So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

It is a truth universally acknowledged that book editors spend their days languidly leafing through the pages of books and occasionally waving a red pen in the vague direction of a stray comma or unruly capital… Or so I’ve been told – on numerous occasions. But never by the lucky ones who get to toil […]

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 […]

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 […]

On being a Rising Star and Literary Agent: Ariella Feiner interview

On being a Rising Star and Literary Agent: Ariella Feiner interview

Ariella Feiner started working at PFD in 2006 before moving to United Agents and is now nurturing her own client list which includes many bestselling, critically acclaimed and award winning authors across fiction and non-fiction, including a million-copy selling author and ground-breaking non-fiction. In 2017, The Bookseller named her as a Rising Star. Here, Norah […]

A beginner’s guide to negotiating publishing contracts

A beginner’s guide to negotiating publishing contracts

Contracts? They are the pages of scary legal stuff that someone else deals with, right? A contract is a business agreement for the supply of goods or performance of work at a previously specified and agreed upon price. The payment often comes as an advance against royalties, which allows the author to have a share […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Working with authors has to be the best part of any commissioning editor’s job. At Open University Press, I have been lucky to work closely with leading executive coaches, psychologists, therapists and literacy experts. My authors are some of the most entrepreneurial and inspiring people I know, many have become friends. When the publisher-author relationship […]