WHAT I AM ATTEMPTING TO DO HEREI love writing and I want to do more of the kind that I am best at. That is why this website exists.
For many years I worked as a journalist who wrote books at the same time, but journalism and I became more and more distant from each other: partly because of how the media has changed, but also because of how I've changed as a writer. What I want to create no longer has any place in a modern journalistic framework dictated by SEO, ad revenue and speedy, opinionated reactions to the zeitgeist, and I accept this. I'd never really set out to be a journalist in the first place and feeling after almost two decades that I'd put my time in, in summer 2015 I decided to give journalism up to focus solely on my books. At this point, I have no intention of writing a piece for a newspaper ever again and have turned down all requests to do so, with absolutely no exceptions. Instead, in addition to my books, I decided that I would write a regular stream of free content for this website and try to make it a nice place to visit, especially for people who like animals, the countryside, books and music. I have decided to have no advertising on this website, and I have already written thousands and thousands of unpaid words for it in quite a brief space of time. In short, I want to put all of my writing energy into this, and my future books. If you are an editor at a newspaper and are here to get in touch to ask me to write piece for you, hopefully reading this will save you the time, as I will not be writing that piece, even if you want to pay me a lot more than I used to be paid, which I very much doubt you will.
I still don't know if what I'm doing will work on a long term basis, but I'm giving it a go and I'm excited about it: especially the way it allows me to do things I'd never have been able to do in the world of newspapers and magazines... the kind of writing I've been waiting most of my adult life to get out into the world, and can be proud of. I didn't set out to do this for monetary gain - I did it to be more true to myself as a writer - and I am very aware that the Internet is full of writing elsewhere that you can read for no charge. I could have made all or some of my writing on this site subscription-only, as I know I have regular readers who've offered to pay for it, but that would have excluded a lot of people. The subscription or contribution to this site is optional. I don't expect to be paid by anyone who reads what I write - I am grateful, full stop, to anyone who takes the time to read or share it - but any contribution you can make will help me to continue doing what I love, post here more regularly, and create the braver, better work I want to in the future.
Thank you for reading!
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I've also been made aware that a few subscribers have received an email saying "Tom Cox suspended your payments." I hadn't realised this was happening. PLEASE NOTE: what it means is not that I have suspended your payments, just that you need to renew your credit or debit card details with Paypal, as they have expired. It's essentially just Paypal being a total confusing bastard, and giving two people different sets of misinformation, as when you receive that email I receive one at the same time saying that you've cancelled payments. Hope that's now cleared up, for those of you who've received the email and wondered why your subscriptions have lapsed!
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