28 October 2008 in Future of Publishing
A few weeks ago I read a great review in the LRB by Jenny Turner about Helen DeWitt and her self-published book ‘Your Name Here’. Turner is a wonderful writer; her review of Douglas Coupland’s ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ was a favourite review of mine (is that possible? I don’t really have ‘favourite book reviews’! In fact, most writing about books drives me crazy.) In her review Turner mentions that on her blog Helen De Witt asks readers who buy her books secondhand to make a donation to her in lieu of any royalties. So of course I had to go see for myself. Bought DeWitt’s previous novel, The Last Samurai, second-hand, and duly made my donation via the blog. And have, of course, adapted (stolen?) DeWitt’s genius hilarious idea for my own website and this blog! Please feel free to donate if you have ever bought any of my books secondhand!! I can see the money rolling in already. And am looking forward to reading DeWitt’s first novel, ‘The Last Samurai’.
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