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Novelist(s) required

Here at Optimistic Future Publishing Enterprises we are always on the look-out for excellent candidates to fill our job opportunities as fiction novelists.

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • An original manuscript, already completed, to our satisfaction.

The successful candidate should also display some (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • Work well alone
  • Work well in a publishing team
  • Self-starter
  • Self-finisher
  • Imaginative
  • Observant
  • Attentive to detail
  • Patient
  • Persistent
  • Ambitious
  • Withstand criticism
  • Self-motivated
  • Can work to a deadline
  • Deliver long-running projects with no management intervention
  • Avid reader (hundreds of novels in your genre ideal)
  • Mastery of at least one major international language
  • Word processing skills
  • Proof-reading skills
  • Editorial skills
  • Research ability
  • Psychologist
  • Philosopher
  • Good people interaction skills
  • A large social network of friends
  • Tireless self-promoter
  • Knowledge of the latest marketing strategies
  • An active blogger (a back catalogue of many years worth of blog posts is ideal)
  • Frequent twitterer
  • A keen observer of publishing trends
  • A keen observer of social trends
  • Media savvy (some training preferred)
  • Knowledge of libel & slander laws
  • A high public profile (celebrities preferred)
  • Public-speaking experience
  • Loves to travel
  • Young
  • Attractive
  • Interesting
  • G.S.O.H.
  • A strong arm (whichever one you sign with)

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! For the right candidate, renumeration is negotiable(*).

* Renumeration is on sales commission basis only. No salary provided. Overtime will be required. Second income recommended.

Add comment November 16th, 2009

The end of sin?

I thought this was interesting, given my interest in all things genetic. A court has reduced a murderer’s sentence because he tested positive for genes believed linked to agression.

Is this yet another potential change in society that genetic knowledge will foist on us? Will we no longer be responsible for our actions, but merely considered slaves to our genes? A society built on lesser personal responsibility does not bode well.

If science has killed God … now sin is shortly to follow. Broken evolution indeed.

Add comment November 5th, 2009

Why wait for an Apple eReader when the iPhone is already here?

iPhone
Image by William Hook

The iPhone has been grabbing my attention. As if to reinforce the now undoubtable shift in the publishing paradigm, it seems that the number of books being published as apps on the iPhone is growing … fast. Book apps releases in the appstore overtook game apps for the first time ever. 20% of the apps released in September were books. It seems publishers and indie authors are not waiting for the mooted Apple eReader, the one that’s easy on the eyes and the batteries (… yada, yada …), but rather are willing to take advantage of another distribution channel for eBooks here are now. And why not? There are, no doubt, more iPhones than eReaders out there. There’s a huge user base who scan the appstore everyday. Sure, there is eReader software like Stanza on the iPhone, but I can see the attraction of a custom app in terms of its attention, customization, regular updates, linked interactive content, options for free/purchase content, etc. I’m not the only one.

There’s early adopter advantage to be had here. After all, where is an Apple eReader likely to get its content? Are they likely to do a content distribution deal with a competitor like Amazon who have their own eReader to shift? I don’t think so. Maybe Google? Or Stanza. Or will they open up a bookstore of their own, just like they’ve done for every device they’ve made recently. Perhaps. The answer might be simpler than that. It wouldn’t surprise me that many of the books will just come from the appstore anyway, and run on the eReader as they would on the iPhone.

Perhaps its time to dust of my programming skills and write my first iPhone app. As I know from writing software for other handhelds, its not trivial — beyond the ken of most authors. Maybe I should make the fruits of that effort available to other authors and publishers too? Well, let’s see where it goes – that’s pretty much the mantra for the whole publishing business right now.

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