JVs and affiliates – better together

JVs and affiliates – better together

It’s a fact of life – of my life certainly, and I’m pretty sure yours too – that you can’t do everything on your own. Sometimes you need to bring specific skills and experience into the business by recruiting, sometimes you need to partner with another company, such as software developers, to deliver a project. […]

Why we ask readers to choose the novels we publish

Why we ask readers to choose the novels we publish

Yvonne Barlow is the publisher of Hookline Books, they take submissions only from students and graduates of MA writing courses and put the work before book groups and keen readers. Yvonne also founded Bookline & Thinker, a publisher of non-fiction. There’s a question many industries ask their interns: “Who’s the most important person in the […]

Curtis Brown Creative writing school: Interview with Rufus Purdy

Curtis Brown Creative writing school: Interview with Rufus Purdy

Curtis Brown Creative is the only writing school to be run by a literary agency, and offers selective novel-writing courses in London and online. Here, its editor, Rufus Purdy, tells Norah Myers what sets CBC apart, and how 27 of its former students have gone on to get book deals. 1) What was the inspiration behind […]

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

Since 2015, Kingston University has given a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the univeristy as part of the KU Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they get there. After the success of KU Big Read 2016, more than 140 titles were suggested for […]

The relationship between author and publicist

The relationship between author and publicist

Carys Bray is the author of a collection of short stories, Sweet Home, and two novels, A Song for Issy Bradley, which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and The Museum of You. Here, she shares her experience about an author’s relationship with a publicist. When my first book was published I was my […]

How to write a design brief and why it’s important to get right

How to write a design brief and why it’s important to get right

One of the biggest aspects that can make or break a design project is the briefing process. The best design work comes when designers are confident, as with many walks of life. If designers are given great briefs, that they’re confident in understanding, then they can spend the full amount of time designing instead of querying what is meant by […]

Interview with Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, winner of last year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Interview with Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, winner of last year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Rebecca Lewis-Oakes is the 2015 winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. She is currently Managing Editor for Fiction at Egmont UK and has been a commissioning editor at Puffin, Faber & Faber and Scholastic, working across all ages and ranges of children’s books, from fiction and non-fiction to picture books, gift and novelty. Her […]

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

As part of Academic Book Week, on Monday 23rd January, Emerald Publishing hosted a debate called ‘Creating the Future of Academic Publishing: Strengthening the Research Ecosystem‘. It was held at London South Bank University and organised by BookMachine. The event was compered by Richard Fisher from the Independent Publishers’ Guild (IPG), with panellists Martin Eve, […]

5 lessons from a publishing life

5 lessons from a publishing life

Andrew Hayward is MD of Ether Books, and has previously worked at The Lutterworth Press, Penguin, Pearson, Constable & Robinson and Summersdale Publishers. About eighteen months ago my CEO and I were in an investment fair pitching for money for Ether. At the buffet lunch an investment banker said to me, ‘Andy, I don’t think […]

8 steps to writing a book that sells

8 steps to writing a book that sells

Writing a book can be a great way to market yourself and even make money. But actually finishing the steps to writing a book and achieving the results you want is much harder in practice. In this article I’ll share the eight steps to writing a book that sells: from determining your goals to writing […]