Top 5 productivity books for writers

Top 5 productivity books for writers

I’m a productivity nerd – nothing delights me more than a how-to guide on getting organised and getting things done. Over the years I’ve gathered a collection of titles that have inspired me to start writing, helped me deal with distraction, and offered advice on building a regular writing habit. Here’s my selection of those […]

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

In the run up to the next BookMachine event on Wednesday (15th), ‘Outsourcing Uncovered:Managing, inspiring and evaluating your out-of-house workforce‘, Liz Jones shares her top tips for staying interested as a freelancer.  Many publishing professionals make the leap from employment to freelancing. However, it can be a shock to move from a senior in-house position […]

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copy-editor who specializes in helping independent authors of fiction and non-fiction bring clarity and consistency to their books. To get in touch, visit her website: Louise Harnby | Proofreader. I’m a specialist author’s proofreader and copy-editor. I work primarily with independent fiction writers in a variety of genres […]

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

It’s no secret I’m a productivity freak. A friend recently drew a cartoon birthday card of me as Little Miss Just Get It Done and my secret Santa gift from colleagues at Emerald Group Publishing this Christmas was a mug emblazoned with the words: Get Shit Done. At home, my shelves are overflowing with books […]

10 translating tips for beginners

10 translating tips for beginners

Translating is not just what I do, it is also my passion. Deciphering a message and encoding it into another language is fun and exciting. If you’re considering a career in Translation or you already made up your mind to become one of us, these tips will help you get started: 1) Try to dedicate […]

7 questions to shape an effective innovation team

7 questions to shape an effective innovation team

When managing any innovation project, organizing your team is one of the most important challenges you will face. No matter if you found a startup or drive innovation in an enterprise environment, it is always about orchestrating the talent of your team members in order to generate growth. The perfect organization of any innovation team […]

Negotiating techniques for publishers

Negotiating techniques for publishers

PublishDrive is an ebook publishing service which supports the operational processes of small indie publishers and authors. Kinga Jentetics is CEO and co-founder of PublishDrive, and here are her top negotiating tips.  If you do business in the publishing industry, you have to develop your own negotiating techniques. When you are doing online business with […]

On translation techniques or impossible translations

On translation techniques or impossible translations

One of my favourite things to check on the internet are the so-called “untranslatable words” (or expressions) from different languages, where you can find many different foreign sayings that don’t exist in the rest of the cultures, so they are accompanied by a description of their meaning, such as this: Caption from Huffington Post, read […]

10 Things you need to know before you start to publish

10 Things you need to know before you start to publish

Do you ever think that you know SO much about publishing, but have missed the memo on how to set up a bar code or how exactly you should go about distributing your books? Well here is a handy checklist from our friends at Nielsen – ’10 things you need to know before you publish’: […]

How to share advance copies of ebooks to those without a suitable device

How to share advance copies of ebooks to those without a suitable device

I was talking to a customer about their ebook publishing programme last week and heard that they are looking for a simple way to send copies of reflowable and fixed layout ebooks out for approval. Their question was this: “Is there a straightforward way for someone outside of the company to open and read an eBook?” […]