A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

It’s London Book Fair! A daunting prospect for rookies starting out… Bookollective co-founder Esther Harris remembers Day 1 of her first Fair as a new writer. 7:00 a.m.: Carefully lay out my LBF wardrobe: distressed jeans, heels and blazer. I’m-too-cool to-pitch-however-if-you-happen-to-be-the-editor-of my-dreams-vibe? Check. Hot stationery? Check. Copy of MS (just in case)? Check. 8:00 a.m.: […]

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 […]

What can publishers learn from the Women’s March London?

What can publishers learn from the Women’s March London?

On 21st January 2017, I made the journey to London, met with my youngest sister and some friends and we marched from Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square along with an estimated 100,000 others. We were there because, the day before, a man who had boasted about sexually assaulting women, who is endorsed by the KKK […]

Ditch your resolutions

Ditch your resolutions

January 17th is a day that divides the world into two groups: people who accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions and people who don’t. It’s National Ditch Your Resolutions Day, and as an avid goal-maker and to-do list lover, I whole heartedly support it. Two weeks in to a new diet, exercise regime, or career plan is usually […]

Realities of publishing which I find hard to imagine

Realities of publishing which I find hard to imagine

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, including books specially chosen for children with additional needs. There was recently an article about things that used to be part of a publisher’s day which millennials may find hard to imagine. As a […]

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Let’s face it, 2016 has been one heck of a year. We’ve had Brexit; Trump; the Zika virus; nuclear and missile tests from North Korea; terrorist attacks in Brussels, Lahore and Istanbul, to name a few; plane crashes; global CO2 levels exceeding 400ppm; plus that creepily increasing list of celebrity deaths – and scarily enough, […]

Progress your publishing career [tips for newbies]

Progress your publishing career [tips for newbies]

Louise Newton is an Audio Assistant at Little, Brown Book Group, working on fiction and non-fiction titles for imprints such as Virago and Sphere. This year Louise has been Head of Events/PR for the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and worked closely with the events team on organising the SYP’s sold-out conference How to make […]

The role of the print book in an increasingly online world

The role of the print book in an increasingly online world

Back in 2010, working at a scholarly publisher, I had a bet with our Production Director that half our revenue would be digital by the end of 2013. I lost. (We weren’t too far off, in my defence – scholarly publishers generally migrated their library revenues to digital faster and more fully than trade publishers […]

10 reasons why being an editor sucks

10 reasons why being an editor sucks

I have some time on my hands because a couple of projects have gone sideways: they’re almost finished but for one reason or another the schedule has gone for a burton. So what’s a girl to do but put things into perspective? Here’s why being an editor sucks: 1) You get to work on some […]

Seth Godin’s three charges against publishers

Seth Godin’s three charges against publishers

“As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers, so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.” – Cyril Connolly Publisher-bashing is a popular sport, particularly for authors. Always has been. We shouldn’t feel too special: we’re in good company along with lawyers, journalists, traffic wardens, estate agents and used-car salesmen as […]