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The June Magazine has a great set of links to the news stories of the week, together with the News Review and Comment columns added in June.


Direct to consumer" is not about selling books through your Web site.

Among the many challenges book cover designers face is trying to represent a book's premise or main character without getting so specific that readers are left with little to imagine. A few years ago, the headless woman was one of the most commonplace sights on bookstore shelves (if the lack of...

A year and a half later, I opened my 40th rejection: "There is no market for this kind of tiring writing." That one finally made me cry. "You have so much resolve, Kathryn," a friend said to me. "How do you keep yourself from feeling like this has been just a huge waste of your time?"

When you compare the online traffic of a news website against that of a publisher's website, who do you think gets the most visitors? Think the New York Times or Fox News versus HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster. To almost no one's surprise, it's not even close: the news sites...

The controversial fourth book in The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series has been released today with intrigue, secrecy and with a viking curse to add to the thriller.

For months, a group of writers calling themselves Authors United have campaigned, mostly unsuccessfully, against the business practices of

Commentary: 'Give in to your obsession' 29 August 2015

‘By rejection number 45, I was truly neurotic. It was all I could think about-revising the book, making it better, getting an agent, getting it published. I insisted on rewriting the last chapter an hour before I was due at the hospital to give birth to my daughter. I would not go to the...

News Review: End of an era as Authonomy bites the dust 24 August 2015

It's sad to see the end of Authonomy, which HarperCollins UK has decided to close at the end of September. The first of the author submission sites, it worked through peer review in that submissions were ranked by users and the best-ranked were considered for publication by HarperCollins.

Whats new: 24 August 2015 - What's new 24 August 2015
  • Have you translated your work into English? Or do you have a translation that someone else has done? Now you need to make sure it's good enough to publish, or send to a publisher. If you need help to get your work into perfect condition, our new service,...

I'm only seconds into a digital copy of T.S. Eliot's famous ode to adolescence, The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock, when my ears prickle uncomfortably. As I read-"Let us go then, you and I, / When the evening is spread out against the sky, / Like a patient etherised upon a table"-a soft rock...

Change leads to anxiety, and there has been a lot of change in publishing in recent years. There is one trend, though, that is striking more fears in publishers' minds than any other. And that is the fear of data.

In his call for Your five-minute manifesto for FutureBook, The Bookseller editor Philip Jones wrote that part of the planning of our FutureBook Conference this year (4th December at The Mermaid) is "to take this recent history of the book business and reflect on the job still to do." To that end...

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