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 […]

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. In a previous article, freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Here she follows up with some useful tips on how to tackle these issues.  […]

17 ways to annoy an editor

17 ways to annoy an editor

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. Freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Soon to follow is Sue’s companion piece on how to resolve these issues, and what authors can do […]

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

My mum received a Christmas card from an old friend a few years back with a brief update on family news, including this plaintive summary: ‘The kids are both doing jobs I don’t understand.’ And who can blame her. For centuries how people described what they did in the working day was fairly consistent, but […]

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 […]