Monday, 27 August 2012

Fifty-two stories

Just a reminder that my project 52 Songs, 52 Stories is still rumbling along, publishing a new story each week inspired by a song.

This week's story comes from the Mynabirds' song 'What We Gained In The Fire' and you can read it here.

By my reckoning, it's the thirty-sixth story so far this year. Each pretty much written on the spot, maybe tinkered with for a minute or two, and then published. Which is quite liberating, and one of the best things I have got out of this is that I know for sure that even if I feel bereft of all inspiration, I can sit down and force myself to it and lo, after a little while, inspiration comes along. That's something I really need to keep in mind.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Um, what?

Received an email from Amazon yesterday, telling me that I have to confirm that I have the rights to distribute Ice Age, or to get the rights holder to contact them direct.

The email manages to both threaten that if I don't do this within five days my book will be pulled, and to tell me that the book has been pulled already (which doesn't appear to be true), which doesn't exactly fill me with confidence either.

So I've emailed them back to point out that they have sent their email to Iain Rowan, who is holder of the Amazon KDP account in the name of Iain Rowan, asking him to prove that he has the rights to the book Ice Age by Iain Rowan, which is a collection of short stories, each and every one by...Iain Rowan.

So essentially, they have asked me to get in touch with myself and ask myself if I am prepared to allow myself the rights to distribute the book that I wrote, and then get back to them and tell them that I do in fact agree with myself.

Which seems a really sensible use of all our time.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Booker...not

Well, that's nice. Thanks to some kind people my novel One of Us is on the long list for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

If you've read One of Us and have a Guardian account and can be arsed to write a short review over there, then that might help it onto the final shortlist. Instructions on how to do that are in the article above.

As a reward for even thinking about it, here's a picture of me for you to cut out and keep.