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Writing Aids: The Isolator

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The author at work in his private study aided by the Isolator. Outside noises being eliminated, the worker can concentrate with ease upon the subject at hand.

I reckon sticking an Isolator over your head is 10% more useful than most writing advice online.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

5 replies on “Writing Aids: The Isolator”

I’m sure every writer could find something inside an Isolater to help distract them from writing! Maybe someone needs to come up with a re vamped model for the technological age? The bells and whistles would of course be on the outside.
Your writing extracts on your site don’t appeal very much, but The Reef sounds very intriguing and has some good reviews on Amazon. I’ve ordered a copy via WHSmith (store delivery and I may have to wait four weeks but at £9.99 it’s a lot better than the £25 plus on Amazon) but why no mention of it on your site?

Hi John,

Thanks for stopping by – anything for the technological age needs to block wi-fi in my case! Well, because The Reef is no longer in print, I’ve not mentioned in on here. However, there is something in the pipeline to bring it out as an ebook, so I might put something up then. But it only really had a very small print run anyway, so most people can’t get hold of it. 

Thanks for the response Mark.  Re the wi-fi, I can sympathise, the internet is so seductive it can soak up all our time without us noticing.

If the book only had a small print run I hope WHSmith can deliver as they’ve already taken my money, and I’m looking forward to reading The Reef. Good news on the ebook possibility. I take it the original publisher is down the tubes? I checked their website and it seems not to have been updated since 2007 – the option to buy The Reef was still set as a pre-order. If the rights have reverted back to you what a about print on demand option for those who prefer a physical book?

Found the new website for Pendaragon via a link on livejournal. It’s still for sale there too, though an email from WHSmith tells me ‘the publisher is reprinting the book’ and they can’t fulfill my order immediately. Always the same isn’t it? The books we want to read the most are never just a click away. I suppose it’ll make me relish the book a little more when I finally do get it.

You could always try Abe Books perhaps? Well, the ebook is likely to be published by Tor UK, a much bigger publisher. Ebooks are a great way at publishing books that wouldn’t otherwise be economically viable for physical book format, so I suppose it’s better than no book at all, ultimately! 

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