So what do we writers do when our back list titles are left languishing by both publishers and booksellers? Well, ideally, if the publisher isn't motivated in that direction, we get rights back - ideally covers too - and make them available as e-books.
For writers used to presenting a book manuscript as a Microsoft Word and having
it appear on the bookshelves, the DIY of e-publishing can be daunting.
But not impossible. If you're short of time or not into digitalising, employ the experts. Okay, so it costs money - varying amounts, and of course you've to find that expert. But as writers we're used to research -and e-book publishing is a project that needs to be researched.
I bit the e-publishing bullet a few months ago with these titles, and can report that so far I'm pleased with sales which wouldn't otherwise be happening if they weren't available in e-book format.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
James Joyce's iconic short story The Dead, adapted for the stage by Frank McGuinness opens in the Abbey Theatre later this month. Professor Frank McGuinness is an award winning poet and playwrite.
The Dead, the last story in Dubliners, illustrates the importance for Joyce of dates, places and names. This story is regarded as having changed the face of modern literature with its usage of what is now called 'mix narrative', and in its construction Joyce takes language to the maximum of its ability, with plot not playing much of a role.
The short stories comprising Dubliners were written between 1902 and 1907 and were inspired by the time he spent in Rome. The structure of the collection is thematic: opening
stories are of childhood; move onto adolescence; then adult life and finally public life.
Aspiring authors take heart: Joyce had difficulty getting a publisher interested with the result that the collection wasn't published until 1914.
He is now the most written on author in the area of international literary studies.