While we're getting riled about tube strikes and our other latest irritant - small windows in new houses (no pictures, maybe later) - other people seem to be getting on with their lives. Case in point. Over at tmn
you can read the trials and tribulations of a writer's life in Barnes & Noblin'
- highly recommended.
Some vaguely related links. We like the idea of the Do-Not Press
, home of 'fiercely independent publishing', but the recent story about Dave Eggers' latest venture
(We saw it in print first! Honest! We're not cribbing every
tmn link...) mentioned a renaissance in self-publishing. Most notably, it explained how the so-called 'stigma' of paying to be published is being superseded by print-on-demand technology. If 30,000 manuscripts really are submitted to publishers every month (and we hope they have sturdy recycling procedures in place), then a friend of a friend's decision to go to Xlibris
after several years of closed doors and rejection letters can only be applauded. Especially, when the result - here
(Xlibris has a lousy search facility) - is really very readable indeed.