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The Billion Dollar Artist

The Billion Dollar Artist

A couple of years ago I wrote a proposal for a Damien Hirst biog and hawked it to my agent. He loved it and with a bit of work we got to the point of sending the proposal out to twelve publishers. None of them bit, and the project bit the dust at that time....
Decent stories will find great readers

Decent stories will find great readers

Hugh Howey writes a great piece for the Huffington Post about how his book became a hot movie property. Along the way he sets out why independent publishing will be a success despite the naysayers. How My Self-Published Book ‘Wool’ Became A Hot Movie Property With sites like IndieReader springing up to support the plethora...
Writing a shack

Writing a shack

Building a shack is like writing a book. First I waited years on a list to get a piece of hardscrabble hillside. They call them allotments and I have to grow fruit and vegetables and flowers on it. The allotment is in a valley of ramshackle allotments called Roedale. From a perch at the top...

Heart of Darkness

Started to re-read Heart of Darkness and came across this great quote for my work in progress: Takers & Keepers. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is also detestable. And it has a fascination, too, that goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination—you know. Imagine the growing...

Think only of the book you are writing

From the very wonderful Brain Pickings: In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, Tropic of Cancer, Miller devised and adhered to a stringent daily routine to propel his writing. Among it was this list of eleven commandments, found in Henry Miller on Writing — a fine addition to these 9...

The Museum of Innocence

I’ve always been a writer but I also became an artist along the way. I’m trained more as an artist than as anything else and for a long time I made more art than writing. It slowly occured to me that lots of the things I wanted to talk about in my art were very...

People I knew without the gelatin

“The deceased, as you know, have the inconvenient habit of cooling off too slowly; they’re burning hot. So they are turned into aspics by pouring memories over them–the best form of gelatin. And since deceased greats are also too large, they are cut down. The nose, say, is served separately, or the tongue. You need...

Terror

They say writing is long periods of boredom interspersed with moments of sheer terror. Oh, hang on, that’s war.

Buying books from my (non)Kindle

Kindle. I don’t have one, but I use the Kindle app on my iPad. The sample options is excellent – you can read the beginning of a book to find out how it works. So I’ve got a sample of a non-fiction book here and I reached theend of the sample and I want to...

British Library, redux

Last week I had a curiously psychogeographical day in London. It was also curiously satisfying. First, I went to get a readers card for the British Library. When I first came to London, in 1985, I also went and got myself a readers card. Back then, the British Library was in the round room in...

A poem for Xmas

Spent We are spent,our civility undone,desire squirted out,secretions secreted. What was continent isincontinent.Collectively our seed fell on stony ground. Time to discover what we got for our savings,like, fuck all. We spent jackasses after making babies,lying on our sidesgasping for toys tat toffee ipad laptop clipclop nice shop apple store more. There is always more,it...

How Punk Rock Led Me To The Joys and Perils of Self Publishing

Yeah, me too.How Punk Rock Led Me Down The Garden Path To The Joys and Perils of Self Publishing – IndieReader Punk was a generation-defining social movement which accidentally gave birth to the fanzine—a Xerox-nourished zygote that slowly grew and mutated—decades later—into independent publishers and POD. The startling realization that you could do things yourself—put...