Book Publishing

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

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.06.2016 | 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 13.04.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 17.02.2016 | 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 08.02.2016 | 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 05.02.2016 | 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 05.02.2016 | 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.

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.