I do not expect "perfect" from any book. However, in this case you do not even get an original new story. It is just someone's lazy cheapo effort to ride on Fitzgerald's century old book in order to try to make some fast money for themselves.
In the last few days I've seen a currently mega-popular male writer pop up in my Instagram feed repeatedly praised by several people I follow. Read his book! they declare. It changed my life! I'll pass. However, when others effusively push a current-day wildly popular writer you've read some of and couldn't stomach (you understand [...]
Yesterday, publication was completed. That's that. If you are not a Kindle user, Conventions: The Garden At Paris is now available in paperback, too: That paperback, which is a pretty BIG book, is also at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and all other Amazons worldwide. Tell your friends! Whether for the Kindle, or the paperback, one suspects it [...]
Yesterday, spy novelist Jeremy Duns - creator of the Paul Dark novels - shared this discovery on Twitter: It's a "James Bond" novel. However, there's just one small problem with it: The "Bond" character, created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964, is still in most jurisdictions protected by copyright. You cannot just self-publish a [...]
Because the cover is probably the FIRST THING anyone sees of your book, and we all know how important "first impressions" are, I have to believe the cover art issue drives every indie author nuts. It does me. Naturally, you are desperate to get it right. None of the covers I've seen over the years [...]
[WARNING: This post contains an upsetting photograph.] Our imaginations and personal interests will invariably take us down our own writing paths. It's any author's right to invent what he/she wishes to invent. Our creativity means everything. So I'm not one usually to hit out at other authors' chosen fictional subject matter. Yet there are times [...]
Have you read any good books lately (besides any of mine)? 😉 If so, on which "platform?" E-book or paperback? Thus tweets the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Some replying have questioned it, pointing out for instance that it is just one year, and also that many e-books are "overpriced" by large [...]
Inspired, I sensed afterwards, by my grandfather memories that I'd posted in the morning, I spent the day yesterday smashing through the opening chapter to Distances. Although it's not long (but none of my chapters are really "long"; I dislike "long" chapters), it's - I believe - on target. Textured. Sentimental. Sharp. A new character [...]