Biographical Log of Michael Furstner - Page 159
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Tuesday & Wednesday, May 11 & 12 2010
Last night (Tuesday) I watched the "Blockbusters & Bestsellers" book show on
ABC TV in which Jennifer Byrnes was host to four best selling authors : Di Morrissey, Lee
Child, Matthew Reilly and Bryce Courtenay.
They are typical "non literature"
entertainment writers for the general public and are earning unashamedly (and why
should they be?) millions of dollars.
I have read one book by Courtenay, but am
unfamiliar with any of the others. They made some interesting comments with which I
Firstly, they all agree, the writer makes only 50% of a book. A book is
not a book until it is read by a reader. Therefore both author and reader are necessary
to make a book.
I totally agree with that. For years I have been thinking of keeping a daily diary, but
never did because I always felt : what is the point of writing when nobody is reading it
It is only these last two and a half years since I have been producing this Blog,
that I have been strongly motivated to write and to keep writing because you
are reading it.
Secondly all four authors agree that there is no set or common formula for
writing their books ("it should come from the heart"), but they do have one important thing in common : all work very
hard at making their story easy to read.
Matthew Reilly confessed he had
spent 13 months on honing his latest book to make it easier and easier to read.
general consensus was : the author must do all the hard work, so that the
reader has an easy task reading the book. Some of the modern so-called
"Literature" is too hard to read, which should not be so, they argue.
I too believe that if you want others to read what you write you should make it as easy
as possible for them.
I do that here not only by trying to write well, but also by
adding photos, illustrations and blue coloured text sections and by using more line
breaks and paragraphs than strictly necessary, just to break up the text and let it
Thirdly they all cherish the unique emotional thread that connects them
with each and every reader of their work. It is each reader's interpretation of
what they write, which really brings the book to live.
This emotional connection is something precious all writers feel I believe, not just
best selling authors.
I personally feel this very strongly, perhaps more
strongly than most because my introvert nature. Writing for me establishes a
life line, a line of communication with the "outer world" from inside my own world, the
cocoon of my mind.
Finally writing a book is only a part of the work. The hard slug, and by far most
important aspect is the promotion of the book and the author. Every aspect or
avenue open should be followed up, from the apparently insignificant face to face
encounters to radio, TV and journal interviews, Internet, etc.
Bryce Courtenay asks
and writes down the address of every person who makes a positive comment on his work to
him. Then, at the end of the year, he sends a complimentary copy of his latest book to
every one on his list. This way he gives away around 2,500 copies each year.
Well, that is the reality of this modern world. It is not the quality that counts but
the efforts and amount of money spent on promotion that bring eventual success.
I were still in the prime of my life perhaps I would push harder to promote for example
my music education materials (although I have never been very money orientated in my
But these days I am content, in fact feel hugely rewarded, by the large
numbers of individuals, students, schools, teachers, music colleges and bridge clubs
that enjoy my music, my writing and instructions on my website. And
with some 25,000 individual visitors each week I have plenty of emotional strings
spreading out all over the world.
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Thurday - Saturday, May 13 - 15 2010
Quiet days here in Darwin, but rather turbulent politics in Europe.
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interesting outcome of the British election with a unusual Conservative/Liberal
Democrat I have now in power. They look very sincere and in tackling by far the most
important issue in the UK : the country's huge Government deficit, something former
Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown simply did not want to talk about, let alone
The Euro zone crisis is still continuing, despite the promise of a huge
bailout sum to rescue Greece. Frankly, nobody believes that this will overcome Greece's
problem in the long term. The country looks an absolute basket case. My forthcoming
holiday to Germany is becoming cheaper and cheaper, the Aussie dollar now worth almost
72 Euro cents.
I am getting into a steady routine on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I first have a nice
Japanese lunch at Bar Zushi in Casuarina and after that go for a swim in the Nightcliff pool. After my lunch I
don't really feel like swimming, but I do it all the same. It is good exercise,
especially for my left shoulder and arm which still trouble me somewhat.
surprise surprise, I met my friend Mary
again in the pool. I had not seen her for about a year and assumed she had returned to
Canada. But no, her husband's job has been made permanent now and Mary herself has
applied for a job with the Auxiliary Police Force. She has to pass a fitness test and
swims daily laps in the pool to get into shape for that. It was good to see her again.
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