The Good Journal: Interview with Julia Kingsford

The Good Journal: Interview with Julia Kingsford

Abbie Headon interviews Julia Kingsford, literary agent and marketing consultant at Kingsford Campbell, about her new project, The Good Journal. 1) You’ve just launched The Good Journal on Kickstarter: what is it? It’s a quarterly literary magazine for writers of colour. We’re launching it because we believe there should be more of a platform for […]

Let frustration be your fuel: 7 lessons for start-ups from Salomé Magazine

Let frustration be your fuel: 7 lessons for start-ups from Salomé Magazine

Salomé is one of the newest publications to hit the independent press scene. Launched in April this year, Salomé is the literary magazine for emerging female writers, and gives self-identifying women the platform, confidence and experience to get their writing published. Jacquelyn Guderley, the magazine’s founder, shares lessons she’s learned along the way. “Salomé was […]

Alchemy: Why poetry publishers need to get it together

Alchemy: Why poetry publishers need to get it together

In May this year, three wrestling matches were held in a library. Two small poetry publishers, Sidekick Books and The Emma Press, nominated their champions for the ‘Pamphleteers’ grand slam, roared about their scrapping prowess and set them against each other in a no-holds-bard smackdown. Pamphlet took on pamphlet, and the poetry pitted dinosaurs against […]

Interview with Alice Curry, winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Interview with Alice Curry, winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Alice Curry is the Founder and Publisher of Lantana Publishing, a London-based independent publishing company nominated for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2017. She is this year’s winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. Norah Myers interviews her here.  1) Huge congratulations on winning the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. What […]

Starting your own publishing house: Karen Sullivan interview

Starting your own publishing house: Karen Sullivan interview

Abbie Headon finds out about the joys and challenges of running your own publishing house, from Bookseller Rising Star Karen Sullivan, founder of Orenda Books. 1) Some people would say it’s a huge risk to start your own publishing house; what made you want to do this, instead of working for somebody else? A lot […]

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

I once worked for a start-up in which, with the grand total of four years under my belt, I was the person with the most publishing experience. Like many others in publishing, I found the challenges of growing a company to be immensely satisfying—but also, at times, a little scary. Joining the Independent Publishers Guild […]

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Jef Van der Avoort is co-founder of Squirl, the first location-based book discovery app. Previously he helped brands like LEGO, Philips and Hasbro to create engaging experiences on the border between the analog and digital world. 1) What exactly is Squirl? Squirl is a location-based book discovery app that lets you bump into the real-world settings […]

A day in the life of a startup founder

A day in the life of a startup founder

John Pettigrew is CEO and Founder of Futureproofs, where he is trying to make editors’ lives better with software designed for the jobs they actually do. A recovering editor himself, John has been working in publishing since 1997, including stints on academic journals, educational textbooks, and print and digital materials of all kinds.  06:40 Radio 4 […]

10 Things you need to know before you start to publish

10 Things you need to know before you start to publish

Do you ever think that you know SO much about publishing, but have missed the memo on how to set up a bar code or how exactly you should go about distributing your books? Well here is a handy checklist from our friends at Nielsen – ’10 things you need to know before you publish’: […]