A New Revised and Updated Version of
An Unassuming County ~ The Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside by Brian Kerr
will be published shortly.
A New Revised and Updated Version of
will be published shortly.
Margaret, a friend of my wife, used to write quite a bit. She told us once that I figured in one of her stories but despite that fact – or perhaps because of it – she wouldn’t let us read it. In fact, she wouldn’t let us or anyone else, read anything she’d written. Which gave rise to the question, why had she written her stories in the first place? We both asked her this but got no clear answer. So we have to assume that she wrote for her own satisfaction because, when you come to think of it, she did have one reader. Herself.
I am not suggesting that Margaret is typical in this respect. Or in many others. For example, she disputed that there was such a thing as poetry. When I wasted a couple of hours drafting a response to her view, she replied along these lines: I take these points but I still think . . . Putting it another way, she didn’t take these points at all. Her view was that poetry was an invention of people in the upper classes who were pulling a fast one on their social inferiors. You could call this approach Marxist insofar as it rested on class distinctions. And this was odd in itself, because she was very well off.
With the exception of the Margarets of this world, most people would assume that writing is a form of communication with the greater world, though there are a few exceptions. Those who keep diaries might well prefer that others don’t read them, allowing them to communicate their thoughts and feelings to the page, paper or electronic, without fear of contradiction or exposure. Some are so apprehensive about it that they resort to code (for example, Samuel Pepys and Anne Lister). Then there are those who write memoirs of their lives for which the only intended audience is their children and grandchildren, and who would have a problem with that?
But Margaret was not writing a diary or a memoir. She could have chosen to publish her stories but had no intention of doing so. But at least she had the choice. There have been some who have been obliged to have their writing circulate in manuscript, passed from hand to hand. An obvious case of this was samizdat in the Soviet Union – which might well make a return under the oppressive regime of Vlad the Vicious. This approach was forced on writers such as Mihail Bulgakov who were frowned on by the authorities. Of course, those same writers would probably have chosen to publish in the traditional way had they been able to do so.
Moving to the realm of music, it is interesting to compare the reputations of Joseph and Michael Haydn. It is almost always the case that mention is made of ‘Haydn’ as if only Joseph wrote music.
In fact, his brother Michael wrote music of great quality and a lot of it. But where Joseph made sure his music was published, Michael made no attempt to publish his.
This did not prevent his reputation reaching far and wide during his lifetime. His work was commissioned by the Spanish court (Missa Hispanica) and he was honoured in Sweden. Mozart, who had some trouble with sacred music when it came to style, wrote to his sister asking for copies of Michael’s work. And Leopold Mozart, while doing his best to undermine him in favour of his son in public, privately expressed a true appreciation of Michael Haydn’s talent.
When Michael died his achievements gradually faded from view. There are probably two reasons for this. As was recognized during his lifetime, he excelled in sacred music, and some people prefer symphonies and concertos, though he wrote quite a few of them as well. But a major factor will have been that his works, never published, were not easily available. It was necessary to search them out.
We are fortunate now that they are being sought after and performed, often to a very high standard. Discographies may not reflect this much, but there have been many live performances in recent years, some of them exceptionally good. Which is where Youtube comes into its own and where you can find them if you look.
The following performance is outstanding.
(The wonderful Hanover Girls Choir on this recording should not be confused with the Hanover Choir based in London, which is named after Hanover Square and includes male voices.)
Thank you so much Rod for sharing this wonderful post with us; so interesting and the music is uplifting.
Post re-blogged with permission from Roderick Hart’s website:
Here’s another recent article from the BBC: “Ten Days of Twitter Chaos” to give you more background info.
The main thrust of the article above by the BBC is getting Twitter Verification:
“The platform will charge users who want a blue tick verified account $8 (£7) a month, after initial reports of a $20 monthly fee were met with complaints by some celebrities, including author Stephen King.” BBC article on the link above.
Eventispress’s view is that ‘For most of us ordinary mortals, we will not need verification or a blue tick; unless you are famous, make loads of money, have loads of money, wish to stroke your own ego, or you have problems with anyone impersonating yourself on social media.’
If you would like to look into it or apply, here’s the link:
The Guardian says the following:
This makes an interesting read as to who has gained momentum and who has lost out in the take over.
We’ll give Eventispress the final say here,
‘For most everyday authors on Twitter our advice is take no notice. If you find Twitter a good way of reaching out to folks, readers, friends and other authors and more than that if you enjoy being on Twitter, then we suggest you carry on regardless, but of course it is your choice.’
Be honest. Most authors start in their own little bubble. Hopefully they soon link up with other authors for:
After all, other authors sharing the news of a fellow author’s book adds a whole new audience into the mix. If we don’t open ourselves up for this opportunity we miss a whole exciting dimension of being an author but also, don’t forget:
‘Authors are readers too!’
When we meet, usually on Zoom, we can share:
The day after our authors are already getting together locally, taking forward ideas and planning their next events.
The most important outcome of these meetings, though, is the BUZZ!
They leave us feeling optimistic, a feel good factor and above all no-one feels alone.
As an author you sometimes feel like that, don’t you! You try and reach out on Twitter, your blog, Facebook and the list goes on, but time is short and there’s no real time for the positive meaningful interaction you need, for it to be worthwhile and enjoyable.
‘You must try Tick Tock,’ a fellow author cries, ‘It’s great!’
… or whatever the trending platform is at the moment. You spread your precious time more thinly than ever and take hours getting it all set up. It’s called familiarisation! Then you launch it in a big funfair, mentioning it on your other platforms. Your enthusiasm keeps the adrenalin going for a few weeks as you juggle all you were doing, with your new ‘social media pal’ and then what? Burn out!
I’m afraid all authors have to market their own books, unless they sell squillions and can pay for a publicist; even those debut writers with the big publishing houses. Finding a balance between writing, marketing and, well, life too, is tough at the best of times.
Sadly no, but we do offer some sound advice:
The list goes on and I’m sure you could add to it.
We love real bookshops here at Eventispress. In fact all authors should make friends with their local bookshops and be a customer. The mutual support is great karma!
It is also a delight to see bookshops blogging about books, giving us updates of releases, events and news. We like the small independent blogs best; those that give an individual and local flavour.
Portobello Bookshop blog in Edinburgh
Book a Blog in Oswestry
The Mad Hatter Bookshop Blog in Burford
The Riverside Bookshop Blog in London
…also give you a fantastic flavour of trends, best sellers and new releases:
Waterstones Book Blog (who have always been supportive of us at Eventispress)
Foyles Book Blog (who have several of our books on their on line site)
Blackwell’s Bookshop Blog (who have certainly been supportive of us in the past, especially up in Edinburgh and down in Cambridge)
Just before lock-down we highlighted online bookshops which gave you the opportunity to send a percentage to your favourite local bookshop. Now a few more sites like this have set up, for those still in the ‘buy everything on line’ mode. Here are the ones we know about:
Hive supports indie bookshops
says the Guardian
says Skinny! ~ the best bookshops in Scotland
says Books and Bao
Do you have a favourite bookshop, or are you a bookshop owner who blogs? Do let us know and we’ll mention you too.
Should we be worried about the changes in Copyright regulations in the UK? Click on the article:
New warning about the increase in the price of paper:
See Publishing Perspectives excellent post.
Amazon dipped its toes in the world of bookstores. Here’s how it went:
‘Down but not Out’ by Terry Madelev from Leeds.
What would the possible merger of Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House be on the publishing world?
It has been our busiest year ever at Eventispress. We are a collective publishing company ran by authors. Everyone has their say in the business and everyone contributes. We are all individual authors but we are not alone.
OK, this scroll through summer news in the publishing world is by no means exhaustive. Please drop us a link in the comments if you know more.
All of our recent publications are now available for bookshops to order through Gardners.
In our last post by author Brian Kerr we looked at specific reasons why it is good to revise non fiction. Here we look at our wider publications:
Author Diana Jackson was one of the founding writers in Eventispress, taking back the rights of her debut novel Riduna and rereleasing it under the Eventispress umbrella.
As Diana says, “You learn so much, the more you write, and by the time I wanted to rerelease Riduna, I had already completed the manuscript for its sequel Ancasta and had begun to write a third novel. When I read it afresh I knew I could improve it, making the story line crisper and deleting some of the waffle ~ well written waffle maybe, but nevertheless I felt some of it had to go!”
Author Roderick Hart is rereleasing his novel The Ears of a Cat with us shortly, having self published it a few years ago.
Rod writes, “Since The Ears of a Cat is now to be published by Eventispress, which makes sense because it is in the same series as Interleaved Lives, I felt I needed to work on parts I just wasn’t 100% happy with, before the Eventispress team read it for the final edit and approval. “
As Diana Jackson explains,
“When I wrote MURDER, Now and Then to be published in 2014 I was predicting a world in 2019, one hundred years after the first murder took place. Once 2019 came along there were two good reasons to rewrite bits:
We are grateful for the positive and enthusiastic reviews for our books and we are not advocates of taking negative reviews too seriously. We believe in the quality of our books, but there are times when constructive criticism should be acted upon if possible.
An example could be “I enjoyed the book but found too many names beginning with ‘H’ quite confusing.”
It is a big thing to revise and rerelease a book but if the effort is to be made, then correcting something like this could be really good to ensure optimum pleasure for the reader.
If you are doing a new promotion to reach new audiences or releasing the next one in the series and there’s that one thing that niggles you about your book, then we say go for it!
We are flexible enough at Eventispress to work with authors to achieve their goals. That’s partnership for you.