Of course much of my freelance writing is still in the legal technology sector – you can find me talking about legal IT every quarter in Modern Law Magazine. I know, be still my beating heart although whenever I deal with the magazine, I hear the David Bowie song Modern Love (from his 1983 album Let's Dance) echoing through the canyons of my mind (copyright Viv Stanshall & the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band).
Here's the latest Ark Group/Managing Partner special report I've been involved with, which was published in December 2012. I wrote the section on the way the legal IT world is changing. Apparently I was also involved in the 1st edition but that seems to have either fallen through a hole in my archives – or been fatally gnawed by squirrels (sadly both equally possible).
Back with the day-job. Now I'll admit risk management is not the sexiest of topics but it is at long last being taken seriously in the professional services sector – hence my involvement writing the foreward for these recent special report from IntApp Inc. Incidentally, if you are a writer, you may want to contemplate the old Latin maxim Caveat Scriptor – Let the Writer Beware. In otherwords, anything you write may come back to bite you on the bum, particularly if it contains factual inaccuracies or – worse – defamatory comments. Fact checking and proof reading are the writer's risk management tools.
I'm very happy – and proud – to report that one of my columns Why China and Sherlock are right – has been included in Sparks, A Year In E-Publishing - An Authors Electric Anthology 2011-2012.
Sparks tells a tale of writers seizing new opportunities and refusing to give up in the face of cut-backs and a general unwillingness amongst publishers to take risks with work that doesn’t fit conventional categories. When Carnegie Medal-winning Susan Price and fellow author Katherine Roberts found that their backlist titles were no longer available they decided to republish those books themselves. They were joined by other authors who were determined to write and see published books they believed in, which they knew would never achieve commercial publication. So, in the summer of 2011, Authors Electric was born.
Electronic publishing was initially regarded with suspicion, and self-publishing referred to with contempt. In a daily blog which attracts regular readers in the UK, US and across the world, members of Authors Electric share their thoughts on these issues, and talk about their work and experience as independent writer-publishers There have been struggles, moments of excitement and disillusion and many notable successes. This first anthology of Authors Electric blogposts describes their journey so far.
With the day-job hat on, I frequently get asked to write or edit special reports for other publishers and organisations. Here's one I did for the UK's Ark Group in 2008 (don't worry, I'm not going to inflict you with every single report* I've been involved with since 1980). What is interesting is that of the ten sponsors for this report, six have changed ownership (two of them twice) during the intervening five years. * To parphrase Frank Sinatra: Reports, I've written a few, but then again too many to mention...