Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

I have spent fifteen years writing the How to Train Your Dragon books, and over those fifteen years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, something you do before moving on […]

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

Sweek, a social platform for free reading and writing, and Ravensburger, a well-known German publisher, have successfully completed #SchreibMitRavensburger, a Young Adult writing contest. At an exclusive event at the Ravensburger headquarters, Samira Bosshard was revealed to be the winner of the contest and earned herself a publishing contract, after impressing both the Sweek reading […]

File name conventions that keep track of your revisions [FOR AUTHORS]

File name conventions that keep track of your revisions [FOR AUTHORS]

It’s never too soon to start using good file naming habits. When your whole story lies ahead of you, it’s easy to naively assume you’ll start with TheGirlWiththeFuzzyManuscript_Orig, then go to FuzzyGirl_Revised, and maybe finish with TGWTFM_BetaFeedback. What you may not have counted on are the dozen variations of your book now nesting inside your […]

5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books

5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books

The widespread of interactive books coincided with me getting into publishing studies and I couldn’t be any happier to live in this amazing age. I still remember my disbelief in 2009, when I first heard about hypertext and interconnected books. My professor seemed to be telling an impossible tale about a future where all quotes, […]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1]

This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals. In this two part post, Ricardo shares what publishers can learn from self-publishers.  One of the great things about Reedsy […]

How to use Pinterest for branding and marketing [FOR AUTHORS]

How to use Pinterest for branding and marketing [FOR AUTHORS]

Pinterest is an easy option for authors looking to extend their platform, build their brand, and connect with readers. Here are a few tips to help you get started. What type of boards and pins should I include? (I hear this question A LOT!) The first thing I suggest is getting your list of keywords that […]

How to price an ebook [FOR SELF-PUBLISHERS]

How to price an ebook [FOR SELF-PUBLISHERS]

Setting the ideal price of your ebook is the final step of self-publishing. By the time you get to the point where you set a price for your work, you might think that you’re done with the hard part. But finding the right price might not be that easy after all. Pricing is one of […]

My top 5 audiobooks: Why it’s worth spending a credit

My top 5 audiobooks: Why it’s worth spending a credit

Why become an audiobook subscriber? With so many storytelling subscriptions available – Netflix, Amazon Prime, the list is endless – here are just five of my favourite audiobooks along with reasons why it’s worth buying these books in audio rather than as a physical book/ebook. Once you’ve listened to these, you’ll never look back from […]

What agents look for in commercial fiction

What agents look for in commercial fiction

In these vastly uncertain economic and political times, there’s nothing more transporting than curling up with a brilliant novel. There’s some brilliant television on at the moment – dark, suspenseful drama and epic period pieces – but for something truly escapist, truly uplifting, sometimes only fiction will do. Much has been said about this new trend towards […]

Launch of Lincoln First Editions, a new sub-imprint devoted to debuts

Launch of Lincoln First Editions, a new sub-imprint devoted to debuts

From the creative team that has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize – Illustrated Book Category for the last two years running, comes a new sub-imprint devoted to debuts. Every year, Lincoln First Editions will travel the world to discover the best children’s picture books from new authors and/or illustrators, using its publishing expertise to […]