Profile

Cover photo
V C Willow
Works at Sci fi, Fantasy, epic fantasy and Paranormal writer
Attended University of Leicester
Lives in Manchester
5,280 followers|833,059 views
AboutPostsYouTubeReviews

Stream

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
We really need to talk - you also told me that you'd make me sing like an angel.......
17
2
Chris Routh's profile photoV C Willow's profile photoJamez Frondeskias's profile photo
2 comments
 
See what happens when you upset Alcohol? Does the opposite lol
Add a comment...
 
After figures released this week showed professional authors' median annual incomes have collapsed to to £11,000, The Society of Authors' chief executive has claimed that traditional publishers' terms "are no longer fair or sustainable".

Earlier this week, the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society released a SURVEY of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%. By this year, according to the SURVEY, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.

The ALCS set its findings against Department of Culture, Media and Sport figures which show that in 2014, the creative industries were worth £71.4bn per year to the UK economy. "In contrast to the decline in earnings of professional authors, the wealth generated by the UK creative industries is on the increase," it said. "If unchecked, this rapid decline in the number of full-time writers could have serious implications for the breadth and quality of content that drives the economic success of our creative industries in the UK."

Nicola Solomon, who heads the 9,000-member strong Society of Authors, said that publishers, retailers and agents are all now taking a larger slice of the profit when a BOOK is sold, and that while "authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing".

"Authors need fair remuneration if they are to keep writing and producing quality work," she said. "Publisher profits are holding up and, broadly, so are total book sales if you include EBOOKS but authors are receiving less per book and less overall due mainly to the fact that they are only paid a small percentage of publishers' net receipts on ebooks and because large advances have gone except for a handful of celebrity authors."

On top of that, said Solomon, "publishers are doing less for what they get. There are still important things they do – a traditional publisher can edit, copy edit, design, market, promote, make your book better, deal with foreign sales. With ebooks, though, publishers' costs are less, so authors should get a better share. They do not have to produce, distribute or warehouse physical copies. Even on traditional books, publishers' production costs have gone down but authors have not benefited from these costs savings. And, increasingly authors are being asked to do a lot of marketing and promotion themselves."

Self publishing is looking more and more attractive, although it is hard work the pay off for the work and investment you have to put in seems more attractive than traditional publishing.

The full article can be found by clicking on the link.

Via +R. K. MacPherson 
Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'
1
5
quotidianlight's profile photoV C Willow's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
Sadly true this hits the nail on the head. 

#palestine   #palestineunderattack   #israel  
 
Although hundreds of Palestinian children are kidnapped, brutalized or killed by Israel, including several in the past two weeks, there is rarely, if ever, such a reaction from the world.
Just prior to the disappearance of the Israeli settler teens, the murder of two Palestinian teens was caught on a local surveillance camera. Ample evidence, including the recovered bullets and a CNN camera filming an Israeli sharpshooter pulling the trigger at the precise moment one of the boys was shot indicated that they were killed in cold blood by Israeli soldiers. There were no condemnations or calls for justice for these teens by world leaders or international institutions, no solidarity with their grieving parents, nor mention of the more than 250 Palestinian children, kidnapped from their beds or on their way to school, who continue to languish in Israeli jails without charge or trial, physically and psychologically tortured. This is to say nothing of the barbaric siege of Gaza, or the decades of ongoing theft, evictions, assaults on education, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, color coded permit system, arbitrary imprisonment, restriction of movement, checkpoints, extrajudicial executions, torture, and denials at every turn squeezing Palestinians into isolated ghettos.

None of that seemingly matters.

It does not matter that no one knows who murdered the Israeli teens. It seems the entire country is calling for Palestinian blood, reminiscent of American southern lynching rallies that went after black men whenever a white person turned up dead. Nor does it matter that these Israeli teens were settlers living in illegal Jewish-only colonies that were built on land stolen by the state mostly from Palestinian owners from the village of el-Khader. A huge portion of the settlers there are Americans, mostly from New York, like one of the murdered teens, who exercise Jewish privilege to hold dual citizenship; to have an extra country no matter where they’re from, one in their own homeland and one in ours, at the same time that the indigenous Palestinians fester in refugee camps, occupied ghettos, or boundless exile.

Palestinian children are assaulted or murdered every day and barely do their lives register in western press. While Palestinian mothers are frequently blamed when Israel kills their children, accused of sending them to die or neglecting to keep them at home away from Israeli snipers, no one questions Rachel Frankel, the mother of one of the murdered settlers. She is not asked to comment on the fact that one of the missing settlers is a soldier who likely participated in the oppression of his Palestinian neighbors. No one asks why she would move her family from the United States to live in a segregated, supremacist colony established on land confiscated from the native non-Jewish owners. Certainly no one dares accuse her of therefore putting her children in harms way.

No mother should have endure the murder of her child. No mother or father. That does not only apply to Jewish parents. The lives of our children are no less precious and their loss are no less shattering and spiritually unhinging. But there is a terrible disparity in the value of life here in the eyes of the state and the world, where Palestinian life is cheap and disposable, but Jewish life is sacrosanct.

This exceptionalism and supremacy of Jewish life is a fundamental underpinning of the state of Israel. It pervades their every law and protocol, and is matched only by their apparent contempt and disregard for Palestinian life. Whether through laws that favor Jews for employment and educational opportunities, or laws that allow the exclusion of non-Jews from buying or renting among Jews, or endless military orders that limit the movement, water consumption, food access, education, marriage possibilities, and economic independence, or these periodic upending of Palestinian civil society, life for non-Jews ultimately conforms to the religious edict issued by Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba, saying “a thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail.”
The bodies of three Israeli settlers who went missing on June 12th were found in a hastily dug shallow grave in Halhul, north of Hebron.
4
Add a comment...
 
I feel like this when much of the stuff I hear coming from the Pagan community includes superstitious nonsense such as binding and cursing people, the reinterpretation of a natured based spirituality to include the belief of the actual incarnation of deity and worship of it and other such makey upey sky fairy, mythological creature come true rubbish. The worst thing is that if you do not comply in agreeing with their 'beliefs' you find these people often say it is because the person is not as 'knowledgeable' as they are. 

All right then people, come on then show me a faery, pixie, proof of your god/goddess and best of all show me conclusive evidence that your binding actually did anything to influence the will of others. Show me your proof and lets get it peer reviewed and produce replicable results.  No? O.k. then, stop pretending you have knowledge, you have a faith in something unseen, that is not knowledge.

As a Non Theistic Pagan I find it increasingly frustrating when the community is being inundated with such hocum.

#pagan   #atheism   #knowledge  
 
Image: ScienceAlert
15
michael prudhomme's profile photomiri dunn's profile photoV C Willow's profile photoKevin Moses's profile photo
18 comments
 
^pretty much nails it.

a metaphor can link one up to the mystery that can not be known (measured) and thus it seems to  have value. but 99% of the time people concretize their symbol and then argue like hell

pun intended
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Can you spot the difference? Because I can't.

~JD
17
1
V C Willow's profile photoEric Stepp's profile photoAJ Francklyn's profile photokassan warrad's profile photo
24 comments
 
What she said happened to her is awful, beyond words, but violence always begets violence. Arming citizens is a dangerous road to travel down.
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'd question whether a couple of them could be labelled as 'independent', however I'm thinking a trip to London is imminent so I can go independent  book  -shopping-  shop researching :-)
The Independent Bookshop is an endangered species in the UK . Here are some of London's finest.
1
Add a comment...
In her circles
2,203 people
Have her in circles
5,280 people
Karen Victoria Smith's profile photo
Donna Brown's profile photo

V C Willow

Business/Marketing  - 
 
 
After figures released this week showed professional authors' median annual incomes have collapsed to to £11,000, The Society of Authors' chief executive has claimed that traditional publishers' terms "are no longer fair or sustainable".

Earlier this week, the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society released a SURVEY of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%. By this year, according to the SURVEY, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.

The ALCS set its findings against Department of Culture, Media and Sport figures which show that in 2014, the creative industries were worth £71.4bn per year to the UK economy. "In contrast to the decline in earnings of professional authors, the wealth generated by the UK creative industries is on the increase," it said. "If unchecked, this rapid decline in the number of full-time writers could have serious implications for the breadth and quality of content that drives the economic success of our creative industries in the UK."

Nicola Solomon, who heads the 9,000-member strong Society of Authors, said that publishers, retailers and agents are all now taking a larger slice of the profit when a BOOK is sold, and that while "authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing".

"Authors need fair remuneration if they are to keep writing and producing quality work," she said. "Publisher profits are holding up and, broadly, so are total book sales if you include EBOOKS but authors are receiving less per book and less overall due mainly to the fact that they are only paid a small percentage of publishers' net receipts on ebooks and because large advances have gone except for a handful of celebrity authors."

On top of that, said Solomon, "publishers are doing less for what they get. There are still important things they do – a traditional publisher can edit, copy edit, design, market, promote, make your book better, deal with foreign sales. With ebooks, though, publishers' costs are less, so authors should get a better share. They do not have to produce, distribute or warehouse physical copies. Even on traditional books, publishers' production costs have gone down but authors have not benefited from these costs savings. And, increasingly authors are being asked to do a lot of marketing and promotion themselves."

Self publishing is looking more and more attractive, although it is hard work the pay off for the work and investment you have to put in seems more attractive than traditional publishing.

The full article can be found by clicking on the link.

Via +R. K. MacPherson 
Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'
11
4
Kantuck Nadie Nata-Akon's profile photoMichelle Ristuccia's profile photoTamsin de la harpe's profile photoquotidianlight's profile photo
3 comments
 
I work in several other fields and have read much on this in general. The basic line is; the businesses are bordering more and more money for themselves, and giving the workers less and less.

I cannot see this continuing much further in the future.
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Now that's not fair ..ain't it? 

I am sure many of you have seen this...


#palestine   #israel   #palestineunderattack  
8
1
Rininta Widya Lestari's profile photojames chatterton's profile photoV C Willow's profile photoPeter Atkinson's profile photo
14 comments
 
Even if you believe what was written down is somehow the word of "god" and accept the interpretation to mean specifically that piece of land, you can only conclude "god" is not fair. Reality is sympathy lead the west to annex lands that wasn't theirs and with American backing Israel was allowed to annex the rest of the land and exterminate Palestinians. And don't give me any of that "oh but they're firing missiles at us" crap. How many Israelis die vs Palestinians (mostly civilian)? Or the "but they put them in harms way". Rubbish, they have no where else to go as Israel stole their land, and then place "settlers" right on the borders to antagonise them and encourage war. I'm a fairly tolerant and multicultural person, but Israel sickens me,
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
The death toll in Gaza tragically surpasses 135 after Israel bombs a mosque, disabled care center and the city's only geriatric urgent care hospital.

Meanwhile my statement against Israel's barbarism is going viral in Turkey, France and Palestine. Check out my breakdown on Media Roots

http://bit.ly/W8LOrk
6
Jenn Le Roy's profile photomiri dunn's profile photoV C Willow's profile photo
4 comments
 
Horrific! War criminals! 
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
This is so timely!  Our tax money is helping to pay for this disgraceful occupation...not only do we do these these things, but we also pay others to do it!   It's time for taxpayers to speak up!
7
kassan warrad's profile photo
 
Thanks for sharing. +1 and agree!
Add a comment...

V C Willow

Shared publicly  - 
 
All of these 'truths' should be self evident and yet they are so infrequently put into practise. 

These really are 30 things you should start doing for yourself for a happier, more serene existence.
Marc and Angel are the authors of 1000 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently. Here’s their amazing list of 30 things to…
1
Add a comment...
 
ohhh ohhh. ohhh ohhh. ohhh ohhh ohhh 

This Dr Who/ Big bang cross over t-shirt gives me lols and happiness.

#drwho   #bigbangtheory  
1
Add a comment...
People
In her circles
2,203 people
Have her in circles
5,280 people
Karen Victoria Smith's profile photo
Donna Brown's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Writer
Skills
Writing, Editing, Social engagement, Marketing, Publishing, Self publishing, Critical thinking, Project Management, Social Media, Blogging
Employment
  • Sci fi, Fantasy, epic fantasy and Paranormal writer
    Author, present
    Currently working on my début novel Beyond the Mist, which is a Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy cross over novel. My aim is to have written it in full by the end of the year and have a website set up that is dedicated to promoting and sharing my writing and my novel with my audience.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Manchester
Previously
Leicester - Croydon - Stratford, East London - Brighton - Bury
Links
Story
Tagline
Writing one word at a time heading for a novel
Introduction

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties.

She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY.

V.C  live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel Beyond the Mist, which will be released in December 2013.

V C Willow's official website can be found at:

http://vcwillow.wordpress.com/

You can follow her authors page on Facebook at:

www.facebook.com/vcwillow

Connect with her on Linked in at:

uk.linkedin.com/pub/vc-willow/4b/b90/521

Follow her on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/inquisitivevic

Follow her on Goodreads:


 )O(
Bragging rights
Curator of creative writing site The writing Coven,
Education
  • University of Leicester
    Economics and Law, 2001 - 2004
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Birthday
December 22, 1978
Relationship
Single
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
Good facilities, friendly and helpful staff and a reasonable price. There is plenty of equipment and the gym is nicely ventilated so you don't overheat, the entire gym is clean and well looked after and the changing facilities good. Sure the showers get a little busy during peak times but you never have to wait long for a shower to be free. For the price you pay you feel you are getting an excellent service I recommend this gym to anyone who is tired of overpriced, stuffy, peak priced gyms. For a refreshing gym that you feel pleased to be using try Pure in Spinningfields. Oh and did I mention most of the classes are included in your membership...bonus.
• • •
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map