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?” […]

Editorial Director vs Publisher: The differences

Editorial Director vs Publisher: The differences

Venetia Gosling is Publisher of the 6+ division at Macmillan Children’s Books, overseeing a list which combines YA, fiction, non fiction and poetry, for readers of six and up. She joined Pan Macmillan in 2013, moving from Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, where she was Fiction Editorial Director. 1) Why would an editorial director want […]

Track Changes Guide: Tips and tricks for handling revisions

Track Changes Guide: Tips and tricks for handling revisions

Lisa Poisso is an editor and works directly with authors, whether you plan to publish independently or submit to an agent or publisher. Lisa 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 […]

Publishing know-how: 10 tips for interview success

Publishing know-how: 10 tips for interview success

Helen Youngs is a Consultant at Inspired Selection, focusing on roles in Trade publishing across digital and print. She is a vivacious bibliophile with a love of the arts and sunny people.  She is also a Publishing Ambassador for a wonderful charity called Book Aid International. Interviews are very important, not only in making a good […]

Top 5 skills you need to survive a career in domestic rights

Top 5 skills you need to survive a career in domestic rights

Jenna Brown is Rights Executive at Bloomsbury Publishing where she handles domestic rights. She’s also currently writing a young adult novel (all queries welcome!) 1) Organisation Failing to plan is planning to fail! In rights, there’s so much going on, if you’re not properly organised you’ll soon end up cowering under your desk, drinking a bottle […]

Top 5 skills an Editorial Assistant needs

Top 5 skills an Editorial Assistant needs

Zoe Sharples is Temporary General Editorial Assistant at Vintage Books, and a student on the UCL MA in Publishing. She has recently completed internships with The Publishers Association and Granta & Portobello Books. She is an Editorial Committee member of the Society of Young Publishers.  1) Communication Forget about those hard skills like Biblio, Adobe […]

Marketing tips for improving the bottom line (in the wake of the EU referendum)

Marketing tips for improving the bottom line (in the wake of the EU referendum)

I don’t know about you, but I found the article in The Independent about job vacancy adverts falling by 700,000 the week after the referendum result absolutely terrifying, though not entirely unexpected. As companies spend the coming months evaluating the long-term implications of the UK leaving the EU, there will undoubtedly be increasing pressure on […]