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The Rise And Fall Of The E-book

July 11th, 2017

First, thanks to Walter for last week’s blog. I couldn’t agree more with what he has to say. Winning a writing competition has lots of advantages: the prize (whether cash or some other goodie), the confidence it gives you (let’s be honest, we all like our egos massaging at times), publication, the promotion you get as a writer and, of course, the chance to meet famous authors!

There’s also the fact that making yourself write something new for a competition and then polishing it until you know it’s the very best you can do is wonderful discipline for any writer. And this is one of the main reasons why, here at Writers Bureau, we hold a number of competitions each year: short story, flash fiction, poetry and limerick. So, here’s a quick reminder that you’ve still time to have some fun and win a cash prize by entering our latest Limerick Competition. The closing date is 31st July… so it’s creeping up on you fast!

I’ve just been reading an article about e-book sales. Apparently, these slumped 17% last year while sales of physical books rose by 8% (to three billion pounds) – the highest total since 2012. I know there are all kinds of theories about this, but my firm belief is that the e-book world has got greedy and readers are rebelling against this. I just won’t pay £5.99 or £7.99 for an intangible product when I can go into Tesco or most book stores and get a good paperback for £3.00-£4.00. Now, I tend to only top up my Kindle when I’m going on holiday, with something I really want to read, or classics that are out of copyright and free.

In the past I’ve been tempted by Amazon offers promoting books at £1.99 or £0.99 – but if they’re dreadful you’ve still wasted your money.

And, let’s be honest, if you enjoy a good read and don’t have a great deal of money to spare, you can’t beat your local library. When I was at school and university we always had ‘library/reading lists’ – and I still do this. Whenever I read about a book that I think might interest me, or a new book by one of my favourite authors, I jot it down in a special notebook. Then I take this along when I go to the library (or when I’m browsing through Amazon on the off-chance). I usually manage to pick up one or two of the books – and if they’re not on the shelves they’ll order them for you.

My guest next week is Storm Grayson. I owe Storm a big apology as she sent me this post quite a while ago and it got tucked away in my inbox and overlooked! But it will be available for everyone to read next week and I hope you find her advice about never giving up motivating.

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