Book Publishing

That Literary Masterpiece Of Yours? It Won't Even Earn You Minimum Wage

Kristina Adams | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kristina Adams

You spend months writing your book, fork out a small fortune for an epic cover, write an awesome blurb, host a launch event... and you'll earn bugger all for your hard work.

Seven Secrets Of Success For Getting Your Book Published

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Each year, tens of thousands of books are published in the UK. While some of these are the big-selling, headline-grabbers - the glossy cookbooks, racy...

Why Do The Majority Of Budding Authors Not Complete And Publish Their Book?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Research has shown that the most popular time to start writing a book is at the beginning of the year, following the 'new year new me' trend. People t...

A New Year's Digital Strategy For Book Publishers: Love The Ones You're With

Roger Warner | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Roger Warner

As we start the new year it strikes me that most publishers are stuck on a treadmill, running as fast as they can towards an ill-defined digital nirvana that is consistently beyond their reach, whilst at the same time scrambling to make good on their six or seven figure author advances for new titles

History Books By Women: Eight Of The Best From 2016

Amy Licence | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

It came as something of a revelation this November that the majority of recommendations in the media's annual roundup of the best history books of 2016 were written by men. In response, Twitter was flooded with the names of inspiring female historians, past and present, under the hashtag #HistoryBooksbyWomen. 2016 has seen a plethora of publications by talented women so, to redress the balance somewhat, here are my top picks of the year:

Luke Smitherd: A Writer To Look Out For In 2017

Mark Hillary | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

Luke Smitherd is a British writer best known for his 2015 novel The Stone Man. Shortlisted by the Amazon.com audiobook service Audible as one of their...

In Translation: When Bibliophiles Become Xenophiles

Jacks Thomas | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Jacks Thomas

Books are a window into another world, whether real or imaginary. They give us the opportunity to imagine life in someone else's shoes, to understand their hopes, dreams, perspectives and cultures. As Ian McEwan puts it so beautifully, "Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity...

Parent-In or Out? Brexit Time Is Here...

Sophia Walker | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

As a working mum, the things that important to me are the things that are also important to you. Free healthcare, good education, job prospects and opportunity for our children - the rich, and the poor.

That Time I Got Everything I Ever Wanted

Claire Copland | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Copland

In the last few years two things have topped my New Year's list time and time again, carrying them forward to each fresh year, unsure of how I would ever actually tick them off, though completely unwilling to let them go.

Learning From Waste-Picking Publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Lucy Bell

In the UK, we have a history of treating so-called 'developing' and even 'newly industrialized countries' as charity cases, regarding places that are ...

How to Host a Book Launch that Doesn't Suck

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

The most memorable literary event I've ever attended was held at an art gallery in London. I'd been a judge for some writers' awards. It was a black tie event so everyone was dressed up to the nines.

Five Reasons to Self-Publish

Hazel Butler | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

If you've written a book, chances are you have at least considered self-publishing. There are many excellent reasons to self-publish, even if you have the chance to publish traditionally. Where self-publishing was once seen as the last recourse of the desperate, it has fast become valid method of publishing.

What I Learned From Selling Books Out of the Back of My Car

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

We were standing shivering, looking at a big stack of books in the boot of my car. It was a cold and cloudy day at a car boot sale in a field in Oxfor...

Five Reasons to Write a Business Book

Hazel Butler | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK
Hazel Butler

You may have been toying with writing a book for your business for a while, but you're unsure. You're not good enough to write a business book. You're not sure it's worth the investment. You're terrified at the prospect of self-publishing. You're worried nobody wants to read about your business, and you don't really know what you're talking about anyway...

Ten Tips to Write and Publish Your Best Leadership Book

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

I love leadership books. They can inspire and help more people to lead themselves and the people around them, creating great change in the world. So...

Culture for Change

Nancy Campbell | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nancy Campbell

'Climate is culture.' So say ArtCOP21, a global festival of cultural activity on climate change which runs from September to December 2015. ArtCop21 l...

It's Been A Year Since I Got A Book Deal, Here's What I've Learned

Holly Seddon | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

It's been a year since I agreed my two-book UK deal with Corvus, part of Atlantic Books. We're still a few months away from the January publication, and I'm still a rookie but nonetheless, I've learned a buttload over this last year.

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

Guinness World Records Turns 60: "Turning the Heat of Argument Into the Light of Knowledge"

Craig Glenday | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Craig Glenday

Today, 60 years on, Guinness World Records - as it was renamed in 2001 when it was finally sold by the brewery - continues to top the best-sellers lists. In 1974, it overtook Dr Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care as the biggest selling copyrighted title of all time, and it remains the world's best-selling annual book, with accumulated sales to date of more than 132 million copies.

Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I'm currently working on a new novel that will be published by Headline next year. Keen to understand what awaits me, I tapped James Law and Jenny Blackhurst, two very talented, recently published first time thriller writers, for advice.

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

UK Literature Needs to Get Its Swag Back By Appreciating Diversity

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

The Writing the Future report puts a figure on this lack of cultural diversity, estimating that ethnic representation within the publishing industry is just eight percent. Another key statistic highlighted in the report regards UK literary festivals; at Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Hay festivals, a measly four percent of the programme was made up of UK Black and Asian writers.

Pen Names - Why Authors Change Sex

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.

Five Steps To Getting Your Book Published

Mark Hillary | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

We are surrounded by more distractions than ever today. Social networks offer endless opportunities to publish short thoughts without the effort involved in crafting the 200-pages of content you might need for a book.

So You Want to be a Novelist?

Holly Seddon | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

So I wanted to be an author. Perhaps like others in the 60%, I had the romantic idea of a desk, an old typewriter (in reality, I had a Windows 486 PC...), pots of coffee and French cigarettes. I wanted to be an author SO BADLY that when I left college, I became... a call centre operative.