Sunday, 14 February 2016
Charles Dickens did it, so why shouldn't you do it?
What? Write and publish your own book!
In his novel Paul Carroll follows the fate and fortunes of four very different wouldbe authors as they struggle to get their book published.
In their attempts to follow their dreams of literary fame and fortune they decide to employ the path of self-publishing.
In his novel Paul Carroll turns his beady eye and satirical pen on a variety of targets: Batty and self-important writers, Literary agents who like to imagine that they are far more important than they really are, publishers who are bewildered by the constant pressure of their lives and what about the self-proclaimed experts who promise (oh, the promises they make!) to turn the aspiring authors into a publishing star. All for a not inconsiderable price, of course!)
The book is filled with humour, of that there is no doubt. It's a fun read that guys those who deserve to be guyed and also pokes gentle fun at the credulous and the well-meaning.
But as they say, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Or a life...
But the author points out that behind the humorous aspects of this book the avid reader (and those of us with several novels that require just that little bit more polishing before publication!) will find more genuine and worthwhile information and guidance on how to get your novel or non-fiction book published than you will find in any of the over-priced writing courses and the workshops that are available and, it would seem, designed to part aspiring writers from their money.
And with courses starting at £500 for a ten week beginners course, the smart option would appear to be to pay £8.99 of the paperback version of this book (published by Troubador) or £2.99 for the e-version.
You can purchase this book -and thousands of other books- via the That's Books and Entertainment online book shop, which you will find to the right of this review.