Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference [event report]

Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference [event report]

On Monday 13 November, over 120 people came together for the second Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference, organised by The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair. Over the course of 2017, many writers and publishing staff from under-represented communities have expressed their frustration with our industry’s love of a panel discussion, which can often […]

Fact Checking: Vital or a waste of time?

Fact Checking: Vital or a waste of time?

I spend a lot of my time editing non-fiction; no matter how much I love fiction, the factual stuff takes up more of my time at the moment. And with factual editing comes fact checking. Now, you may have a client who says ‘all the facts are correct’ but if, as you are working through […]

Translating Poetry: A thorny problem

Translating Poetry: A thorny problem

Here Sue Burke writes about the problems of translating poetry, drawing examples from some of her own haiku. Sue is a widely-published American writer and translator, specialising in poetry and genre fiction. The Spanish language doesn’t have a verb equivalent to “finesse.” You can express the idea, of course. “She finessed her way into the party,” can be said in […]

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 […]

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 […]

A guide on book title punctuation

A guide on book title punctuation

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have made a capital mistake when not checking the rules of capitalization before publishing. It can be a tricky business, but nothing you cannot master by following a set of […]

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 […]

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief [EVENT NOTES]

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief [EVENT NOTES]

It’s ironic that an event all about a good quality design brief started with me totally failing to pay attention to my own brief for the evening: after a long Tube journey, I rocked up at The Library, ready for BookMachine fun, only to discover everyone else had gone to The Driver at King’s Cross. […]

Lincoln in the Bardo wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Lincoln in the Bardo wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders has been named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first full-length novel from George Saunders, internationally renowned short story writer. The 58-year-old New York resident, born in Texas, is the second American author to win the prize in its […]

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

Sweek, a social platform for free reading and writing, and Ravensburger, a well-known German publisher, have successfully completed #SchreibMitRavensburger, a Young Adult writing contest. At an exclusive event at the Ravensburger headquarters, Samira Bosshard was revealed to be the winner of the contest and earned herself a publishing contract, after impressing both the Sweek reading […]