UK Publishing

Amazon vs. Hachette and the Future of Book Publishing

Cyrus Moore | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cyrus Moore

Amazon's dispute with Hachette could have consequences none of us ever dreamed of. As a society, we must be careful we do not sleepwalk into a situation we later come to regret - a world where publishers are marginalised and authors simply self-publish on Amazon.

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 4

Chris Saunders | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

You can't force people to buy your book. And begging is just embarrassing. In the most basic terms, you have to get your book in front of people who might like it and persuade them that they need to buy it.

We All Know That Aspiring Writers Crave Publication - The Question Is, Should They?

John Lucas | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

At the moment I am reading a new novel by a young British author, published by a small but reputable UK house. It is terrible. OK, perhaps I should qu...

Engagement Is the Number One Metric in Marketing

Raconteur Media | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Raconteur Media

At Raconteur we endeavour to have honest, frank conversations with the best of the best - we feel it's important to know how different field leaders, from advertisers and business people to creatives and consumers, think about the world of marketing today. So we interviewed Heidi Taylor, Head of Government & Public Sector Marketing at PwC...

21st Century Content

Raconteur Media | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Raconteur Media

To be a master marketer, you have to be a master of content. But the 2014 forecast study by the CIM reported that only "44% of B2B marketers have a documented content strategy". The numbers suggest that thinking caps aren't on - marketers are pushing out content to tick boxes but floundering when it comes to producing strategic material that helps to achieve real business objectives.

The Mindset Shift Needed for Successful Content Marketing

Raconteur Media | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Raconteur Media

Being honest, you can only cut through the noise if you're willing to adopt a publisher's approach - placing the reader at the centre. That's because when it comes to producing content, publishing values trump marketing values - relevant, engaging content is inherent in the very philosophy and execution of the business of publishing...

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

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.

Breakfast With Arianna Huffington

Sian O'Neill | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian O'Neill

It's not often that you will find me at an event before 7:30am, but an invitation to an interview with Huffpost's very own Arianna Huffington was certainly a strong enough draw. And I am very glad I made it.

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part Three

Chris Saunders | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Market primed, you can finally hit 'publish.' The KDP service allows you to utilize various promotional offers, such as discounted pricing or offering your book free for a limited time. With X: A Collection of Horror, I opted for the latter.

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 2

Chris Saunders | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Once your book is written, it's up to you to make sure the finished product is up to a high standard. It has your name on it, after all. The average buyer probably won't be expecting the next Pulitzer Prize winner, but they will be expecting a professional job, and rightly so.

Women Writers Are Getting a Raw Deal

Sara Sheridan | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Female writers earn averagely only 77.5% of what their male counterparts earn. That's taking into account the bestselling efforts of the likes of JK Rowling. I'm an historical novelist and given that over 80% of fiction is bought by women I found that statistic particularly surprising.

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 Nail a Job in Technology

Stephen Devlin | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Devlin

When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.

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!

Why You Are Never Too Old to Do What You Love

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

A true entrepreneur does what he or she loves, therefore, to them, it is not even like work. Days blend into evenings, weekdays blend into weekends; there is little to no distinction between work and play. No such thing as time off! So, as time passes by and health permitting, why would that person ever want to stop doing what they love?

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.

Modern Publishing

Chris Saunders | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

I've kicked around the publishing game for a while. In the past decade I've had two books published by traditional publishers, and four by digital publishers. On the flip side, I've collected more rejections than I can count. I've experienced the high's and the low's, and now I'm going to share with you some of what I've learned...

And The Worst Piece Of Sex Writing In Fiction This Year Was...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Manil Suri has won the 21st annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his third novel, 'The City of Devi'. The prize was presented by th...

Bad Sex Award Shortlist Announced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Hoorah! The shortlist for Britain's most dreaded literary prize has been announced! Yes, the winner of Literary Review's 21st annual Bad Sex Award ...

The Art of Digital Surgery: In Conversation With High End Retoucher Pratik Naik

Hannah Gal | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

As the controversy surrounding Kate Winslet's 'unrealistic' Vogue cover rages on, I meet with a world renowned high end retoucher, Pratik Naik (Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, FHM, Cosmopolitan and The Observer) to discuss aesthetics, ethics and the more technical aspects of beautifying subjects on commission.

Niche Websites, Blogs and Magazines Should Come Together to Create Journalism That Can Make a Difference

Jon Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Vale

The medley of today's media is unprecedented. While Britain's biggest publishers find themselves in similarly unparalleled levels of turmoil - shrinking revenue, the threat of state regulation, and a growing tendency to aim their guns at each other - the range of outlets beneath them is fragmenting like light through a prism.

Online-publishing Teenagers Create a Whole New Meaning for Poetry

Alix Long | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

Even when we lose all hope in our seemingly hopeless race of humanity, there is still a flickering and poignantly strong light at the end of the tunnel. And that light, ladies and gentlemen, is the light of us teenagers.

Why John Green has got it wrong: Self-publishing isn't about doing it yourself

Polly Courtney | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Polly Courtney

Self-publishing is about staying in control of your destiny as a writer and having a say in how your book is packaged, produced, distributed and promoted. It is about making your own decisions, in collaboration with the experts (and in some cases, fans) to ensure that your work reaches readers in the way that is right for you.

Can You SEO Your Way to the Bestseller List?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Tech
Laxmi Hariharan

Chris McVeigh-- he runs FourFiftyOne a digital publishing consultancy as well as seoforbooks--said, "SEO is a huge opportunity for Indie authors to become discoverable" adding "it is not a discoverability but a visibility problem for many authors."