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Commentary: 'Galloping imposter syndrome' 8 February 2016

‘Like a lot of authors I have galloping imposter syndrome: as far as I'm concerned I have cunningly infiltrated the writing community. With each book that gets published I have this dread fear that I'm going to be found out. Certainly when The Lie Tree was published, I thought: ‘This time they'...

Whats new: 18 January 2016 - What's new 18 January 2016
  • 'It's a slightly demanding read, but Mike Shatzkin's latest post on The Shatzkin Files is essential reading if you want to understand the contemporary bookselling scene and how it is increasingly controlled and shaped by the huge conglomerates which dominate the web...' This week's...

American popular history is a "male preserve", according to new research from the US online journal Slate, with three-quarters of works published last year written by men - and history experts believe the playing field is just as "heavily gendered" in the UK.

I'd like to talk briefly about uHlanga, which started as a magazine but is now a fully functioning small press.

The transition of books to the big screen is nothing new to our society. Just as 2015 saw the release of book-based hits such as The Martian and Fifty Shades of Grey, so 2016 will continue the pattern, with films like The Fifth Wave and 13 Hours hitting theaters this month. Books have become...

News Review: A sobering story 18 January 2016

It's a slightly demanding read, but Mike Shatzkin's latest post on The Shatzkin Files is essential reading if you want to understand the contemporary bookselling scene and how it is increasingly controlled and shaped by the huge conglomerates which dominate the web.

Book publishing has always adapted to an environment shaped by larger forces. That hasn't changed.

The bestseller lists in the UK this past Christmas concealed a curious story, one that raises interesting questions about who "owns" ideas and who - if anyone - copied whom. It's a saga that some see as a David and Goliath tale of the big bad conglomerate allegedly ripping off the plucky...

Philip Pullman has joined in the debate over author earnings, saying writers could soon be "an endangered species" if publishers fail to deliver on fairer terms.

Commentary: 'The steamroller to the ant' 18 January 2016

‘From our positions as individual creators, whether of fiction or non-fiction, we authors see a landscape occupied by several large interests, some of them gathering profits in the billions, some of them displaying a questionable attitude to paying tax, some of them colonising the internet with...

Whats new: 11 January 2016 - What's new 11 January 2016
  • 'Getting published is a major preoccupation for many writers. How do you get an agent? How do you self-publish? And how do you decide which to do - and when to give up on agents and go for self-publishing? These are the questions which reverberate around writers' heads.

If Harry Potter and Huckleberry Finn were each to represent British versus American children's literature, a curious dynamic would emerge: In a literary duel for the hearts and minds of children, one is a wizard-in-training at a boarding school in the Scottish Highlands, while the other is a...

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