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August 2018

August 2018

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Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

Writing Tips for Indie Authors 2

Gutenberg's Revenge

What's Going On With CreateSpace and KDP Print? [Updated] - The Book Designer

Writing Advice from Laini Taylor

Ask Polly: ‘Should I Quit My Day Job to Write a Book?'

Nine Lives Joins List of Ursula K. Le Guin Film Adaptations

How to Blog a Book of Poetry - How to Blog a Book

Author Richard Russo Warns of Tech Giants' Move Into Content for Writers

Everyone Needs an Editor

Beijing's inaugural kids' stream to address fast-growing sector | The Bookseller

What is the Best Service for Print on Demand Books? • The Reedsy Blog

New Report: American Teens Spend Less Time Reading

Ray Bradbury's Greatest Writing Advice | Literary Hub

From Chester Himes to Judy Blume, 10 Writers and Their Cats | Literary Hub

How Traditionally Published Authors Can Repackage and Self-Publish Their Backlist | Jane Friedman

'Elitist': angry book pirates hit back after author campaign sinks website | Books | The Guardian

Ebooks: How digital publishers are 'shaking up' the industry - BBC News

Authors Guild Closes Ranks With Press on First Amendment Freedoms

Publishers Association: How Rights Sales Factor Into the UK's Industry Revenues

How Poetry Came to Matter Again

The Guardian view on VS Naipaul: a complicated man and a complicated legacy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Elizabeth Hardwick on Eight Icons of American Letters | Book Marks

What Authors and Editors Wish They Could Say to One Another

Six Great Blogs for Indie Authors

Serial Box creates books for the age of Peak TV - Vox

Agent Danielle Smith's Former Clients Speak Out

How Writing a Short Story Collection is Like Starting a Zoo | Literary Hub

Writers' groups reveal increasing demand for hardship grants | The Bookseller

Vanity and The Media | David Gaughran

How do I get my book published? You asked Google - here's the answer | Katy Guest | Opinion | The Guardian

No, you probably don't have a book in you | The Outline

Imaginary History: PW Talks With George R.R. Martin

Publishing Industry Scams Are Evolving For The Self-Publishing Age

Do Great Writers Really Steal? On Plagiarism and Publishing | Literary Hub

At PRH, Producing a Publishing Powerhouse

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Is a Boon for Some Authors - The Atlantic

Desert

50 Years Ago, Kingsley Amis Had a Midlife Crisis and Turned to James Bond for Help - The Millions

British publishing breaks revenue records but textbook sales are hit | The Bookseller

Book sales boom but authors report shrinking incomes | Books | The Guardian

Reading books is on the decline

How to Create Your Best Blogging Year - How to Blog a Book

How to Write for Children and the Writer's Responsibility to All Readers - Brain Pickings

How to Self-Publish a Poetry Book - 10 Steps | Blurb Blog

How young writers are leading a poetry comeback | PBS NewsHour

Academic publishing is broken. Here's how to redesign it

Author Income Surveys Are Misleading and Flawed-And Focus on the Wrong Message for Writers | Jane Friedman

Films based on books take 44% more at the box office | The Bookseller

Sharp Objects writer Gillian Flynn on why she wants to show recognisable women - BBC News

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing - The Millions

Print Unit Sales Rose 2% in First Half of 2018

The Changing Face of Romance Novels - The New York Times

Changing Genres | Samantha Tonge

Why is publishing suddenly obsessed with "rebel" women?

Payments to authors: advances and discount clauses

Writers and publishers trade blows over plummeting author pay levels | Books | The Guardian

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our latest new services, Translation editing and the Writer's edit. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-08

July 2018

July 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

How do I get my book published? You asked Google - here's the answer | Katy Guest | Opinion | The Guardian

No, you probably don't have a book in you | The Outline

Imaginary History: PW Talks With George R.R. Martin

Publishing Industry Scams Are Evolving For The Self-Publishing Age

Do Great Writers Really Steal? On Plagiarism and Publishing | Literary Hub

At PRH, Producing a Publishing Powerhouse

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Is a Boon for Some Authors - The Atlantic

50 Years Ago, Kingsley Amis Had a Midlife Crisis and Turned to James Bond for Help - The Millions

British publishing breaks revenue records but textbook sales are hit | The Bookseller

Book sales boom but authors report shrinking incomes | Books | The Guardian

Reading books is on the decline

How to Create Your Best Blogging Year - How to Blog a Book

How to Write for Children and the Writer's Responsibility to All Readers - Brain Pickings

How to Self-Publish a Poetry Book - 10 Steps | Blurb Blog

How young writers are leading a poetry comeback | PBS NewsHour

Academic publishing is broken. Here's how to redesign it

Author Income Surveys Are Misleading and Flawed-And Focus on the Wrong Message for Writers | Jane Friedman

Films based on books take 44% more at the box office | The Bookseller

Sharp Objects writer Gillian Flynn on why she wants to show recognisable women - BBC News

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing - The Millions

Print Unit Sales Rose 2% in First Half of 2018

The Changing Face of Romance Novels - The New York Times

Changing Genres | Samantha Tonge

Why is publishing suddenly obsessed with "rebel" women?

Payments to authors: advances and discount clauses

Writers and publishers trade blows over plummeting author pay levels | Books | The Guardian

Ask the Editor: Writing Dialogue

C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, & Edmund Wilson on The Lord of the Rings | Book Marks

Australian author goes from editing porn to publishing sensation

Authors' fury at website offering free book downloads | The Bookseller

The Man Booker at 50: flawed - but still the best way to judge our literature | Books | The Guardian

Kenyan writer Onjerika scoops £10,000 Caine Prize | The Bookseller

Brain function

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author - M. Shannon Hernandez

‘It is like being on psychedelic drugs': Benjamin Myers on the strange world of literary prizes | Books | The Guardian

ALCS survey finds 15% drop in average author earnings since 2013 | The Bookseller

Publishers are paying writers a pittance, say bestselling authors | Books | The Guardian

Neuroscience research shows audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than film or TV | The Bookseller

Drawn from life: why have novelists stopped making things up? | Books | The Guardian

The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here's Why

Future of books brighter in India than most parts of world: Publisher David Davidar - Times of India

Essential Writing Advice from Virginia Woolf | Literary Hub

Oxford English Dictionary hunts for regional words | The Bookseller

Stephen King: Master of Almost All the Genres Except "Literary" | Literary Hub

AuthorEarnings Debunks Industry Lies Surrounding SciFi, Fantasy

Words-to-be-read are losing ground to words-to-be-heard, a new stage of digital content evolution | The Idea Logical Company

Dana Schwartz: Writing a Book Did Not Change My Life | Literary Hub

Carnegie medal winner slams children's book publishers for ‘accessible' prose | Books | The Guardian

Vida report: 'Dangerous lens' of male bias remains in literary criticism | The Bookseller

An Exclusive New Column Series: Richard Charkin on the Vocabulary of Publishing

Audio is publishing's new star as sales soar across genres | UK news | The Guardian

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our latest new services, Translation editing and the Writer's edit. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-07

June 2018

June 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author - M. Shannon Hernandez

‘It is like being on psychedelic drugs': Benjamin Myers on the strange world of literary prizes | Books | The Guardian

ALCS survey finds 15% drop in average author earnings since 2013 | The Bookseller

Publishers are paying writers a pittance, say bestselling authors | Books | The Guardian

Neuroscience research shows audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than film or TV | The Bookseller

Drawn from life: why have novelists stopped making things up? | Books | The Guardian

The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here's Why

Future of books brighter in India than most parts of world: Publisher David Davidar - Times of India

Essential Writing Advice from Virginia Woolf | Literary Hub

Oxford English Dictionary hunts for regional words | The Bookseller

Stephen King: Master of Almost All the Genres Except "Literary" | Literary Hub

AuthorEarnings Debunks Industry Lies Surrounding SciFi, Fantasy

Words-to-be-read are losing ground to words-to-be-heard, a new stage of digital content evolution | The Idea Logical Company

Dana Schwartz: Writing a Book Did Not Change My Life | Literary Hub

Carnegie medal winner slams children's book publishers for ‘accessible' prose | Books | The Guardian

Vida report: 'Dangerous lens' of male bias remains in literary criticism | The Bookseller

Image

An Exclusive New Column Series: Richard Charkin on the Vocabulary of Publishing

Audio is publishing's new star as sales soar across genres | UK news | The Guardian

Listen carefully, book lovers - top authors are skipping print | GulfNews.co

Business Musings: What It Feels Like To Have An Agent - Kristine Kathryn

Restructuring your novel - Phoebe Morgan

At BookExpo, a Look at Copyright Issues: 'It's the Author Who Suffers'

First novel inspired by CIA's Doctor Zhivago plan nets $2m book deal | Books | The Guardian

Authors, Don't Be Taken in by the Blockchain/Bitcoin Hype | The Digital Reader

Salt saved from debt after supporters rally to buy 'just one book' | The Bookseller

Who Will Buy Your Book? - The Millions

Starting Later & Starting Over: Launching a Writing Career When You're No Longer "Young" | Jane Friedman

Banker launches publishing start-up offering novelists £24k salary | The Bookseller

Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur': NPR

The Power of Free: How to Sell More E-Books

Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? | Alison Flood | Books | The Guardian

Authors reach out to schools via penpal scheme | The Bookseller

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? : NPR Ed : NPR

Fact or friction: the problem with factchecking in the book world | Books | The Guardian

Ask the Editor: Finding an Agent

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85 - The New York Times

What Every Indie Author Needs to Know About E-Books

Traditional publishers' ebook sales drop as indie authors and Amazon take off - GeekWire

Writing Advice from Ann Packer

Authors Are Taking Friendly Fire in Amazon's War on Fake Reviews | The Digital Reader

Drawing subscribers to your book-related newsletter: 7 insider tips | The Bookseller

A Brief History of Seven-Figure Book Advances | Literary Hub

Rants and Revelations : Avoiding the Pitfalls of Publishing With Amazon Kindle Self-Publishing Platform: Authorlink

How Amazon enabled my dream career

Tom Wolfe and the bonfire of male literary reputations | Emma Brockes | Opinion | The Guardian

5 questions aspiring authors should ask themselves now | The Bookseller

Sarah Perry on her struggle to become a writer: ‘I was poor and getting poorer' | Books | The Guardian

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-06

May 2018

May 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

Who Will Buy Your Book? - The Millions

Starting Later & Starting Over: Launching a Writing Career When You're No Longer "Young" | Jane Friedman

Banker launches publishing start-up offering novelists £24k salary | The Bookseller

Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur': NPR

The Power of Free: How to Sell More E-Books

Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? | Alison Flood | Books | The Guardian

Authors reach out to schools via penpal scheme | The Bookseller

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? : NPR Ed : NPR

Fact or friction: the problem with factchecking in the book world | Books | The Guardian

Ask the Editor: Finding an Agent

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85 - The New York Times

What Every Indie Author Needs to Know About E-Books

Traditional publishers' ebook sales drop as indie authors and Amazon take off - GeekWire

Writing Advice from Ann Packer

Authors Are Taking Friendly Fire in Amazon's War on Fake Reviews | The Digital Reader

Drawing subscribers to your book-related newsletter: 7 insider tips | The Bookseller

A Brief History of Seven-Figure Book Advances | Literary Hub

Rants and Revelations : Avoiding the Pitfalls of Publishing With Amazon Kindle Self-Publishing Platform: Authorlink

How Amazon enabled my dream career

Tom Wolfe, 88, ‘New Journalist' With Electric Style and Acid Pen, Dies - The New York Times

Tom Wolfe and the bonfire of male literary reputations | Emma Brockes | Opinion | The Guardian

Jojo Moyes steps in to save Quick Reads from closure | The Bookseller

5 questions aspiring authors should ask themselves now | The Bookseller

Sarah Perry on her struggle to become a writer: ‘I was poor and getting poorer' | Books | The Guardian

Children's book sales, home and away

Boats at sea

How to Become a Bestseller with Money, Luck, or Work (Mostly Work) | Jane Friedman

Writers as readers, publishers as curators

Take it from me: never judge a book by the blurb on its cover | Emma Brockes | Opinion | The Guardian

Jojo Moyes: modern dating is a 'road of misery' - BBC News

An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin 'Poet Voice' - Atlas Obscura

Opinion - Publishing Monday, 23 April 2018

Publishing startups have the tech - what they need is the stories | The Bookseller

What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

Let's silence the creative writing course snobs | Books | The Guardian

Hanya Yanagihara: influential magazine editor by day, best-selling author by night | Books | The Guardian

Want to earn more as a book author? A male name will help

The age of Amazon: a closeup examination of Bezos's behemoth | Technology | The Guardian

The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead | Books | The Guardian

No mystery crime is the biggest-selling genre in books | Sophie Hannah | Books | The Guardian

Why more authors are going audio-only - BBC News

With Fewer Debut Novels Selling, What Do Editors Want To Tell Authors?

After Dozens of Rejections, It Only Takes One Acceptance to Make a Writer | Literary Hub

British Book Publishers Fear Brexit Will Bring a U.S. Invasion - The New York Times

Same old story or a new chapter? The London Book Fair 2018 and what lies ahead for the UK's publishing industry as Brexit draws closer | City A.M

The poets' home: how one small, heroic publisher shaped modern poetry

The thriller writers who are making a killing with crime fiction - BBC News

How Self-Publishing Made Today's Small Independent Presses Possible

London Book Fair 2018: Publishing in the 'Mid-Digital' Age

Indie Authors Talk Editors

On the Rise - and Cost - of the African Novel in English | Literary Hub

There's no female conspiracy in publishing - your book might just not be good | Lauren Spieller | Books | The Guardian

The Billion-Dollar Romance Fiction Industry Has A Diversity Problem : NPR

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-05

April 2018

April 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

5 questions aspiring authors should ask themselves now | The Bookseller

Sarah Perry on her struggle to become a writer: ‘I was poor and getting poorer' | Books | The Guardian

Children's book sales, home and away

How to Become a Bestseller with Money, Luck, or Work (Mostly Work) | Jane Friedman

Writers as readers, publishers as curators

Take it from me: never judge a book by the blurb on its cover | Emma Brockes | Opinion | The Guardian

Jojo Moyes: modern dating is a 'road of misery' - BBC News

An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin 'Poet Voice' - Atlas Obscura

Opinion - Publishing Monday, 23 April 2018

Publishing startups have the tech - what they need is the stories | The Bookseller

What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

Let's silence the creative writing course snobs | Books | The Guardian

Hanya Yanagihara: influential magazine editor by day, best-selling author by night | Books | The Guardian

Want to earn more as a book author? A male name will help

The age of Amazon: a closeup examination of Bezos's behemoth | Technology | The Guardian

The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead | Books | The Guardian

No mystery crime is the biggest-selling genre in books | Sophie Hannah | Books | The Guardian

Why more authors are going audio-only - BBC News

With Fewer Debut Novels Selling, What Do Editors Want To Tell Authors?

After Dozens of Rejections, It Only Takes One Acceptance to Make a Writer | Literary Hub

British Book Publishers Fear Brexit Will Bring a U.S. Invasion - The New York Times

Same old story or a new chapter? The London Book Fair 2018 and what lies ahead for the UK's publishing industry as Brexit draws closer | City A.M

The poets' home: how one small, heroic publisher shaped modern poetry

Front door

The thriller writers who are making a killing with crime fiction - BBC News

How Self-Publishing Made Today's Small Independent Presses Possible

London Book Fair 2018: Publishing in the 'Mid-Digital' Age

Indie Authors Talk Editors

On the Rise - and Cost - of the African Novel in English | Literary Hub

There's no female conspiracy in publishing - your book might just not be good | Lauren Spieller | Books | The Guardian

The Billion-Dollar Romance Fiction Industry Has A Diversity Problem : NPR

10 Literary Diss Tracks | Literary Hub

The Year in Trump Novel Pitches: An Agent's Lament | Literary Hub

No Sympathy for Amazon | The New Republic

Going off Grid

European Children's Bookstore Conference: Internet-Generation Readers

Jay Bernard's ‘personal and brave' poetry wins Ted Hughes award | Books | The Guardian

The Writers' Roundtable: Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Writing: the dream verses the reality

Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment - The New York Times

Top authors make mass call on Man Booker to drop American writers | Books | The Guardian

Bonnier's Five Mile bombshell fails to derail buoyant Bologna | The Bookseller

What I Earned (and How) During My First Year of Full-Time Freelancing | Jane Friedman

On Writing the Comics - and Queer Characters - We Need | Literary Hub

A free anthology collects stories from 2017's new sci-fi and fantasy writers - The Verge

Will Self: ‘The novel is absolutely doomed' | Books | The Guardian

Authors hit back at Self's claim 'the novel is doomed' | The Bookseller

How Self-Publishing Is Diversifying The Book World | Thrive Global

Gone Girl's gone, hello Eleanor Oliphant: why we're all reading 'up lit' | Books | The Guardian

3 Easy Cuts To Make When You Start Editing | Allison Maruska

Romance so white? Publishers grapple with race issues amid author protests | Books | The Guardian

Getting into writing - an interview with Jo Simmonds, editor of The Fiction Pool | Zeroflash

Deferred gratification is dead? Tell that to fans of serialised novels | Stephanie Merritt | Opinion | The Guardian

Complete fiction: why 'the short story renaissance' is a myth | Books | The Guardian

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-04

March 2018

March 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

Writing: the dream verses the reality

Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment - The New York Times

Top authors make mass call on Man Booker to drop American writers | Books | The Guardian

Bonnier's Five Mile bombshell fails to derail buoyant Bologna | The Bookseller

What I Earned (and How) During My First Year of Full-Time Freelancing | Jane Friedman

On Writing the Comics - and Queer Characters - We Need | Literary Hub

A free anthology collects stories from 2017's new sci-fi and fantasy writers - The Verge

Will Self: ‘The novel is absolutely doomed' | Books | The Guardian

Authors hit back at Self's claim 'the novel is doomed' | The Bookseller

How Self-Publishing Is Diversifying The Book World | Thrive Global

Gone Girl's gone, hello Eleanor Oliphant: why we're all reading 'up lit' | Books | The Guardian

3 Easy Cuts To Make When You Start Editing | Allison Maruska

Romance so white? Publishers grapple with race issues amid author protests | Books | The Guardian

Getting into writing - an interview with Jo Simmonds, editor of The Fiction Pool | Zeroflash

Deferred gratification is dead? Tell that to fans of serialised novels | Stephanie Merritt | Opinion | The Guardian

Complete fiction: why 'the short story renaissance' is a myth | Books | The Guardian

When Do You Need an Agent? A Novelist Reveals All

How to Build an Author Platform Through Email Lists

The books world is sexist - and a one day promotion isn't enough to fix it | Books | The Guardian

Up in smoke: should an author's dying wishes be obeyed? | Books | The Guardian

Butterfly

The Manchester-based author who's won a life-changing $165k book prize - BBC News

Celebrity book clubs: Reese Witherspoon and Emma Roberts are changing the game | EW.com

Tall, dark, and handsome --- but not too dark, ok? » MobyLives

8 Writing Tips from Jeff VanderMeer - Chicago Review of Books

Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks? | Books | The Guardian

SoA challenges publishers to reveal how much they pay authors | The Bookseller

Philip Pullman calls for authors to get fairer share of publisher profits | Books | The Guardian

Gillian Flynn: "Dread Is Probably My Favorite Emotion" | Chicago magazine | March 2018

How to Evaluate Self-Publishing Service Providers

Writing Advice from T.C. Boyle

Canadian Educators Sue Copyright Organization

20 Literary Adaptations Disavowed by Their Original Authors | Literary Hub

DIY: Essential Elements of an Author Website

Does it matter if authors make up their memoirs? | Books | The Guardian

Fifteen Poets on Revision - The Millions

Keira Drake on ‘The Continent' and Its Twitter Backlash

Lionel Shriver says 'politically correct censorship' is damaging fiction | Books | The Guardian

The Big Five Publishers and the Nutri-Matic Drink Dispenser

Ebooks are not 'stupid' - they're a revolution | Books | The Guardian

Publishing's remarkable resilience is amazing: Hachette UK's David Shelley - Livemint

4 Affordable Ways to Master Book Marketing | Jane Friedman

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-03

February 2018

February 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

20 Literary Adaptations Disavowed by Their Original Authors | Literary Hub

DIY: Essential Elements of an Author Website

Does it matter if authors make up their memoirs? | Books | The Guardian

Fifteen Poets on Revision - The Millions

Keira Drake on ‘The Continent' and Its Twitter Backlash

Lionel Shriver says 'politically correct censorship' is damaging fiction | Books | The Guardian

The Big Five Publishers and the Nutri-Matic Drink Dispenser

Ebooks are not 'stupid' - they're a revolution | Books | The Guardian

Publishing's remarkable resilience is amazing: Hachette UK's David Shelley - Livemint

4 Affordable Ways to Master Book Marketing | Jane Friedman

25 Legendary Literary Feuds, Ranked | Literary Hub

How can we help more authors reach more readers? | The Bookseller

‘I believe in the future of literary fiction' - OPINION - The Hindu

Where are romance novels headed given the current state of women's issues? - Chicago Tribune

Why I'll Never Stop Reading "Junk" Fiction | Literary Hub

Great Advice From 25 Writing Manuals by Famous Authors | Literary Hub

A prize for thrillers with no violence against women? That's not progressive | Books | The Guardian

George Orwell Creates a List of the Four Essential Reasons Writers Write | Open Culture

Publishers call on Man Booker prize to drop American authors | Books | The Guardian

Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare's Plays - The New York Times

13 Writers Who Grew to Hate Their Own Books | Literary Hub

For prisoners like me, books are a lifeline. Don't cut it | Opinion | The Guardian

My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin

A life in quotes: Ursula K Le Guin

Boats at sea

Indie Authors and the Value of Free Content

Poetry world split over polemic attacking 'amateur' work by 'young female poets'

What Are You Even For?

Women write literary fiction's big hitters. So where are their prizes?

The Novelist's Complicity

These authors risk the wrath of readers to keep book franchises alive

TS Eliot prize goes to Ocean Vuong's 'compellingly assured' debut collection

Jonny Geller: the future of books

WikiLeaks shared the full ‘Fire and Fury' book online. Here's why that may be a problem

Ten Tips for Autopilot E-book Marketing

2018 Book Publishing Predictions - Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence?

Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers' tips on writing

'Fire and Fury': Anatomy of a Bombshell

If It Wasn't For My Corporate Office Job, I Couldn't Be a Novelist

The Rise and Fall of the Blog

Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing

The Most-Rejected Books of All Time

Writing History

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-02

January 2018

January 2018

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin

A life in quotes: Ursula K Le Guin

Indie Authors and the Value of Free Content

Poetry world split over polemic attacking 'amateur' work by 'young female poets'

What Are You Even For?

Women write literary fiction's big hitters. So where are their prizes?

The Novelist's Complicity

These authors risk the wrath of readers to keep book franchises alive

TS Eliot prize goes to Ocean Vuong's 'compellingly assured' debut collection

Jonny Geller: the future of books

WikiLeaks shared the full ‘Fire and Fury' book online. Here's why that may be a problem

Ten Tips for Autopilot E-book Marketing

2018 Book Publishing Predictions - Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence?

Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers' tips on writing

'Fire and Fury': Anatomy of a Bombshell

If It Wasn't For My Corporate Office Job, I Couldn't Be a Novelist

The Rise and Fall of the Blog

Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing

The Most-Rejected Books of All Time

Writing History

10 indie publishing predictions for 2018

Sue Grafton Was a Master at Subverting the Detective Novel

Brexit will usher in a dark chapter for new British authors, warns publisher

Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World

Umbrellas

Why should we subsidise writers who have lost the plot?

Stability in the book marketplace does not mean commercial publishers continue to maintain their share

Literary fiction is in crisis. A new chapter of funding authors must begin

Literary fiction under threat, ACE report concludes

How Bookcase Literary Agency Sells Self-Published Authors' Rights to Editors

Why HarperCollins India is pushing hard to sign up the biggest names in Indian commercial fiction

Cat Person is 'mundane', Austen is 'dross': why do so many men hate female writing?

Best books of 2017: the hits and misses of the publishers' year

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FIRST DRAFT TO YOUR NOVEL?

The Right Writing Routine

WILLIAM H. GASS'S ADVICE FOR WRITERS: "YOU HAVE TO BE GRIMLY DETERMINED."

Breaking down the barriers - a new chapter in publishing

URSULA K. LE GUIN: WHO CARES ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL?

How We Eclipse Women's Literary Brilliance With 'Scandal'

Louise Erdrich, Great American Novelist, Is Just Getting Started

'He began to eat Hermione's family': bot tries to write Harry Potter book - and fails in magic ways

Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?)

Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds

The Year in Best-Sellers

On Rape Culture in Crime Fiction

An Author Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words

6 Things About Self-Publishing You Will Be Tempted To Overlook, But Shouldn't

The Myth of the Lazy Writer

Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?)

Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds

6 Things About Self-Publishing You Will Be Tempted To Overlook, But Shouldn't

Why All Self-Publishers Need a Good Editor

Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say?

Let's Talk About Sex: Romance Publishing

The One Thing You Can Do TODAY to Get Your Book Written This Year

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing Tips for Indie Authors

The Politics of Print & Why We Need It | HuffPost

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2018-01

December 2017

December 2017

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

Stability in the book marketplace does not mean commercial publishers continue to maintain their share

Literary fiction is in crisis. A new chapter of funding authors must begin

Literary fiction under threat, ACE report concludes

How Bookcase Literary Agency Sells Self-Published Authors' Rights to Editors

Why HarperCollins India is pushing hard to sign up the biggest names in Indian commercial fiction

Cat Person is 'mundane', Austen is 'dross': why do so many men hate female writing?

Best books of 2017: the hits and misses of the publishers' year

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FIRST DRAFT TO YOUR NOVEL?

The Right Writing Routine

WILLIAM H. GASS'S ADVICE FOR WRITERS: "YOU HAVE TO BE GRIMLY DETERMINED."

Breaking down the barriers - a new chapter in publishing

URSULA K. LE GUIN: WHO CARES ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL?

How We Eclipse Women's Literary Brilliance With 'Scandal'

Louise Erdrich, Great American Novelist, Is Just Getting Started

'He began to eat Hermione's family': bot tries to write Harry Potter book - and fails in magic ways

Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?)

Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds

The Year in Best-Sellers

On Rape Culture in Crime Fiction

An Author Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words

6 Things About Self-Publishing You Will Be Tempted To Overlook, But Shouldn't

The Myth of the Lazy Writer

Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?)

Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds

6 Things About Self-Publishing You Will Be Tempted To Overlook, But Shouldn't

Why All Self-Publishers Need a Good Editor

art-beautiful bloom

Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say?

Let's Talk About Sex: Romance Publishing

The One Thing You Can Do TODAY to Get Your Book Written This Year

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing Tips for Indie Authors

The Politics of Print & Why We Need It | HuffPost

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times

Amazon: ‘The Lord of the Rings' TV Series With Multi-Season Commitment | Deadline

A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing (and Other Avenues to Sell Your Books) | HuffPost

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: "You Have to Be Obsessed" | Literary Hub

Rupi Kaur reinvents poetry for the social-media generation - Insta iambs

Why A 19th Century American Slave Memoir Is Becoming A Bestseller In Japan's Bookstores

Finding readers in a perma-free world

How Long Is Writing Supposed to Take? - Electric Literature

Taking Charge of Your Book's Buzz

Triple trouble: why book trilogies are better than film | Books | The Guardian

How to Keep Your Day Job from Destroying Your Writing Dreams | Writing and Wellness

Four Questions for Jeff Kinney

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2017-12

November 2017

November 2017

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

Why All Self-Publishers Need a Good Editor

Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say?

Let's Talk About Sex: Romance Publishing

The One Thing You Can Do TODAY to Get Your Book Written This Year

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing Tips for Indie Authors

The Politics of Print & Why We Need It | HuffPost

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times

Amazon: ‘The Lord of the Rings' TV Series With Multi-Season Commitment | Deadline

A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing (and Other Avenues to Sell Your Books) | HuffPost

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: "You Have to Be Obsessed" | Literary Hub

Rupi Kaur reinvents poetry for the social-media generation - Insta iambs

Writer at typewriter

Why A 19th Century American Slave Memoir Is Becoming A Bestseller In Japan's Bookstores

Finding readers in a perma-free world

How Long Is Writing Supposed to Take? - Electric Literature

Taking Charge of Your Book's Buzz

Triple trouble: why book trilogies are better than film | Books | The Guardian

How to Keep Your Day Job from Destroying Your Writing Dreams | Writing and Wellness

Four Questions for Jeff Kinney

Do You Dream of Writing a Book? | HuffPost

Changing Telling into Showing - The Manuscript Shredder

It's going well - but don't get complacent

Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

YA Reading and Writing Trends from Wattpad's 60 Million Users

Checking Book Proofs in Three Simple Steps

How Lee Child is breaking cover on Jack Reacher secrets - BBC News

Australia: The Big Not-So-New Thing

Philip Pullman is right - discounting is the true book lover's enemy | Patrick Barkham | Opinion | The Guardian

What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly | HuffPost

10 Rules for Book Editors

George Saunders: ‘When I get praise, it helps me be a little bit more brave' | Books | The Guardian

What Authors Need to Know About Crowdfunding Their Book: A Case Study by the Numbers | Jane Friedman

Author Who Lost Copyright Case Over The Da Vinci Code In The US In 2007 Looks To Revive It In The UK In 2017 | Techdirt

Meet the Small Nigerian Press With Its Sights Set on the World | Literary Hub

From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors - The New York Times

Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World - The New York Times

New tool helps authors claim their copyrights back from publishers (even "perpetual assignments") / Boing Boing

A Day in the Life of a Freelancer | Literary Hub

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Pr | Fast Company

How to Get Violence Right in Your Fiction | Jane Friedman

How do you win the Man Booker prize? Move to New York or London | Lucy Diver | Opinion | The Guardian

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2017-11

October 2017

October 2017

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

It's going well - but don't get complacent

Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

YA Reading and Writing Trends from Wattpad's 60 Million Users

Checking Book Proofs in Three Simple Steps

How Lee Child is breaking cover on Jack Reacher secrets - BBC News

Australia: The Big Not-So-New Thing

Philip Pullman is right - discounting is the true book lover's enemy | Patrick Barkham | Opinion | The Guardian

What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly | HuffPost

10 Rules for Book Editors

George Saunders: ‘When I get praise, it helps me be a little bit more brave' | Books | The Guardian

What Authors Need to Know About Crowdfunding Their Book: A Case Study by the Numbers | Jane Friedman

Author Who Lost Copyright Case Over The Da Vinci Code In The US In 2007 Looks To Revive It In The UK In 2017 | Techdirt

Meet the Small Nigerian Press With Its Sights Set on the World | Literary Hub

From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors - The New York Times

Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World - The New York Times

New tool helps authors claim their copyrights back from publishers (even "perpetual assignments") / Boing Boing

A Day in the Life of a Freelancer | Literary Hub

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Pr | Fast Company

How to Get Violence Right in Your Fiction | Jane Friedman

How do you win the Man Booker prize? Move to New York or London | Lucy Diver | Opinion | The Guardian

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: With No Single Big Book, Multiple Memoirs Steal the Show

What Belongs on an Author Website Homepage? 4 Key Elements | Jane Friedman

Romance readers are not in love with the New York Times » MobyLives

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Macron, Merkel Speak of a Europe United by Culture

War baby: the amazing story of Ocean Vuong, former refugee and prize-winning poet | Books | The Guardian

Ishiguro's Nobel win leads to 20 global renewal deals | The Bookseller

Africa: New African Literature Is Disrupting What Western Presses Prize - allAfrica.com

Four Questions for Anthony Horowitz

The 5 Weirdest Lawsuits About Authors Stealing Ideas

How Books Designed for Soldiers' Pockets Changed Publishing Forever - Atlas Obscura

Inkitt, a ‘reader powered' book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author | TechCrunch

Searching for My Mother, 16 Years After Her Murder | Literary Hub

Murray Hill calls for publishers to be 'agents of social change' | The Bookseller

Imagining the Future of Nigeria: Accessing Africa Through Sci-Fi | Literary Hub

The Hobbit at 80: much more than a childish prequel to The Lord of the Rings | Books | The Guardian

Ask the Editor: Working with an Editor

Why science-fiction writers couldn't imagine the internet

7 Writers Who Were Also Editors (And the Books They Edited) | Literary Hub

Milly Johnson condemns fraudulent sales on Amazon | The Bookseller

Americans Didn't Ruin the Man Booker Prize. Book Publishers Did. | New Republic

How Much Actual History Do You Need for a Historical Novel? | Literary Hub

ALCS | Poetry cornered

All the awards for young writers amount to discrimination | Joanna Walsh | Books | The Guardian

What's More Important: Author Websites or Social Media? | Jane Friedman

Why I'm Still Trying to Get a Book Deal After 10 Years - The Atlantic

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2017-10

September 2017

September 2017

Links to this month's top stories

Our feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world:

The 5 Weirdest Lawsuits About Authors Stealing Ideas

How Books Designed for Soldiers' Pockets Changed Publishing Forever - Atlas Obscura

Inkitt, a ‘reader powered' book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author | TechCrunch

Searching for My Mother, 16 Years After Her Murder | Literary Hub

Murray Hill calls for publishers to be 'agents of social change' | The Bookseller

Imagining the Future of Nigeria: Accessing Africa Through Sci-Fi | Literary Hub

The Hobbit at 80: much more than a childish prequel to The Lord of the Rings | Books | The Guardian

Ask the Editor: Working with an Editor

Why science-fiction writers couldn't imagine the internet

7 Writers Who Were Also Editors (And the Books They Edited) | Literary Hub

Milly Johnson condemns fraudulent sales on Amazon | The Bookseller

Americans Didn't Ruin the Man Booker Prize. Book Publishers Did. | New Republic

How Much Actual History Do You Need for a Historical Novel? | Literary Hub

Books

ALCS | Poetry cornered

All the awards for young writers amount to discrimination | Joanna Walsh | Books | The Guardian

What's More Important: Author Websites or Social Media? | Jane Friedman

Why I'm Still Trying to Get a Book Deal After 10 Years - The Atlantic

Man Booker shortlist gets mixed response, Mozley calls for more regional diversity | The Books

Has Britain's Man Booker Prize become too American? Yes. - The Washington Post

Crossing Over: Making Peace with Self-Publishing | HuffPost

Creating a Successful Book Tour: Five Tips From an Indie Author

The Pitfalls of Continuing a Series After Its Author's Death | Literary Hub

No, I Didn't 'Game' The New York Times Bestseller List | HuffPost

Steinbeck's Heir Wins Lawsuit - The New York Times

Hogwarts as Never-Never Land: Stephen King on The Goblet of Fire | Literary Hub

7 Habits You Need to Adopt if You Want to Write More

Authors question the novel's future in face of declining attention spans | The Bookseller

Amazon's Naggar tells publishers to slash e-book prices | The Bookseller

The arrival of Amazon and the future of Australian publishing | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

Want Tips on Conducting Research for Your Project? #amwriting

5 things inspiring Digitalback Books' Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo right now | The Bookseller

Val McDermid: 'Even on a romantic holiday my thoughts turn to murrrder' | Books | The Guardian

14 Habits Of Highly Successful Authors | HuffPost

The Promise and Potential of Fan Fiction | The New Yorker

Driving Down the Price of Publishing

The 7 Writer Types You Should Avoid Becoming - Chicago Review of Books

Why We Should Stop Searching for the Next Gone Girl

Before Dylan, Tagore: on the erasure of Indian literature | Overland literary journal

Interview with Poet and Man Booker Prize judge, Helen Mort

The Long, Winding Path to One Debut Novel's Publication

 

Choosing a Service

Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful article by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing. Our Editorial Services for writers

Check out the 20 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Manuscript Typing to Synopsis-writing and our new service, Translation editing. This page provides links to the huge number of useful articles on this site, including Finding an Agent, Your Submission Package and Making Submissions. Our new services are Translation Editing and Writer's edit.

Formatted date: 
2017-09