Ink Links Roundup – Phillip Pullman, Protecting Creativity, and Self-Pub Stats


Philip Pullman: Rules of writing from man behind His Dark Materials

6. Write for yourself
When you’re writing, you have to please yourself because there’s no-one else there initially.
But the book doesn’t fully exist until it’s been read. The reader is a very important part of the transaction – and people have to read things they want to read.
I’m writing for me – I write for all the “me’s” that have been.
From the first me I can remember, the me who first got interested in stories and loved listening to them; to the me who was here at Oxford 50 years ago; to the me who was a school teacher, telling stories to the class.
All of these. I’m writing for me. And I am lucky to have found such a wide audience – and an audience which contains both adults and children is the best of all.

6 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Protect Creativity

The problem is “making it” is never enough. There is always another mountain to scale, always another sacrifice to be made, always a little more money needed to put more bounce in the safety net of your life’s savings, always one more 5-star review to be earned before you’re finally a success.

Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

Kate found this to be an interesting news tidbit…but also woefully inaccurate. Why?

According to the report, ISBNs for print books rose 11.3% to 638,624 titles, while e-book ISBNs for self-publishers fell 3.2% to 148,311. Since Bowker measures the number of self-published books by ISBN, its count does not include e-books released by authors through Amazon’s KDP program, as they use ASIN identifiers rather than an ISBNs.

So while it is safe to say that print books have increased through self publishing, it is NOT accurate to quote that self-publishing digitally has decreased.


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