Becoming the change we want to see: #Inclusivityconf17

Becoming the change we want to see: #Inclusivityconf17

On Monday 13th November, London Book Fair and the Publisher’s Association held their second annual Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference in London. Hosted by BBC’s Razia Iqbal, the day’s purpose was to confront what more the publishing industry should be doing to ensure it is representative of the world we are speaking to. The key […]

How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

Putting aside the constant scare of whether robots will soon take our jobs – coming even from creatives – AI is already here and more and more companies are using it. But what can AI do for publishers, and is there anything publishers can do for AI? So, how does it work? In theory, it is […]

Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

My daily hour+ commute to and from work enables me to take in a variety of podcasts, a bit of SiriusXM Radio and, more recently, some quality time with Google Assistant. The latter simply means I press and hold the home button on my Galaxy phone and say, “good morning.” Google takes it from there, […]

The habit that actually decreases your productivity

The habit that actually decreases your productivity

‘I didn’t work hard at school and go to uni so I could spend my life sending emails.’ – Lisa Owens, Not Working Your alarm goes off. You hit snooze for a few minutes. Then you check your phone: social media, texts, and emails. You get up and start your day. You go into the […]

How do you know that your rights are alright: interview with Clare Painter

How do you know that your rights are alright: interview with Clare Painter

In the run up to next week’s event: How do you know that your rights are alright?, we interviewed Clare Painter, one of our expert panellists – to find out more about how publishers can manage their rights more effectively. Clare is a licensing agent and digital rights consultant, helping publishers and other users of digital content […]

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

I need an editor … you’ll be rewarded I need an editor … you’ll get great exposure I need an editor … fast I need an editor … I don’t mind paying I need an editor … willing to pay I need an editor … for free   If you need an editor … I’ll […]

A beginner’s guide to white space

A beginner’s guide to white space

Most people involved in writing or publishing are aware of the phrase “white space” and realise that the visual impact of a text, whether on page or screen, can have a huge effect on how the reader perceives the content. The problem is that “white space” isn’t a particularly simple concept and a little knowledge can be a dangerous […]

Authors: Don’t overlook audio

Authors: Don’t overlook audio

Audiobooks are on the rise, particularly in retail. This is the ideal time for you to reconsider audio publishing. W.F. Howes Ltd’s Acquisitions Editor, Rachel Gregory, looks at how you can get involved. Who’s listening? While audio consumers span most ages and consumer groups, younger readers appear to favour it most as a format. Statistics […]

Enjoying reading when you’re a professional reader

Enjoying reading when you’re a professional reader

I love reading, it’s my favourite activity and has led directly to working in publishing and bookselling.  Like everyone else, though, real life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of all the books I’d like to read. Like everyone else in publishing, my ‘need to read’ pile is huge and I don’t […]