Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Writing - Judging one's market

So an hour or so ago Theresa May shocked the UK and some parts of the world by announcing a snap general election to take place June 8th. Mrs May thinks that the time is right.

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Theresa May

Please don't switch off this is not a party political blog on behalf of any party. I was interested because of the evidence she presented about her adversaries. The political spin doctors have judged that the time is right for the conservatives to increase their majority.

In some respects it is rather like publishers judging the market as to the type of books to push. You know the sort of thing. YA fiction is hot just now, or SciFi, perhaps romantic historical fiction.

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The point is that we writers are subject to the way in which publishers are jumping right now. Of course the difficulty is that writers are not subject driven but writing driven. I write the subjects that interest and inspire me, not what someone else dictates. All of this adds up to the fact that if you want to be published you as an individual need to be marketable or your chosen genre needs to be in 'fashion'. So a bit of a lottery!

Whatever, keep writing.


Patrick Steele is off crusading once again with his sidekick, fiancée Naomi Kobayashi. This time he is risking life and limb by returning to the hostile shores of the USA. He has had brushes with the authorities in that vast country on previous occasions, but now has been stimulated to return because of apparent dodgy dealings over the World Trade Centre disaster of September 11th 2001.
After discovering numerous ‘theories’ concerning 9/11 and who was behind it, Steele identifies possible links between large corporations with financial interests and political parties. In a presidential election year he is concerned that those vying for that prodigious post may have links with the disaster.
Has Steele discovered underhand dealing by the US security services? 
Did one of the major political parties have a hand in the destruction of 9/11?
Will Steele be caught by the CIA or can he escape back to the safety of the UK?
What was Building 7?

God Bless