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 […]

7 things your editor wants you to know

7 things your editor wants you to know

This is a guest post by Emma Smith. Emma is an editor for Trapeze, a new commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint at Orion. Working on a broad range of titles, from humour, memoir and biography to lifestyle, gift and pop science, Emma commissions on the non-fiction side of the list. She recently won the Shooting […]

5 tips for attracting an agent

5 tips for attracting an agent

Louise Buckley is an agent at Zeno Agency. She became an agent after spending six years working at Pan Macmillan and Dorling Kindersley publishers. Here are her top five tips for attracting an agent’s interest. 1) Address your covering letter to the correct agent I’m going to be brutally honest here, but it’s in the spirit of […]

What are Words Worth? Falling author earnings and what we can do

What are Words Worth? Falling author earnings and what we can do

Studies across the world have shown that authors’ earnings are falling fast. Authors remain the only essential part of the creation of a book and it is in everyone’s interests to ensure they can make a living. For that reason, the Society of Authors in the UK has banded with sister organisations worldwide to call […]

Author negotiations: the dos and don’ts

Author negotiations: the dos and don’ts

Lindsay Sutherland is an Acquisitions Editor at Emond Publishing and has been in the industry for 13 years – primarily in the Educational Publishing sector. Lindsay lives and works in Toronto with her husband and son, and when she’s not reading she’s probably watching the Gilmore Girls. Here she discloses her dos and don’ts for successful […]

Does the book fit in your handbag? An Editor’s top tips

Does the book fit in your handbag? An Editor’s top tips

This is a guest post by Phoebe Morgan. Phoebe works as an Editor at Octopus Publishing Group across a range of non-fiction titles. She blogs about her favourite books here.

A misnomer: why successful self-publishing is the opposite of going it alone

A misnomer: why successful self-publishing is the opposite of going it alone

This is a Guest Post by Phil Williams on how collaboration is key to successful self-publishing. Phil is a writer and English tutor based in Brighton. Outside his position as a Communications Manager for social support platform Mifinder, he blogs about copywriting, creative writing and the English language, and has self-published two novels and an […]