, Richard Gould, Hannah Hooton, Nick Sireau, and Josephine Warrior told a full house about their experiences. They all seemed to have enjoyed exploring the new medium, seeing their name racing up charts, though their approaches vary. Thure, Richard and Hannah did much of the work themselves. Nick paid others to do editing, covers, etc. Jo found a publisher (Carina Press) who acted much like a traditional publisher. Already there are support services available for e-publishers. If you want a job done there are places where you can ask for tenders. Whatever approach you take you still need to be professional - ask for samples and references; send off dozens of email messages until you find what you want.
* Why do it? All talked about the difficulty with getting an agent let alone a contract, especially if the work doesn't fit into a popular genre. If it won't sell in a supermarket, forget it. Self-publishing/e-publishing can be the only option. You're going to have to enjoy the process because there's won't be big financial rewards.