More summer visiting is making it hard to get to the blog, but I do keep looking around my own favourites and am sorry to see that Matt Curran may be giving up his Blogspot of Blood owing to the pressures of being a published author while doing the day job. By most people’s standards, Matt would rate as a successful author. Sad that this clearly brings in nowhere near a living wage. Matt has been both free and candid with his advice. I wish him good luck and hope he’ll manage to put in an appearance somewhere in the blogosphere if not on his own patch.
If that publishing contract ever arrives on my doormat, I’ll be much better informed of the loop-holes thanks to Jane Smith’s comparatively new How Publishing Really Works. All kinds of useful stuff here, but I’m interested to see Jane really does seem to have it in for self-publishing. A number of other worthy bloggers have added comments to this post suggesting anyone who contemplates such a thing is an egomaniac or an idiot. While I’m sure there are plenty of both in the ranks of the self-published, there must be plenty who have solid reasons for going ahead. Vanity? Most of us would confess to a little. Madness or self-delusion? Not necessarily. Think I’ll stop before going into full rant mode!