Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Ahead of our next event, ‘The Future of Literature in Translation‘, Nielsen BookScan’s Jaclyn Swope shares the data we need to know about translated titles. As translated titles have made more of an impact on the UK fiction market in recent years we’ve been working at Nielsen to find a way of getting a handle […]

Working with self-publishing authors – Part 2: expectations and implementation

Working with self-publishing authors – Part 2: expectations and implementation

In Part 1: An industry of opportunity, Sophie Playle explored who self-publishes, why and how self-publishing has developed over the years, and what this means for editorial freelances. In this post, she’ll be looking at the more practical elements of working with self-publishing authors. Note: This post has been written with editorial professionals in mind. As […]

Self-publishers, you are your own project manager

Self-publishers, you are your own project manager

Independent authors are often criticized for being too quick to hit publish. This observation carries the veiled assumption that they do this because they are overly eager to get their book to market. But just as often, authors publish before they should because of publishing fatigue. They lose steam during the last stages of book […]

Who is buying and reading ebooks?

Who is buying and reading ebooks?

With further reports of a decline in ebook sales, we share Geethik Technologies’ insights into who’s reading ebooks (this blog post first appeared on the Geethik Technologies blog). Anyone with an eye on ebook buyer behaviour can’t fail to have noticed the latest dismal headlines. After what looked like a bracing start for the format, ebook sales are reported […]

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 […]

Don’t Hold My Head Down: Interview with Lucy-Anne Holmes

Don’t Hold My Head Down: Interview with Lucy-Anne Holmes

Lucy-Anne Holmes is a writer and campaigner. Her last novel Just a Girl Standing In Front of a Boy won the Romantic Novelists Association ‘Rom Com of the Year 2015’ and she founded the successful No More Page 3 campaign. She is currently raising funds for her book Don’t Hold My Head Down with Unbound […]

The Future Looks Bright, The Future Looks Collaborative

The Future Looks Bright, The Future Looks Collaborative

In a packed event at The Library Club on Tuesday, John Bond of whitefox – a publishing agency celebrating its fifth birthday this spring – introduced a panel of experts to explore the theme of creative collaboration in publishing. Chris Michaels, Digital Director at the National Gallery, started by describing how the publishing value chain […]

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 […]

Working with self-publishing authors – Part 1: an industry of opportunity

Working with self-publishing authors – Part 1: an industry of opportunity

The self-publishing boom has happened and it’s here to stay. Options are increasing for writers choosing to take ownership of the publication of their books, and so are opportunities for editors. Who self-publishes? Many self-publishers are writers who have not managed to seduce the necessary gatekeepers stationed along the traditional publishing route – not necessarily because […]

Elevator pitches for editors

Elevator pitches for editors

It’s that time of the year – at least in the UK – when the spring flowers are out, the birds are singing, there’s a fleeting glimmer of sunshine … and it’s the end of a tax year (or the start of a new one, depending on how you choose to look at it). Perhaps […]