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It's not the first time an author has ‘written' from beyond the grave (Virginia Andrews and Robert Ludlum come to mind) but the just-announced news that, 11 years on, a fourth book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy will be published still strikes a cynical note.

The median advance for traditionally published authors is "well under £6,600", according to early findings of a survey into authors' attitudes towards their publisher. The survey also found that bigger publishers pay more.

The Edinburgh-based writer took to social media yesterday (mon) to describe some of the rude snubs she received from the industry as she began her career, and then turned her attentions, initially anonymously as Galbraith, to crime novels.

Writing on Twitter, Rowling revealed one...

Sarah Ardizzone is one of the most respected translators working in English and French, who easily transitions between children's and adult literature.

Rights departments at publishing companies face a tough question every day: how can we accomplish more in less time? What can we automate in a business so dependent on face-to-face meetings and personal relationships? Last Friday,...

The cherished French children’s book author and editor of hundreds of books Grégoire Solotareff offers his tips for creating books for very young readers.

A century or so after The Iliad was written, the authors of the Book of Samuel also turned to the lexicon of family to depict the legendary bond between David and Jonathan. Their affinity is measured not just through comparisons with blood allegiances, but against them: David's survival hangs on...

Commentary: Writing for stage and screen 28 March 2015

My belief is that it's all about story and that's not shared by other writers necessarily. Story is the best vehicle to understand anything and that's what makes human beings unique. We make sense of the world by telling stories. I've become firmly of the belief that plotting and the narrative...

Whats new: 23 March 2015 - What's new 23 March 2015
  • Our update this week has a Granta magazine open submission, News Review on author brands and why they matter, and the inimitable Mike Shatzkin on Amazon, friend or foe?
  • Karen Joy Fowler in this week's...
News Review: The author as a brand 23 March 2015

Karen Joy Fowler in this week's Comment makes a totally fair point about the importance of enjoying your writing, and what makes some writers happy is writing a different kind of...

Commentary: 'The smart way to build a literary career' 22 March 2015

‘I have many feelings about literary awards and they are all tangled together. In general, I like them. I am often pleased, but occasionally outraged, by a particular choice. It's a thoroughly pleasurable kind of outrage though, because the conversation is all about books and takes place among...

"It's important to understand we are creating a radically new ebook distribution platform. It's a new way of thinking. Our philosophy is ‘radical simplicity': we deliver all books, to all people, all the time, you can download online and offline, and keep them on the device forever, it's raining...

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