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Occasional Rants

Will the real Jane Davis please stand up. (Oh, you as well?)

Another email today from a reader saying, ‘Do you know that when I Google you, I get your photo but with the bio of an American Jane Davis?’ Yes, dear reader, I do know. I am clearly not American because I have bad teeth. But I’ll admit it. I’m nostalgic for the days when I…
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Dear Ros

It’s been a long time since I published a rant, but today I’m livid. Last week I read an article by traditionally published author Ros Barber and was in complete sympathy with her. This morning, after reading her reply to those who have suggesting the solution may be self-publishing, I find myself her opposite. I have…
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Who will buy? Jane Davis ponders ebook pricing

Who decides when the price is right? And what is the author's cut?

Yesterday I joined a discussion in a forum for a group of self-confessed book lovers. An on-line book club, if you like. One member commented that she had noticed a steep hike in the cost of ebooks and didn’t understood the reason for it. Others rushed to agree. Time for a little clarification: (1)    Ebooks…
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Who says that librarians are scary?

A myth-busting exercise at Redhill Library

Having previously failed to convince Surrey libraries to stock my self-published titles, I was delighted to be invited to Redhill to talk to a packed room of librarians and key influencers. But, whilst my intention was to bust a few myths, I was also interested to learn about the obstacles as they see them. If the publishing…
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Did I mention that there might be the occasional rant?

Let’s get this straight: I don’t have a lot of money, so I don’t like being ripped off. I don’t even like the feeling that someone might be ripping me off. So when I pay a builder  £7,000 for a job, I don’t expect to receive a bill for materials that he forgot to include in his…
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Still in Shock, On Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall

Many of you will know that I am interested in cover design. Today, a review I posted on Amazon has invited more comments that anything else I have posted of late, and so I thought I would share it. ‘Amazon customers have occasionally commented ‘that is not a review’ when I have posted my thoughts…
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For Those Who Feel Imprisoned by What They Do

Yet again, I find myself quoting from other people’s material, but I like to share the things that inspire me. This time Stephen Fry has come to the rescue. Interviewed for the Radio Times by a 14-year-old boy called Eden, he was asked if there were any ambitions he had left. He quoted Oscar Wilde who…
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Uncommon Arrangements

I read yesterday of the sad loss of Hilary (Hilly) Kilmarnock, mother of Martin Amis and wife of the late Kingsley Amis. I knew nothing of Hilly’s story, but was moved to learn how, years after she Kingsley and divorced, Kingsley, unsuited to life on his own, was welcomed into the home of Hilly and her husband, Lord Kilmarnock. The…
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Tomorrow’s Writers

This week, attending a book club meeting, I was asked the question, ‘Where are tomorrow’s writers going to come from?’ It was spoken with frustration by a primary school teacher who told me that parents don’t read to their children any more, that children don’t grow up seeing their parents reading at home, that living rooms are no longer lined…
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Dilemma

So, my local Lib Dem MP, Tom Brake, has emailed me to ask for my views on the proposal to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. And I want to reply with the word CRUEL to show my complete horror at the suggestion – but something is preventing me. It is the foxes who use my garden on…
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