Hanif Kureishi says, “Writing is an art, but it is also a business. I’m trying to be an artist but I’ve also got to send my kids to school. The writing schools often teach about just being an artist, but that’s not the half of it; that conversation about being a brand is what is happening, that’s what it has become.”
[Interview with The Bookseller magazine, December 6, 2013]
It certainly does feel that authors these days have to do so much more than simply write a novel. You have to be an ace at social media [unless you are Jonathan Franzen], public speaking, self-promotion, review books, write short stories and essays, and teach. The days of ‘the writer alone in his garret’ are over. Now we must all put ourselves out there in the world.
‘The Last Word’ by Hanif Kureishi [UK: Faber]
If you agree with Hanif Kureishi, perhaps you will agree with:-
Vanessa Lafayae – on weaving together historical fact with invented characters
Matt Haig – The quickest way you could kill books in their tracks is to stop taking risks
Michèle Forbes – I was born there, grew up there, and I felt I had to reconnect with the place