Thirsty for Bytes?

It’s not easy being an inde­pend­ent author. By inde­pend­ent, I don’t mean ‘attached to an inde­pend­ent pub­lish­ing house’. I mean hir­ing a proofread­er, edit­or, cov­er design­er, and not being invited to pub­lish­ing shindigs. M’colleague Matt F Curran doesn’t think it’s easy either. He is the brains behind Thirst Editions, a new, vir­tu­al pub­lish­ing out­fit under whose aus­pices Matt, Aliya Whiteley, Roger Morris, Frances Garrod, and Tim Stretton will be put­ting out a title or two. These authors are not all inde­pend­ent by the above defin­i­tion, but they’ve all had work passed over on the grounds of mass mar­ket appeal rather than qual­ity — and with ebooks and the long tail, qual­ity can now count.

There is no ‘i’ in team. There are, how­ever, three in ‘Thirst Editions’.

I think you know what I mean.

If you don’t, take a look at this post, where Matt out­lines the eth­os behind Thirst Editions.

Monday, 23rd April is launch day. My nov­el Proper Job will be re-pub­lished as a Thirst Editions book (reserving Writer As A Stranger for the Saskia Brandt books) at the crazy price of 77p, along with Tim’s Dragonchaser and Aliya’s Mean Mode Median. These last two are also cheap-as-chips.

What are you wait­ing for? We’d appre­ci­ate your sup­port.

Roger Morris on Rejection

Roger Morris, guest­ing at Nik Perring’s blog, writes mov­ingly on rejec­tion:

I’ve been writ­ing all my life, and des­per­ately try­ing to get pub­lished for over half of it. What this means is that I have been liv­ing with rejec­tion for years. And years. And years. You know, when you spend so long liv­ing with some­thing, you get used to it being around. When it’s gone, you kind of miss it, even though all it ever did was block out the light like a men­tal and emo­tion­al eye­sore.

Something to think about.

Nik’s Blog

Roger Morris Speaks

Well, types. The truth is, m’colleague Roger Morris has been inter­viewed by thev­iew­from­here. Parts 1 and 2 are now avail­able.

[…] There was a launch party for the Macmillan New Writing imprint, and I met the read­er who had pulled my book out of the slush pile. That was a great moment. She took the trouble to find me and con­grat­u­late me and say how much she had enjoyed the book. Needless to say, I was extremely grate­ful to her.

Back in the day, I reviewed Roger’s excel­lent Taking Comfort.

The view from here: Interview with R N Morris — Part 1 of 2