People want to be mocking of that [Fifty Shades of Grey]. But bloody hell, that’s amazing—that [EL James] turned her fandom of something into something that’s an industry in itself. Why are we not applauding until our hands bleed? No, we mock her. We say, “Oh, it’s not very good.” Except she managed to write something that everybody wants to read. It’s “not very good”? By what standard is it not good if loads and loads of people love it? “Why don’t you f–k off!” It’s not for me, but I think she’s awfully clever.
Category Archives: Writer
This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.
The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
It’s a hard truth to swallow that only a fraction of your supporters will pay up when you have a book on sale or a Kickstarter project going. In direct mail, it’s common for only 1%, or even less than 1%, of recipients to respond to an offer.
In social media, it’s common for that number to be much, much smaller, sometimes orders of magnitude smaller. Neil Gaiman once tweeted one of my projects, which I was very grateful for and also very excited about given that at the time he had about 1.5 million followers on Twitter. I got a grand total of three extra supporters. That wasn’t Neil’s fault, and it wasn’t his followers’ fault, it was entirely my fault for having a project that wasn’t compelling enough, wasn’t attractive enough. But it was a tough lesson to learn that having a big reach wasn’t any guarantee of success. It was humbling.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Any post that mentions direct-mail response rates is worth reading.
Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey
Who wrote a thousand “Nick Carter” detective stories, aggregating more than fifty million words. The first was written in 1890; and during a period of years he averaged one complete book of about 33,000 words each week. In addition to his “Nick Carter” stories he has written others under the signatures Ross Beekman, Dirk Van Doren, Varick Vanardy, and also under his true name, Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey.
Mr. Dey was born in 1865, in New York City. He now lives in Nyack, on the Hudson. His article, beginning on the opposite page, is a human document of extraordinary interest.
I decided to put the complete post at my other place which awaits my purchase of a tablet so I can continue it: iPeople.
Interview with Robin Cook aka Derek Raymond [link fixed]
A transcription of an unpublished interview! My god!
You couldnt write the books I write unless you have been violently tempted to kill someone. Which I most certainly have in the past. I say that in the hidden files.
The Hidden Files is his autobiography. It’s not in print and now very expensive to get a copy. I was lucky to snag one for, I think, less than $US20 locally at The Strand bookstore in NYC. All that talk about The Long Tail and this not being available as an eBook is shocking and tantamount to a cultural crime.
Previously here and at my other blogs:
Writer Derek Raymond Offers Hope To All Of Us
Transcript: Writer Derek Raymond Rare TV Interview
Writer Derek Raymond: Rare Videos!
Writer Derek Raymond: New Images
Melville House Finally Does Derek Raymond
Melville House: A Publisher’s Epic Failure
Writer Derek Raymond 80th Birth Anniversary
Gorgeous Cover For Derek Raymond
I Must Read Writer Cathi Unsworth
Derek Raymond: Read ALL Of His Work
The Immortal Writer Derek Raymond
Derek Raymond Still Lives
Derek Raymond Is Your Year-End Reading
God Bless Writer Derek Raymond
Writer Derek Raymond Tribute
Writer Derek Raymond
Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit
And I’ll rat myself out. I mentioned Gladwell in several posts here.
(In my weak defense, I was thoroughly unimpressed with his David and Goliath and wouldn’t even waste time on a post damning it.)