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Cover design for ‘Heronfield’

I am currently working with Lorna Gray, artist and friend, on ideas for the cover of the ebook version of Heronfield which will be published later this summer or early in the autumn.

We have one or two ideas we are ‘playing with’ which is very exciting and I look forward to seeing the draft of our favourite idea so far!

Does an author need an agent?

It has always been difficult for a new author to break into the market.  The first, and most difficult, step of finding an agent has daunted even those who now feature on best-seller lists on a regular basis yet initially had their work rejected time and again.  Perseverance – and a thick skin – have always been key to getting work published.  Until now.

With the advent of the ebook authors with just basic computing skills are able to format their work for multiple ebook publishers and publish themselves.  Some people think that this will mean that the market is flooded with poor quality work, though others say that the consumers will soon weed this out simply by not buying.

So, does an author need an agent? 

I would be interested to hear your views.  Especially if you are an agent or an author!

ebook versus the printed page

I have loved books all my life, from my first board books as a baby until today. The satisfying feel of the weight of a book in my hand, the smell of the paper, the sound of the turning page, the varied print and illustrations to feast my eyes upon.

Now comes the ebook. The physical senses are not stirred in the same way, but the imagination can still take flight and soar.

Does the arrival of the ebook herald the death of the printed word? Or will the two media complement each other?

What do you think?