Taking criticism well

Taking criticism well

Listed by the Observer as one of “Our top 50 players in the world of books”, Clare Conville previously worked as an editor at Random House, before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Between them Clare’s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK including the Man Booker […]

Which social media channel sells the most books?

Which social media channel sells the most books?

“Which one social media channel will net me the most book sales?” an author asked me recently during my new weekly #BookMarketingChat. Well, it’s not that easy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just go to say, Facebook, because that’s the EASY button, and violá! They will come, we will sell, and yacht-life, here we […]

8 essential steps to successful self-publishing   

8 essential steps to successful self-publishing  

A former journalist and author, Jon Watt is now Country Manager of Type & Tell, an innovative new self-publishing services provider offering free book layout and 100% author royalties. Here he shares his top tips for succeeding in the competitive world of self-publishing. 1) Be honest Why do you want to publish? Do you want to […]

Contracts? Show me the bit about advances and royalties and the rest isn’t worth reading!

Contracts? Show me the bit about advances and royalties and the rest isn’t worth reading!

Mara Livingstone-McPhail was a bookseller, reviewed books on BBC radio and organized book events in inner-city schools before being lured to London by the team who now run Chicken House Books. A freelance editor, proofreader and writer, she reads every day for as long as she can keep her eyes open. Here she explains some […]

Why authors need to get messy

Why authors need to get messy

If you’re an author, or you’re working with an author, then you may beat yourself/them up for being unable to summon up a laser-like focus on the job in hand. Alternatively you may be exasperated by the way your/their creativity and the immediacy of the writing seem to evaporate as the book progresses. (I speak […]

£1000 in Cash Prizes – Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition

£1000 in Cash Prizes – Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition

Enjoy writing?  Fancy reward and recognition for your work? Writers in Oxford (WiO) is running a competition this summer for young Oxfordshire writers (aged 18–30), with £1000 being distributed in cash prizes. Submissions of 500 words, either fiction or non-fiction – and which can have been previously published – are invited of a piece of […]

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Amy Baker is a freelance writer and the author of travel humour memoir, “Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America”. She has just co-founded The Riff Raff – a writers’ community that champions debut authors and supports those hoping to one day be published themselves.  When working on your first […]

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. In a previous article, freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Here she follows up with some useful tips on how to tackle these issues.  […]

17 ways to annoy an editor

17 ways to annoy an editor

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. Freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Soon to follow is Sue’s companion piece on how to resolve these issues, and what authors can do […]

Writing for international audiences

Writing for international audiences

Writing has a huge potential audience now as we have many ways to access the written word. If not done well, though, writing for a global audience will not reach some readers. Who is the audience? When writers are writing, they may not automatically have their worldwide audience at the front of their mind, or […]