Articles by Richard Herley

The secret joy of reading

July 16, 2012 // 2 Comments

Image: Mr Absurd I was lucky enough to be taught to read in the era before television: well, it was being broadcast in the mid 1950s, but our set was like a wardrobe with a [...]

Peter Quennell on Vladimir Nabokov

July 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

  I decided to re-read Lolita and found this: ‘Every distinguished novelist creates a separate world; and, having crossed the frontier, we find that the world we know [...]

Dangerous territory

June 12, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s reported that J Sainsbury, the British supermarket chain, has bought a stake in the ebook seller Anobii, expects to own 64% of the site, and is preparing to “take [...]

Awesome Indies

May 9, 2012 // 6 Comments

Here we have a common perception among would-be readers of self-published fiction: Yeah, $2.99 books have been, in my experience, not worth the electrons it took to produce [...]

A proposal for author rankings

December 23, 2011 // 3 Comments

  Writing is a solitary craft, and many writers seem to be less outgoing than the norm. For such people, self-promotion is a nightmare. They see it as little more than [...]

The bottom line

December 9, 2011 // 5 Comments

Hachette have “leaked” a memo explaining why they are necessary. One of the many germane comments about the article is this, from Linton Robinson: BTW, [...]

My first fountain pen

November 21, 2011 // 3 Comments

My first fountain pen: ” Image: BenFrantzDale Writers are obsessed with stationery. The lure of a stationer’s – or even the stationery shelves at some soulless [...]

Feedback and the rise of ereading

October 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

I trained as a biologist, and one of the most powerful phenomena in biology is the positive feedback loop, in which a behaviour or process reinforces and perpetuates itself [...]

Thank you readers

October 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Amazon is sometimes portrayed as the 800-pound gorilla in the ebook jungle, and maybe it is, but for an author who wants to be read that gorilla runs the biggest game in [...]

E-ink cut the cable

September 16, 2011 // 5 Comments

Mike Cane ran a post the other day entitled Tweet Of The Day: Print Publishing Is Sinking, prompted by this tweet from literary agent Jonny Geller: I decided to make The [...]

Pay the Writer

August 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Notice this is on YouTube … free to view, download, embed … and I’m glad to say that Mr. Ellison is still with us.   Via Richard Herley’s [...]

A new novel, by Richard Herley

May 31, 2011 // 1 Comment

I have just released a new book. The title is The Drowning and the extent about 125,000 words. It is set in England and Nigeria between 1944 and 2015 and represents [...]

Using OpenOffice Writer for drafting

March 14, 2011 // 11 Comments

I have just finished drafting a new novel. It was composed using OpenOffice Writer running under Linux, and has now migrated to Microsoft Word on a Mac for further [...]

Googlable Description

October 8, 2010 // 2 Comments

It’s always a probem to know how to describe a character’s physical appearance. Often the best course is to say as little as possible, especially if it isn’t relevant [...]
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