Do I need a Publisher for my BookWill I need a publisher for my book?
It was Anthony Horowitz: Are we still in need of publishing houses? volumes
This presentation is entitled: "Do we need more editors? It was " Thank Christ We Don't Need Bloody publishers Any More " - but that was too biased for me. The relations between authors and publisher are of course very odd and constantly changing, like a seesaw.
It reminds me of my first time at Walker Books. They asked me the first thing - and I promise it's the truth - was in which cup I want my tea: the one with the brown one, the one with the brown one, the one with the brown one or the one with the rose one with the flowers? There' s Alex Rider.
And Walker annoys me a little too, because now I'm the one with the SMA gunpowder and the babychanger. They need me to some degree and that's probably difficult for a publisher who could find it so much simpler to live without authors. Meanwhile I have my grown-up publisher Onion on the other side of the stream - and they also have a problem with me.
Since the publication of my Sherlock Holmes novel, The Mouse of Slick, there have been no fewer than 35 proofreading inaccuracies. Nevertheless, together we make another book.... a tale about homicide, suspicions and vengeance. Publishing houses are being displaced everywhere. And, of course, Bedford Square Books and Ed Victor released six backlists last year - "for fun," he said - but their enjoyment expanded to the sole bargain they made with Tesco this months and sold a new novel, Dead Rich by Louise Fennell.
With unbound.co. uk I could release myself like Terry Jones last year. "Terry, who turned 70 on the first date of this months and I very much hopes that he is not either, said: "The conventional printing industry is in a slump, it is falling apart. Could be uploading the new Apple iBooks authoring tool, which allows anyone to create high-quality literature.
It' truely a prudent 30% of all winnings Apple has asked for and you can only buy your book through Apple Retail Shops, which means it's yours. Amazons offers the same deals with its Digital Text Platform and I say nothing wrong with them if they unbutton Alex Rider's BUY - as with all Macmillan manuals two years ago.
What is the real capacity of a publisher? A few might say that editors are beginning to be as coveted as the pre-fabs we're introducing in the next Foyle's War show. Do we still need them? So I asked my own publisher, Jane Winterbotham, why I needed her and she immediately came back with the answer.
As for the promotional aspect of sitting through three Alex Rider Lookalike dancers dancin' in a smoke and darkness rumbar next to a laundromat at Kensington High Street Breakdance, you might consider total privacy a better one. It is also noteworthy that Alex Rider would never have been born without Walker and I still recall my first female journalist, Wendy Boase, with great affection and gratefulness.
What brings me to the issue - how good are self-published works? In order to reply, I actually did indeed have a novel I had written myself - well, a part of it. This book was written by a prominent, self-published author with very impressing figures. However, since some people think it's awful if one author comments publicly on another, I won't tell you the titles and I've also altered the character name.
Inspector Jones was Henry's direct supervisor and was given the same promotion as he was. The only thing Jones didn't really regulate was that he had what most officer didn't seem to have: a real milieu. It is not necessary to be able to line up a movement in an elegance or vagueness to create a best seller - as Dan Brown has shown again and again.
If Jane had got his hand on it, she might have proposed that DI Jones wasn't Henry's immediate supervisor and was upgraded at the same timing as him - but that Jones was his immediate supervisor and the two were upgraded at the same one.
She would have been "always" dissatisfied with these three apparitions of the term, and she would certainly have said that DI Jones was of avera. I' m sure there are some very good self-published works, and this is perhaps one of them - who am I anyway?
- to raise the standard in an undefinable way. "Sam Jordison, a Guardian reporter who reviewed two Unbound published volumes, asked, "What do they do if the author makes a wet bang? "They' re still going to release it after the evidences. This also applies to Apple and Amazon.
All they need is one match to get the balance. I think publishing houses offer an impression, a kind of qualitative check. It is almost 600 years since Johannes Gutenberg started producing the first published works, and although Ars Minor, the outstanding Aelius Donatus foundation in Roman, has now been removed from the best-seller list, I am happy to be part of this family.
I' m not like what Apple called " talents ". I' m writing a book, not "content." Recently I was asked to join the Administrative Board of the Society of Writers, but unfortunately I did not feel able to proceed with them - and one of the reason was that I had the impression that they saw the editors too much as the authors' antagonists.
And I don't think that's right. I' m crazy to think that if editors were a little less interested in history, personality, styles, originality, designs, type, typography, alphabetisation, good philology, learning, education- and a little more interested in making a living, they could have less trouble? And, if I may say so, it may be that conventional publishing houses are less afraid of the virtual revolution than they think.
Or, how about a book with different perspectives in which you can select which of the figures became the storyteller? Somebody is trying out additional sounds and sounds as part of the book. But I think that also applies to publishing houses.