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Kitaab podcast with Stephen Leather: Should new writers go for e-publishing?

Is e-publishing the right route for you? Should you go for traditional publishers or should you e-publish on your own? What are the required steps to successfully e-publish a book? British thriller writer, Stephen Leather, explains all this and more in this Kitaab podcast.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series.

This talk was recorded at the Publishing Symposium@Singapore Writers Festival 2013.

Thai publishers using social media to find readers & writers

Writing for the Bangkok PostKong Rithdee reports that “bloggers and netizens are being tapped by traditional publishers dedicated to the noble goal of passing on the reading bug – while making a few baht in the process.”

He cites the example of one video clip that went viral. It featured a mock interview with a Westerner talking about his first experience of being cursed at by Thai people. “Deftly using comical expletives and po-faced humour, the clip clocked up one million hits within 24 hours. At the end of the five-minute video, called BKK 1st Time, the clip reveals itself to be an advertisement for a new book, a lighthearted piece of non-fiction written by a Thai student. The gist of the matter is that this publication, entitled New York 1st Time, [was] to be launched at the 42nd National Book Fair, the country’s largest annual gathering of booksellers and readers…”

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