Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ever Decreasing Circles

Few publishers are interested in works by new writers except through agents. But few agents are interested in works by writers unless they're published. Such circles are of course, part of life - ask many job applicants. No experience, no job. No job, no experience.

But job hunters can fall back on apprenticeships and the like - not so with writers. We can give away our talents on the internet of course, but few publishers or agents regard this very highly.

My biggest question is this: Who do the publishers (and agents) think they'll be publishing in 30 years time when the current collection of authors are retired or dead?

Serious effort needs to be made to provide support for emerging authors. Never mind awards for established authors, what is really needed is a system whereby previously unpublished authors can get a foot in the door.

Government or commercial sponsorship perhaps - or better access to print-on-demand services such as that soon to be deployed by Angus and Robertson - or something else? At least when one is read and rejected there is some merit in that - but given the few publishers or agents that still accept unsolicited manuscripts - getting read is extremely difficult.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Arables is available now!

Prepare to be amused and amazed but above all, moved.

Arables is a collection of short stories to strengthen, grow and perhaps even challenge your Christian faith. They don’t aim to change what you believe, just encourage you to think about more about it. Click through the preview for a contents list and the first story.

  • When are you beyond redemption?
  • Exclusivity and its dangers?
  • Women in the Church?
  • Commitments, commitments!
  • The technology of faith.

These are just some of the concepts that Arables presents to us with a unique style and humour all of its own.

Whether you are a committed Christian or just on the fringe, Arables is thought provoking and entertaining.

Prepare to be amused and amazed but above all, moved.

Make sure you buy your copy today!

Get in quick for Christmas.