Book Publishing

How to Take a Good Author Photo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 12.03.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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 26.02.2014 | 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 21.02.2014 | 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.

Independent Authors of the World Unite

Endeavour Press | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

One of my reasons for setting my latest romantic comedy within the publishing industry was to highlight some of its failings, both to readers and fellow authors (independent or otherwise). HarperCollins and Random House need not completely despair though.

A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.

Ten Brilliant Reasons Why You Should Plant Veg in Public Places

Julian Dobson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Dobson

One: They're urine-resistant, apparently. According to Mary Clear of Incredible Edible Todmorden, a drunk will pee on a petunia but not on a parsnip. People seem hard-wired to respect food.

Will We See a New 'Golden Age' for Graphic Storytelling?

John Jackson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Jackson

When I was growing up, one of my favourite books was the Picture Book which the artist Edmund Dulac created to raise money for the French Red Cross during the First World War.

Who Will Be the Real Winners With Kindle MatchBook?

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Scully

With MatchBook, if the reader also has access to a digital copy, which can easily be accessed not just from a Kindle but also from the free Kindle app on any smartphone, ipad or laptop, that situation may no longer arise.

How to Get Your Book Published

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

Because I am a published author and I have used both the traditional and self-publishing routes my friends often ask how they can get published and is it better to just self-publish immediately or spend a long time trying to find a traditional publisher willing to publish their work?

Book Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Robert Bradley | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Bradley

Mott has written the novel in a way that you expect it to be an account from one of the more educated characters, whom often doubts their dates and so forth. This use of engagement with the reader, allows the mysterious narrator to guide you through the town and the story, with a somewhat effortless ease.

Is The Cuckoo's Calling Distracting Us From Other Books Rowling May Have Written Under A Pen Name?

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anne-Marie Scully

As she handed it to me she casually said, 'I think it might actually be written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym'. The book was called Mountains of the Moon by an author using the pen name I.J. Kay. It was the similarity between this author initials and those of the Harry Potter author that piqued her curiosity.

Therapeutic Writing

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Insomnia, being one of Parkinson's common symptoms, I found hours during the middle of the night were perfect for writing; in peace and quiet, uninterrupted by phones or distracted by family. I would sit at the kitchen table writing from my very soul, and found it therapeutic expressing my feelings and seeing them in print. I believe writing helped me come to terms with my diagnosis.

Book Illustration Competition: A Brave New World For Publishing

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

They say never judge a book by its cover - but it's impossible not to when the designs are as striking as the entrants for this year's Book Illustrati...

Pledge and Be Damned

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

Crowdfunding, I thought, "what better than to try it myself?" In reality, there were few other options. I could throw away the book and get on with being a businessman; pay to publish it myself or put it on Amazon where it would get a digital sale and no one would really know if it was a success or not - in other words I could avoid losing face. But all three sounded cowardly.

12 Random Penguin GIFs To Celebrate The Merger Of Random House And Penguin

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Comedy

Well, we had to celebrate the merger of Random House and Penguin somehow, didn't we? And what better way than with a selection of GIFs which are guara...

Does 80% of Happiness Come From 20% of Your Life?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

The bottom line seems to be 80% of that much sought after self-fulfillment kind of happiness comes from the 20% of my time which I am able to spend writing. Tying in with that oft quoted/ misquoted 80-20 rule or, the law of the vital few, which states roughly 80% of the effects, comes from 20% of the causes.

Why Do Some Books Have the X-Factor?

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anne-Marie Scully

We all have our favourite books but what makes some books so special that they become a favourite book for millions of people? Without doubt, great editing, engaging cover art and clever marketing all play their part but I am more interested in what the initial ingredients are that go into making the writing itself special.

Matthew Tucker

INTERVIEW: Kate Mosse On Co-Founding The Women's Prize For Fiction

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

It's been a busy year for Kate Mosse, chair of the Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the biggest literature prizes in the world. Not only has the i...

Joyland - Stephen King (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

In King's latest book, we find 21-year-old Devin Jones about to embark on the most pivotal period of his young life. It's 1973 and Dev (as he becomes ...

How I Self Published, Sold 60,000 Copies, And a Literary Agent Found Me

Rachael Lucas | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rachael Lucas

The last month has been completely bonkers, Sealed with a Kiss was still number one in the Amazon romance chart. I hadn't really had any thoughts about what would happen next. And then the emails started arriving from agents. My instinctive reaction was to steer clear - I was quite liking the whole going-it-alone self-publishing thing.

Direct Publishing - A Real Game Changer

TJ Cooke | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
TJ Cooke

As Winston Churchill famously said, 'Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.' We may well be 'at the end of the beginning' of of a period of change in publishing trends. Amazon et al have now made their mark in the direct publishing world, and if they haven't yet caused the industry to sit up and take note, they surely soon will.