Monday, 12 January 2009

Passing through

What with everything (to which can be added a chest infection and a touch of food poisoning), I haven't felt much like posting, writing, or doing very much at all except vegging in front of the TV with some DVDs and reading.

So, nothing really exciting to write about.

Thin Reflections has picked up a few rejections (so nothing unexpected there) and I'm getting my strength up to package a few more submissions. Given the current climate, caused by all those useless wankers (sorry, bankers... no, I got it right first time) who wouldn't know a book if I smacked them round the back of the head with one, I doubt anything other than the usual, sure-fire garbage is going to be picked up by the 'big-players'. You know the ones; all those corporate suits wondering why the market for z-list celeb, ghost-written shite has dried up and moaning that nobody writes any decent (that is, money-spinning) books any more. I will not be sorry if they crash, burn, smoulder, and blow away on the wind. They will have caused their own demise. My only sympathy, really, is with mid list authors and all of us who aspire to that exalted position. But maybe, just maybe, all those hardworking independent publishers and book shops will come back into their own and we will see a book market that puts a great deal more emphasis on the product than on the profit margin, bonuses, and shareholders dividends.

You can tell I'm feeling better - back to biting the hand that might (well, probably never will) feed me.

Here's hoping you all get that book finished, snapped up, and in print this year.


Zinnia Cyclamen said...

And I hope you do too, Graeme. Blimey, you've been in the wars. Glad you're feeling better.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Thanks, Zinnia.

I've just realised how apposite the post title was, given that I've had food poisoning.

liz fenwick said...

Hope you are still on the mend.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Many thanks, yes. Had some chocolate today. Mmmmmmm.

Anne Brooke said...

Sorry to hear about the health issues and glad you're feeling better now. Get that book out to the next round of publishers and don't let the proverbials grind you down. There's a lot of the damn things around, sigh.

Love & hugs


BT said...

So sorry to hear of your health problems Graeme. Chocolate - my cure for everything! Good plan.

Leatherdyke's book is now our and I have read it. Such a fun read, do get one if you can Graeme. In the meantime, keep sending yours off.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Anne: Will do. First on my list for Monday.

BT: Ah. I feel like a bit of retail therapy. Books. Mmmmmm. Chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmm.

BT said...

25 Things Meme from LeatherdykeUK
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

If you want to ignore this or write about how annoying memes are, Graeme, that's fine!! I can't work out how to 'tag' people!

Graeme K Talboys said...

Cheers, BT.