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Ten Tips to Write and Publish Your Best Leadership Book

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 15.10.2015 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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...

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

Holly Seddon | Posted 22.09.2015 | 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 15.09.2015 | 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 27.08.2015 | 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 20.08.2015 | 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 27.07.2015 | 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.

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

What are you still doing here? You're like a stray following me home; shoo... go away... start writing! Alright, we both know I don't really want you to go away, otherwise I would have just stopped writing and gone and made another coffee.

Do You Want to Convert Your Blog Into a Book?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

You may have a hundred thousand words of great content, but you may end up stripping away half of that content to preserve your best posts. It is worth thinking about whether you want a literal version of your blogs in book format or whether you can do more with the text when planning how it might be read on the page.

A Year in the Life of a Debut Novelist

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

It's been a year of gratifying highs and occasional lows. But what the past year has mostly consisted of is surprises: unexpected lessons on what life as a published author is really like. So I thought I'd share a few of them.

The Ones To Watch: Best Debut Fiction Coming In 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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...