The author platform: Why it matters for publishers

The author platform: Why it matters for publishers

Adrian Zackheim, founder of Portfolio, Penguin’s prestigious business book list, knows a thing or two about acquiring and marketing business books. So when I spoke to him in The Extraordinary Business Book Club this week I asked what he looked for in an author. An existing platform – a strong social media following, highly ranked […]

10 Questions for Vitek Tracz, founder of F1000Research

10 Questions for Vitek Tracz, founder of F1000Research

Vitek Tracz is the founder of F1000Research, an open research publishing platform based on open and transparent peer review that offers immediate publication of an article on submission (assuming it passes a set of basic screening checks). Paula Gantz sat down with Tracz following his keynote address at the Association of American Publishers’ Professional and […]

Building the book in public

Building the book in public

For most publishers, the finished book is not just the main unit of currency but the single external output from the publishing process. Galleys or ARCs might go out, tightly controlled, to reviewers, but the manuscript itself and early rounds of proofs are strictly between author and editor. The exception of course is academic publishing, […]

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

As part of Academic Book Week, on Monday 23rd January, Emerald Publishing hosted a debate called ‘Creating the Future of Academic Publishing: Strengthening the Research Ecosystem‘. It was held at London South Bank University and organised by BookMachine. The event was compered by Richard Fisher from the Independent Publishers’ Guild (IPG), with panellists Martin Eve, […]

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Abbie Headon is Commissioning and Digital Development Editor at Summersdale Publishers, and a BookMachine Board Member (representing the Editorial Channel). I was lucky enough last week to go to my first official publishing event wearing my BookMachine hat, as I wended my way to The Caledonian Club in the heart of London for the catchily-titled ‘Westminster Media […]

Rejection stinks: Tips for authors on handling rejections

Rejection stinks: Tips for authors on handling rejections

Jonny Geller is the joint CEO of Curtis Brown. Jonny represents a wide range of bestselling and award winning writers. His clients include: William Boyd, Tracy Chevalier, John le Carré, Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, Ian Fleming Estate and Nelson Mandela foundation. Here are Jonny’s top tips for authors on handling rejections. Rejection stinks. There […]

Interview with Literary Agent Harry Illingworth

Interview with Literary Agent Harry Illingworth

Harry Illingworth is a literary agent at DHH Literary Agency, where he specialises in genre fiction and is actively building his list. He is also Marketing & Communications Manager at Goldsboro Books, an independent bookshop in Central London. Before that he gained experience in different departments of the publishing industry at Michael O’Mara Books, HarperCollins and […]

Inclusivity and diversity in publishing: Interview with literary agent Isobel Dixon

Inclusivity and diversity in publishing: Interview with literary agent Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon grew up in South Africa, studied in Scotland and now works in London. She is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency where she represents a wide range of writers from around the world. Norah Myers interviews her here. 1) Why was it important to you to speak at Building Inclusivity in […]

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest […]

The truth about business books

The truth about business books

I recently collaborated with an MBA student writing her dissertation. It was a fascinating experience, and a great opportunity for me to commission some top-class primary research into the way that the business of business books is changing. One of the key findings of her research was that for business authors, the value of the […]