It’s been a while since my last PhD update, and a lot has been
happened since my last
blog in February. Since I last posted an update I’ve published a journal article, approved a proof on a book
chapter, and even appeared on national radio! And this isn’t even to mention my
podcast, website work and the small matter of my thesis…
It’s been a strange few months. I don’t feel like I’ve
actually ‘done’ all that much, but I do seem to be making some sort of
progress. Yesterday I printed out a complete first draft of my thesis, and I’ve
just submitted amendments for a publication that I hope will be forthcoming
later this year. I’ve also launched
a podcast, and had a feature
article printed in SCAN.
I’ve just had an interview published in the Lancaster University student newspaper, SCAN. Students and staff at Lancaster can pick up a free copy from all the usual locations, including the Library entrance. The issue will be available for the next three weeks. For those of you unable to get hold of a copy, the text from the interview is reproduced below.
One of the hardest things about writing is that it inevitably
leads you to bare some small part of your soul to the world. This is
particularly true of fiction as the world you create is wholly your own. If
someone doesn’t like your characters, then they don’t like the characters you created. Similarly, if they have a
problem with the politics, or the themes of your work, then again, they have a
problem with your politics, and your themes. This is quite different from
other types of writing where more
often than not you will be working to a set of guidelines that may constrain
your work, for in this case, the work you produce is all down to you, and there
is simply no place to hide.
This challenge becomes even more difficult when it comes to
self-publishing. Unlike regular publishing, where you might have an editor and
production team working with you to oversee the process, when it comes to
self-publishing, the power is wholly in your hands. This can be a remarkably
liberating step, and certainly has a number of advantages; however, it can also
pose great challenges when it comes to marketing and self-promotion. On the one
hand, naturally, you want to sell your work, and put it out there, but at the
same time, there is a sense that absolutely everything to do rests on your shoulders,
and if someone doesn’t like it, then it’s completely down to you.