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Who Knows the History of Traditional Publishing??

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Not many. Especially readers. Well, guess what it’s only been around for approx 120 – 150 years at most. Writers used to go out an find a printer who would print copies of their manuscripts, pay them and then the writer would sell their books to the public.  Oh, wait! Isn’t this what we do now?  Who are some of the writers who printed books prior to publishing houses?  Try these and if a reader ever says they would never or have never read a self-published author, then smile and ask them if they enjoyed reading these authors:

Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austin, Virginia Woolf, Beatrix Potter

Books:  The Bible – yep…just think of how old this book is and how many thousands of times it’s been translated, which also means it has probably been mistranscribed hundreds if not thousands of times.

For centuries…Authors have been INDEPENDENT and many of us seem to have forgotten this. Each and every other wrote a story, went to a printer and paid to have their manuscripts turned into leather bound books to sell to future readers. THEY PAID THE PRINTER TO FORMAT THEIR MANUSCRIPT ONE LETTER AT A TIME.

Of course, ideas and technology changed through the years. Printers started to take a share of the sales instead of being paid for the work. Profits soared and TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING was born. Things continued to change and grow. All Books were leather bound until a cheaper way was found. I grew up with hardback books made with coloured hard card covers. Not a picture in sight unless you looked inside the book…mainly children’s. Then you got picture books and magazine…PUBLISHING was making these once  PRINTERS rich. As books got cheaper to produce and sell, more ordinary folk started to read. Reading was taught to all children to some extent at school…This depends on the years of schooling and how schooling has changed.

Authors were losing creative control of their work when Publishing Companies bought the copyright to their books. Publishers would only accept manuscripts they could sell at a profit. Yeah, this makes sense, except it left millions of amazing authors behind with stories which should still be read. It meant the public aka readers got an overdose of certain authors…BEST SELLING AUTHOR. Who still created good stories, most of the time because they’d found out how to sell their product and keep readers happy and Publishers in profit.

Then came the INDEPENDENTS again. Wanting to tell, share and even sell their stories. Some good, some terrible and some which should be bestsellers…if only the public knew about them. They began to take out the middleman, stopped giving them a share of the profits, paying contractors to assist them with what they didn’t know or wished to learn. This is where we stand today.

FROM INDEPENDENT AUTHORS who everyone has read to INDEPENDENT AUTHORS who few know about or refuse to read because they aren’t TRAD PUBLISHED.

120 – 150 years of change and we are now coming back to where we started centuries ago. From Writing and Inscriptions on walls and stones to wood, slate and paper. 


The Need to Write

WRITING – Yep I do this sometimes.  Mainly when I am bored to tears or my fingers just take off and flow over the keyboard.  Why write?  Well there are several reasons. Here are mine:

To teach someone about something they have little knowledge about, if I know more about the subject

To research for information and take notes. Be it for fiction or family history and blogs.

To share an experience in life, work or anything else that comes to mind.

To share a story and engage readers.

To entertain children and adults with something which can take them away from reality for a short while.

Because it is fun and my teachers at High School wouldn’t put me forward for O’level English (yeah it still shows at times.)

I’ve never been one to prove a point when I don’t know the answer, though I do love a good debate and weaving stories through theories is amazing fun.  Could it really happen?  Well this is what fiction is all about MAKE BELIEVE.  It makes you think, dream and perhaps encourages you to try something new or find the answer.

WRITING is also about learning, listening and gaining knowledge.  Most of us know about the world today because we read, be it books or online.  However, we have to be careful not to get sucked into so much FAKE news which is a constant on many social media accounts today.

SADLY Writing is also exploited, used against us in many ways.  We read things into bible passages, taking them out of context.  Personally I won’t listen to anyone quoting bible phrases unless they have read the bible from the beginning to the end.  I know my grandfather did.  He was a Minister.  A lovely gentleman, who sadly I didn’t get to meet.  Politicans have also used the written word to their advantage, making us angry over things which really have no meaning.  Lawyers can complicate the language so we don’t understand and I am sure there are times people have signed away their rights without realising it – until it’s too late.  Journalists…News Media, Organisations who tell you something is wrong – many things cross out paths in life and it is up to US to work out what is true and what isn’t. 



ARC Reviews: The Night of the Moonflower by Poppy Mann

The Night of the Moonflower is a book that can be judged by its cover. The glowing, exotic moonflower it features is a tantalising entrée into a diverse world which melds genres in a plot incorporating romance, diplomacy, intrigue, political machinations, revenge and with a mysterious soldier of fortune at its core. It is an intriguing story line crafted together with skilful insight. Poppy Mann is a debut author who writes with perception and the ability to leave readers demanding “what’s next?”. A sequel is eagerly awaited

 Jill Nicholas QSM




A scintillating ride, taking us from the suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand, to the diplomatic circles and presidential court of Jakarta in the 1970s. Poppy Mann shows a sure touch with plot, dialogue and character. Her Anna proves an attractive and resourceful heroine as she uncovers the truth about her glamorous husband’s past. Part romance, part thriller, part travelogue, The Night of the Moonflower kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to Poppy Mann’s next book.  

Catherine Watson

Wonthaggi, Australia


An enthralling and luminous story of a young woman thrown into a diplomatic life and a country full of political upheaval.  This bold and daring novel is an intriguing insight into a tale of a passionate young woman and her dangerous involvement with a mysterious soldier.

The reader is vividly drawn into the beauty and romance of Indonesia and the talent of a young fashion designer in the 1970s.

Couldn’t put this book down and look forward to reading many more by this author.

Jude Robinson


The Night of the Moonflower by Poppy Mann – I was drawn into its essence straight away with the clever first chapter, and it’s development throughout the book. It holds so many aspects of life including action and suspense, tenderness, romance and deep love, fear, sadness and courage, and so much more. I learned so much about people and places in the world. I also learned to love one character especially along the way, and wondered if others would too. It is a book I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait for the next one.



Write how we Read

Something I stumbled on the other day.  I know alot of writers probably start to write for themselves or their families.  Then you make a sale or two and think…maybe I can write and make some money as well.  Now is the time to write.  The question is “How do you Write?”

On a personal level I like reading fast paced books without to much indepth discription, therefore making my own mind up what I can see or not see.  I realised today – after working with a client, that I write the way I enjoy reading.  Fast paced, good flow and not a care about grammar, unless it brings your reading to a screeching holt.  I enjoy using words I understand, accents I know.  I enjoy writing a book where you can’t work out the ending, though I have books you know or think you know what may happen.  I find these fun. I like it when it dawns on you…duh.  LOL

I write like I talk or as if I am talking to someone. My muses converse with each other which is why my dialogue is like watching a movie or TV show.  You can see what is taking place in front of you, especially if you let your imagination loose.

I don’t read books for grammar, I read to escape, to enjoy a dream, sometimes wondering what it would be like to be there in that time or space.  Those with long descriptions I end up putting down because I am bored to death with too much background information.

So what type of fans do I need.  Well I need the same type of readers as me.  What fits me will fit those who read the same way. The next thing to find out is how to find those readers. I may just do a survey.

So what type of writer are you?