Book Publishing

The Ones To Watch: Best Debut Fiction Coming In 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

But what is it that makes debut fiction so irresistible? For some it's the excitement of discovering new voices. For others it's the possibility of following a writer though a long career from the very beginning.

TV is Dead - Long Live YouTube

CJ Daugherty | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
CJ Daugherty

We visit YouTube too, of course, but there's a massive generational divide on this. According to a recent Ofcom study, teenagers watch half the amount of TV their parents watch. And they spend 600% more time watching online videos than adults. That is not a typo. Six hundred percent.

The Best Debut Novels of 2014

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Once all the noise has died down, which of this year's debuts will really stand the test of time? Who are the authors with long and successful careers ahead of them? Which are the truly standout first novels of 2014? Here are seven I think are genuinely unmissable.

PUBLISH! Yes, You Can

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Fraser

But crowdfunding is fairly standard now, and people are getting the hang of it. Many books, films, music albums and so on have been very successfully made this way. It's a long road, but it's A ROAD, and I am on it, and moving forwards.

Three, Two, One... EAT!

Gideon Burrows | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

It was with this chant from my kids ringing in my ears that I take my place among nine other contestants at a chilli eating competition at a festival during the summer. Hundreds of chill enthusiasts stopped shopping for half an hour and joined the audience to watch us suffer.

How to Launch 'The Great Novel'... Or Not?

Richard Masefield | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

So here I am, no longer in the world of generous advances. My book will have to work quite hard to earn its keep. But at least it's out there. Amazon is criticised for undermining bookshops. But if more novels see the light of day and more readers get to read them, that surely has to be a good thing, doesn't it?

Young Literary Star Has a Debut Novel... And Still Wants More

Alix Long | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I'd never wanted anything like I wanted to be a writer. I remember spending whole days sitting around and moping about how I'd never be good enough/would never manage it/would never get to be an actual writer. I realise now that this was somewhat pathetic... but it did half lead to some very vague experiences of publishers before the competition.

A-Level Results: University, Gap Year, Work or Entrepreneurialism?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

'You're young, so nobody takes you seriously. You're young so you have no start up capital available. You're young so you have no time in between studying and managing your social life. The barriers to launching a successful business seem endless. However there is hope.'

Authors United Have Picked the Wrong Fight

Endeavour Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

I have read a few articles and spoken to a couple of people in the book trade over the past week in relation to the ongoing dispute between Hachette (and Authors United) and Amazon. Most people who you will speak to, particularly inside the industry, will be squarely behind the authors.

Should a First-Time Literary Novelist Self-Publish on Amazon?

John Lucas | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Times are changing. Self-publishing is no longer 'vanity publishing' - a vaguely embarrassing exercise in assuaging one's writerly ambitions by paying large sums of money for a small run of leather-bound copies of a book - but a very real and increasingly credible alternative to mainstream publishing.

The Guardian's First Self-Published Book Prize Winner - Finally Some Recognition for Self-Published Authors

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Self-publishing is a double-edged sword because, whilst it provides people with a direct route to market, some of the cheaper, automated publishers offer their services to absolutely anyone, regardless of the quality and presentation of the written work. This is where the problem lies, as it's not the content or the idea of self-published books that often lets it down, but the delivery...

The Clint Eastwood Tip That Will Turn Your Book Into A Bestseller

Bill Coles | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

Today, more books than ever before in history are being published. Thanks to self-publishing, over 10 thousand new books are hitting the shelves every month. 20 years ago, if you'd written a turkey and couldn't find an agent or find a publisher, then you'd just have to go off into some dark pit, lick your wounds, and write a better book. Not any more though.

If I Don't Come Home: D-Day Letters - A chat with Richard Bannerman

Roger Crow | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Roger Crow

Richard Bannerman was one-year-old when his father, Capt Alastair Bannerman, became one of more than 160,000 Allied troops involved in the D-Day landi...

The Book Might be Dead, but the Book Event Is Having a Right Good Time

Helen Bagnall | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Helen Bagnall

You see, for most people who aren't literary fiction fans - reading is an intimate activity to be done at home on your bed with next-door's cat and an open packet of Twirl Minis. It goes hand in hand with being able to get up and go to the kettle. Reading is not a social activity, and yet book events are still fixated on the author's mouth moving.

Ten Point Strategy for Indie Authors

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

My writing straddles too many genres to be categorised. So I turned Indie. However, when my self-published, first novel made it to the Amazon bestseller list, I realised I had a niche: a group of readers around the world who liked what I wrote. They wanted to know what it meant to come of age in a complex environment like India.

Why It's Important to Discover What You DON'T Know You Want Online

Dan Franklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Franklin

When it comes to the cultural choices we make: the films and plays we see, the gigs we attend, the exhibitions we visit, the books we read, no-one really knows what they want. That's what can make cultural life rich and surprising.

What is the Real Value of a Book?

Mark Hillary | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

Of course I could just go and seek out a pirate version of the book. I'm sure that someone has already ripped the Kindle version of the book and made it freely available on a pirate website, but I'm a writer myself. I know that people who put months of effort into books deserve to get something for their efforts.

The Feminist Market: The Buying and Selling of Supposed Liberation

Gregor Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What's needed isn't bestselling feminism, or even radical feminism, but an ethical humanism more radical than feminism. A movement that actually demands change of the existing cultures and tries to get every human to act towards it, rather than the sort of change that inspires people to buy a different brand of beauty product.

How to Take a Good Author Photo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Your work is being published and you are over the moon. The work being published has been created so all the hard work is over, right? WRONG!

Ten Publishing Trends: An Indie Author's Take

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK
Laxmi Hariharan

The most interesting part of a publishing conference is normally the wrap-up session. By then, you have worked out that all the authors are in the same boat: i.e. hoping to be mainstream published, but meanwhile contemplating going Indie.

Dissing Other Authors Can Be Dangerous--Or Not

Lev Raphael | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lev Raphael

When I was first starting out as a published author, and before my first book was published, a famous writer at an awards banquet offered me unsolicit...

JK Rowling is Essential for the Future of New Writers

Planet Ivy | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

New writers will find it much harder to get noticed if all the publishing houses go bust. For industries to continue, they need money and money comes from popularity and success - even a children's book could tell you that.

If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

Lynn Shepherd | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lynn Shepherd

I didn't much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I've never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can't comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them... But, then again, any reading is better than no reading, right? But The Casual Vacancy changed all that.

Is It Possible to 'Ghostblog' for a Leading CEO?

Mark Hillary | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

I have been blogging now for over a decade. In fact, I have watched blogs mutate from the original form of 'web-logging' that was just like keeping an online diary to the present-day where most people get their news about the world from blogs.

10 Top Tips for Debut Authors: What Every Writer Needs to Know About Their First Time

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

Last week, my first novel was published. I didn't, in all honesty, have any clue what to expect: it's not as though there's a training course called 'How To Be A First-Time Novelist' which lays out what's going to happen... I thought I'd share my top ten things every author needs to know before their first time.