Can You Remember When?

Can You Remember When?

It seems like just yesterday It’s easy to take things for granted, but it really isn’t so long ago that there was no Internet and faxes were the coolest communication tool going. Growing up in a small city stuck on the far west coast or Australia, it’s also easy to remember a one newspaper town, a heavy black Bakelite telephone (yes with a dial!) and my local library as the only sources of information from the outside world. But how times and means of communication have changed. As has the ease in finding information that was beyond my imagination just a short while ago; it is now just an everyday

When Is A Typo, A Typo?

When Is A Typo, A Typo?

The world is full of typos! While reading two separate posts on Forbes and The Verge in the last two days regarding the annoyance of typos in e-books, it was reassuring in some respects to note that the brunt of the complaints was against large publishers. However, as I read the long list of comments on these posts, a few new pieces of information caught my attention. Although there was one very important consideration that was missing. The new information I found interesting was contained in one comment. I quote: GAP e-books: an explanation for why they are so shoddy I’ve just learned that the production AND PROOFREADING for Bantam/Spectra e-books is

Putting The Self Into Self-Publishing

Putting The Self Into Self-Publishing

Do it yourself publishing I have written a lot about self-publishing, and it occurred to me while I was writing a post for one of my other blogs about the traditional publishing ‘smear’ that is dressed up as advice for self-published authors that I should clear up a few fallacies. Firstly, let’s get one thing straight. Self-publishing gets its name from the logical interpretation that the author does everything. The author writes, researches, edits, markets, sweats, spends money, spends time, gets covers and well, I think you get the idea. The author does everything. If an author writes, and a team of people are paid to edit, copy edit, market,