Book Publishing

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

Alix Long | Posted 28.08.2014 | 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 14.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 22.07.2014 | 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.

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?