The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

Oh, no … You didn’t just ask your spouse, your mom, or your best friend to read your book and tell you what they think, did you? Every author needs test readers—impartial, unbiased test readers. As much as your squad may want to help, beta reading is one area where friends and family don’t qualify. […]

Translation tips for beginners

Translation tips for beginners

Have you ever heard the term “lost in translation”? What this commonly used phrase essentially means is that there aren’t specific words to describe the feeling, emotion, or sensation when you’re trying to translate it into another language. (It’s also a really great Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson indie film.) Although a lot of language […]

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 […]

35 easy keyboard shortcuts to improve your workflow in Word

35 easy keyboard shortcuts to improve your workflow in Word

There’s a lot of talk among editors and wordy wordsmiths about using macros to help efficiency when you’re working. Truth be told, macros can be scary and take a bit of getting used to. But there are clever little tricks that can help you become more efficient without having to go through the learning curve […]

Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

While the details of any book are important to get right, books about personal or sensitive topics require an extra level of attention to ensure inclusivity and correctness. We launched our gender diversity list in January 2017, and since then we’ve published a wide range of books by trans and non-binary authors. While the issues […]

The Editor: Reader Experience Champion

The Editor: Reader Experience Champion

Some books are immersive webs of storytelling. They create new worlds into which readers dive to escape this one, and the richer and longer the experience, the better. Business books do not work like this. ‘I hear from business leaders and colleagues all the time, “Oh I’m just too busy. I don’t have time to […]

FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers

FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers

Sheila Bounford has worked in service businesses connected to the publishing industry for thirty years. A former Executive Director of the IPG, Head of Business Development at NBNi, and mentor to independent publishers, she is currently teaching English to secondary school pupils as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. BookMachine is a great […]

Anonymity and the copy editor: Is it time to be recognised?

Anonymity and the copy editor: Is it time to be recognised?

Here Sara Donaldson looks at the anonymity of the copy editor, why this is generally the case, and asks whether or not they should be acknowledged. As an editor I often like to remain anonymous As a copy editor I feel that I’m just polishing the author’s intentions and getting their ‘real’ story out there. […]

Interview with Francesca Main, Publishing Director at Picador

Interview with Francesca Main, Publishing Director at Picador

Francesca Main is Publishing Director at Picador, where her authors include Jessie Burton, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Emma Flint, Mark Watson and Adam Kay. She was named Editor of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards in 2015. Previously, she worked at Simon & Schuster, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin and has also taught creative writing and editing […]

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 […]