This is a guest blog post from Danielle Barthell. Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. While there, she realized she wanted to put her English degree and love of the written word to work at a literary agency. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services. Follow Danielle @debarthel
In today’s market, more and more publishers and agents are asking their authors, “What is your brand?” in terms of marketing and publicity. But what exactly does that mean, and how does branding help your career? Determining your brand gives you the chance to convey your style and career goals in just a few words, phrases, or images. It’s the perfect way to tip off your audience as to how you want to be seen in the literary realm, without giving them paragraphs of explanation. My colleagues and I at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. are constantly thinking about this for our authors; here are five of the important points that will hopefully help clarify this topic a bit for you.
This is a guest post from Emma Barnes. Emma is co-founder of General Products, and indie publisher Snowbooks. General Products is the company behind FutureBook-award-winning Bibli
API is one of those acronyms you hear bandied about. “APIs”, people say, “are vital. Vital!” But if, as you fervently nod in agreement, you’re thinking of another acronym — “WTF?” — then this article is for you.
Sam Husain joined Foyles as Chief Executive back in 2007, and today it’s been announced that he will be retiring in April. Husain achieved great results in the role, with Foyles winning Bookseller of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and Children’s Bookseller of the Year in 2012. The bricks and mortar book retail market has been under tremendous challenge in recent years but, despite this, he has steered the business through five consecutive years of profitable trading.
Today sees Readership – a new digital publishing platform – open for submissions. Writers seeking publication can upload extracts of their work to the site, where readers can cast a critical eye over the opening line, the first chapter and/or the second chapter, then decide if they’re interested enough to read more.
Foyles, the award-winning independent bookshop chain, is to open a new branch at Grand Central Birmingham, the city’s new £150 million premium retail destination, in September 2015.
Sitting above the newly transformed New Street Station, Grand Central Birmingham is owned by Birmingham City Council and set to open in September 2015. The 500,000 sq ft development, whose anchor store is a 250,000 sq ft John Lewis, is poised to welcome an anticipated 50m visitors per year.
The Copyright Licensing Agency‘s digital copyright icon ‘What Can I Do With This Content?’, aims to help publishers clearly and simply communicate their copyright terms to users. We caught up with the CLA’s Marketing Manager Paul Rollins.
The 2014 Costa Book of the Year award has gone to Helen Macdonald for her work of non-fiction, H is for Hawk. Macdonald’s book took the prize over Ali Smith’s How to Be Both, Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing, Jonathan Edwards’ My Family and Other Superheroes and Kate Saunders’ Five Children on the Western Front. The author wins £30,000.
This is a guest post by Abbie Headon. Abbie joined Summersdale Publishers in 2010. In her role as Managing and Commissioning Editor she writes, edits and commissions content across a broad range of trade non-fiction titles. Her book Poetry First Aid Kit was published by Summersdale in 2013, and her Literary First Aid Kit is due to hit the world’s bookshelves in August 2015.
Editing is one of the Dark Arts of publishing. For proofreading and copyediting, there are books and courses that explain all the quirks and twists, but editing – and by this I mean structural editing, where you take somebody’s manuscript and help them make it better – does not fit this model. For me, editing is where the magic happens. And editing has a lot in common with magic: it takes a lot of practice, and it works best when you see its effects, but not the details of how it was done.
Last year, The 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey revealed that of the traditionally published authors who took part in the survey, 59.3% earned less than £600 per year. A report from the Authors’ Licensing & Collection Society (ACLS), What Are Words Worth Now?, furthered that average author earnings were below £11,000 per year, down almost £3,500 from the previous report in 2005. Not enough to live on and well below the minimum wage.
The debate over how we pay our authors was hot all year, and it looks not less important as we enter 2015. Clearly, many authors are not making enough money to live on, but is this because we’re paying them unfairly or because their content isn’t selling?
This is a guest post from Emma Barnes and Rob Jones. Emma and Rob are co-founders of General Products Ltd, and indie publisher Snowbooks. General Products is the company behind FutureBook-award-winning Bibliocloud, the web-based all-in-one publishing management system. Here is an edited extract from The Bibliocloud Book: read more at http://bibliodocs.com/manual
XML is one of those boring ideas that can make business run more smoothly, like ISBN numbers or barcodes. Really it’s just some general rules for how to write down information so that computers as well as people can read it – mainly computers, though. It’s not even a full set of rules; it’s just enough to help people make a start on designing their own formats for sharing information.