A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
ALTERNATIVE PUBLISHING EVENT
Monday the 13th of April to Friday the 1st of May
Once not so very long ago an aspiring author’s choices were simple:
( a ) Traditional publishing.
( b ) Vanity publishing.
Today e-publishing, independent publishing, Print on Demand and all the various hybrids in between have changed the previously familiar landscape forever.
VL’s Alternative Publishing Event was originally conceived as a theme week, taking a look at the modern publishing scene from a few different perspectives; but it’s a subject with so many facets about which we had so many ideas, that we eventually had enough material for not just one or even two weeks, but three.
We considered paring it down, or splitting it into separate theme weeks spread across the year, but in the end decided that because it was potentially of so much interest to so many people, we would do something almost unprecedented and dedicate three consecutive weeks to one subject.
Welcome to Week One of our Alternative Publishing Event …
Monday: Kate interviews our recently reviewed author Peter Kennedy to find out exactly how he went about getting his book published to his precise specifications.
Wednesday: Moira reviews Penelope Farmer’s poignant new novel, Goodnight Ophelia.
Friday: In a searingly honest interview, Penelope Farmer talks about – amongst other things – Amazon and the midlist author, ageism and sexism in publishing, the virtues and vicissitudes of Print on Demand and the not unmixed blessing of having written an acknowledged genre classic.
There is quite an emotional range in this week's reading by the Bookfoxes - from amazement tinged with inadequacy on Monday to disappointment on Friday, via a sense of unease.
Monday: Hilary, who cannot put two stitches into a piece of canvas without creating a hole and several knots, is amazed almost beyond description by the V&A's latest exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery - and has bought the book to prove it.
Wednesday: Kirsty D is unsettled by Deborah Levy's Hot Milk.
Friday: Simon learns to deal with disappointment - with The Eyre Affair.