Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

We’re in the business of saying yes … but just as important can be knowing when to say no – some projects may just be more trouble than they are worth. Here are some warning signs to look out for. An unreasonably long test. You have to decide what you consider unreasonable, of course, and it […]

The importance of covers in commercial fiction

The importance of covers in commercial fiction

Phoebe Morgan is an editor at HarperCollins specialising in commercial crime, thrillers and women’s fiction. She is also an author and her first book, The Doll House, will publish from HQ this September. In commercial fiction, the importance of book covers cannot be underestimated. Think about it – you’re walking through a bookshop, and what […]

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 […]

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, and works on the In Other Words translation initiative. My first few years in children’s publishing were spent in rights and production departments. It was wonderful watching our books get translated into dozens of […]

Interview with WriteNow participant Nelson Abbey

Interview with WriteNow participant Nelson Abbey

WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves, is back for 2017. The world’s number-one publisher is looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability, […]

5 reasons for the return of the novella

5 reasons for the return of the novella

Jon Watt of indie publisher Type & Tell hails the return of the novella and the part authors have played in it.  The novella has had a tough few decades. For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it was an admired format, with Tolstoy, Fitzgerald, Kipling, Conrad and Woolf all embracing short form. But […]

Interview with WriteNow mentor Lydia Yadi

Interview with WriteNow mentor Lydia Yadi

WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves, is back for 2017. The world’s number-one publisher is looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability, to […]

How to secure publicity for potentially divisive books

How to secure publicity for potentially divisive books

January this year saw the launch of our new series of books on gender diversity. From first-person memoirs to children’s storybooks, many of these books are written by trans and non-binary people and consider the particular challenges that this group faces. We expected some negative press on the launch of this list – the topics […]

Choosing the right outsourcing resource for your publishing projects

Choosing the right outsourcing resource for your publishing projects

Maintaining quality publishing whilst outsourcing work to various third parties is a concern for every publisher. A good freelancer or packager will take this requirement as seriously as their clients but how can publishers make the right choice of resource for their outsourced projects? A recent Just Content whitepaper in collaboration with BookMachine, looked at […]

What makes a good translator?

What makes a good translator?

You’re in search of a translator – someone utterly reliable, preferably with a small spark of genius, to work on a manuscript (fiction or non-fiction), a cover blurb or marketing materials. You have a short list of names, including referrals from colleagues and a couple of translators whose websites look good. How do you choose? […]