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Whats new: 16 September 2019 - What's new 16 September 2019
  • ‘Sometimes I feel like I talk about these things too dramatically. I'm sure some writers might read this and go, "For f*** sake you just published a book. Get over yourself." But you have to understand - before, there was none of it, then everything changed... It's changed my life, and...
Link: Tracy Chevalier Is Threading the Past 16 September 2019

Tracy Chevalier has earned a place of distinction among historical fiction writers for her beautifully imagined, meticulously detailed novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring (1997), The Lady and the Unicorn (2003), and The Last Runaway (2013). Her latest novel, A Single Thread (Viking, Oct...

In the mid 1990s, the headquarters of Bantam Doubleday Dell publishers resembled a space-ship docked on a dark star. As a new editorial assistant, drowning in manuscripts, I'd come in weekends to catch up on submissions. The low intergalactic air conditioner hum made it a great place to read.

Link: Questions for: Kate Wilson 16 September 2019

Describe your current job in one sentence.

I am the managing director and a founder of Nosy Crow, an independent, multi-award-winning publisher for children aged 0-12.

Link: DIY: How to Avoid Self-Publishing Scams 16 September 2019

The booming growth of self-publishing has been great news for authors as well as providers of all variety of self-publishing services, including editing, designing, and consulting. But as services have proliferated, promising all variety of benefits and recipes for boosting sales, it's more...

Link: Books Won’t Die 16 September 2019

Increasingly, people of the book are also people of the cloud. At the Codex Hackathon, a convention whose participants spend a frenetic weekend designing electronic reading tools, I watch developers line up onstage to pitch book-related projects to potential collaborators and funders.

Sleepless in Seattle, the starry-eyed, bi-coastal love story written and directed by Nora Ephron in 1993, is a strange bird. It's the story of two people who have never met but who are destined to fall in love-finally drawn together, cross-continentally, by a collection of disparate forces, some...

One day not long ago in a college class I was teaching, some of my students couldn't find the page I was talking about in the reading. And it dawned on me: There was only one required text in the class, an anthology of writing about the natural world called "American Earth." And they were...

Matt Haig, Danez Smith, Ayòbámi Adébáyò and other writers on staying focused and their top tips for switching off

Commentary: When your first book is a bestseller 17 September 2019

‘Sometimes I feel like I talk about these things too dramatically. I'm sure some writers might read this and go, "For f*** sake you just published a book. Get over yourself." But you have to understand - before, there was none of it, then everything changed...

It's changed my life, and...

Whats new: 9 September 2019 - What's new 9 September 2019
  • 'I put my whole soul into this book, but I didn't allow myself to hope that it would lead to anything. In fact I firmly hedged my bets against it having any success at all, because it would have been too painful to hope and then be disappointed.

In 1965 the eminent American science-fiction writer John W Campbell wrote an essay titled The Barbarians Within. In it, he recommended that "the barbarian" - and it was clear he meant African Americans - be injected with cocaine and heroin in order to be kept under control. It was a plan that,...

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