Although we often visit family in West Suffolk, this is the first time we have made it as far as the coast. With luck and the weather on our side we had a great day in Southwold. August? Busy? Obviously, but in a good way. Lots of smiling faces as children frolicked in the waves or laboured over elaborate sandcastles. Pubs and (absolutely obligatory) tea-shops were lively but not packed out. Our day at the seaside, finished with a stroll along the beach and back to town via Walberswick. Classic.
All of this has distracted me from my blog schedule but while I’m here I thought I would expand a little on last week’s self-publishing theme, which was also taken up in yesterday’s Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2. (If you want to investigate via i-player, it’s just over an hour in). In fact I felt that the discusssion, although lively at times, failed to clearly distinguish the various elements of self-publishing and its relation to Print on Demand, and was if anything made more confusing by callers who rang to champion a particular company or method without explaining the ramifications. I’m sure, though, that it was excellent publicity for Grosvenor House whose director Kim Cross got the most air-time of the studio guests. (And look I’ve given him a bit more!)
To redress the balance, I’m also going to mention Completely Novel, a site I investigated a while ago and which combines (I think!) the Authonomy model of a writing community with a Lulu-like POD arm. I don’t know anyone who has used Completely Novel for publishing, but its director Anna Lewis gives some excellent advice on how to make life easier for self-publishing, including, as I’m always telling people, how much some knowledge of Word can help.
More recently Anna has also blogged about possible developments in e-publishing based on the ‘cloud’ concept. Defintiely worth a read.
And finally, while I was gone, WordPress decided to make changes to this site. I’m sure thay had thier reasons, but apologies to anyone who came along before I had put things back in place!