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R N B

I'm only a virtual writer. Completely unpaid. No adverts. No donation box. Make of that what you will.

You said "some just drop their writing oto the web and see who picks it up". But if we return to the printed world for a moment ...

The "BookCrossing" site is well known. But for promoting one's own work, instead of just leaving your carefully crafted words where they might get binned or blown away, the exponenets of DropLifting leave their self-published creations where they are most likely to be found by people who are actually interested in buying books i.e. on the appropriate shelf of a bookshop.

I don't know whether that's novel guerrilla marketing?

Ilana

You read my book?!

Did you like it? x

Craig McGinty

Agree with you completely. Greater reach and ultimately more readers may actually enable writers to earn more than the paltry sums they currently receive.

Danuta Kean has some great articles on her blog about this, for example:

http://www.danutakean.com/blog/?p=279

awrc

As a quondam small press publisher, and a writer, myself I agree entirely - what worries me about many writers is that they have unrealistic expectations of the world's 'need' for the luxury goods they provide (I'm an ardent book consumer myself, so it's not that I don't like this stuff).

People should write for themselves - or sell out and write deliberately for the marketplace as thriller writers do. It's culturally important that literary fiction has a place in all this, but too many authors consider themselves somehow above the marketplace (having to get your hands dirty is not new - Coleridge, for example, had 'corporate sponsorship' from the Wedgwood family, who probably wondered what the stipend they provided was getting them) or that they deserve publication inherently and regardless of talent.

Here's to new models - and to a book industry that can be flexible.

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