|Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Now it’s all over bar the screaming
Brexit has revealed what sort of country we are – and it isn’t pretty – but we only have ourselves to blame. We were too relaxed about rampant inequality, writes...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Here's one for the Mantel piece
A plot to assassinate a world leader has landed a British author in a spot of bother, prompting the organisation English PEN to speak up on her behalf.
For those who don't know,Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Clutching at chores
There's a time and a place for everything, but these days a writers' time and headspace are being devoured by a rapacious brood of craft-hungry cuckoos that forever want more MORE – and this blog is one of 'em...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
First time for everything, if you can find where it starts
In this age of blogs and digital self-publishing, Mark Cantrell is curious to know what exactly constitutes an author's debut these days...
Lately, I've seen a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 2, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
It's my brand and I'll distract if I want to…
The other day, I read a little piece on the HuffPost that suggests authors shouldn't be writing 'off topic' because in doing so they are distracting from their author 'brand'.
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|Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
It's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for
We've all got a stake in social security, so when it comes to the privations of welfare reform, maybe it's time we got work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to take the point to hear...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Coffee and cultists in the Uncanny Valley
THE other day I was having a quiet coffee in a cafe down the road from Manchester Piccadilly station, when a conversation caught my attention - there were corporate cultists in the building.
A few ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
When did getting a job become more like
joining a cult?
By Mark Cantrell
IN 21st Century Britain, employers wouldn't dream of trawling cyberspace for any symptoms of 'disloyalty' to the 'brand', or any other signs of dissenting opinion; this is, after all, a democratic country with a strong civic tradition that has long tolerated differences o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Is silence digital in the
By Mark Cantrell
AS authors, indeed as readers, we are in our own ways informal custodians of a literary culture that stretche...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
A curmudgeon to the end,
but didn't the athletes do well?
Mark Cantrell confesses to being an Olympics cynic, but all the same he applauds the sporting prowess demonstrated by the athletes: they put sincerity and spirit into an otherwise corporate festival of bread and circus
For the record, I'm an Olympics curmudgeon and thoroughly unapologetic about my lack of suitable patriotic ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Editors are not the enemy of good fiction
A good editor wants the same thing as a good author - and that's to make a novel the best it can be. So stop being so precious about it, writes Mark Cantrell
THERE'S seldom a book written that doesn't benefit from the fresh eye of an editor, but prior to the emergence of the Indie publishing scene, this truth was probably little known - or at least little regarded - by the readin...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Let the wordsmiths flow
As the nascent Indie publishing scene develops, its greatest challenge is not just to win the battle for respectability, writes Mark Cantrell - but also to avoid becoming a pale imitation of the big publishing corporates
YEARS ago, I wrote that the "floodgates should be opened to a deluge of talent" and now it appears to be happening, but not in the way that I ever envisaged. It's kind of scary, but exciting t...Read Full Post »