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27 February 2017 - What's new

27 February 2017
  • 'The successful growth of new British publisher Head of Zeus shows how an international approach to publishing can put a business in a strong position through challenging the traditional approach to publishing markets...' But it's through selling ebooks internationally that the firm is coming up with a new publishing model. News Review
  • ‘I realize how decadent writing a novel is. You really own this world, you can do whatever you want to it. You can go inside people's minds. Gone Girl has a lot of internal monologues, so it was a big struggle to figure out how to have them show you who they were instead of like, "Here's about me." Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Dark Places in the Hollywood Reporter gives us this week's Comment.
  • Our Inside Publishing series offers 19 articles offering an insider's perspective. On Copyright 'Many writers worry about losing their copyright. Before sending out your manuscript it is always advisable to put a copyright line consisting of the copyright sign ©, the year and your name on the title page...' On The Writer/Publisher Financial Relationship: 'There's no escaping the fact that publishers and authors are essentially in an adversarial position. Even in the very best and most supportive publisher/writer relationships there is the tension caused by the fact that authors would like to earn as much as possible from their writing and publishers to pay as little as they can get away with...'
  • Our links: how a former police officer took a career break, reinvented herself as a freelance feature writer and wrote her first novel, I Let You Go, which was the UK's top-selling crime fiction novel in 2015, 'I See You,' A Conversation with Clare Mackintosh | The Huffington Post; in book reviews, where "readable" has risen to become the preeminent adjective of praise, The Millions: Against Readability - The Millions; and we are not all Neil Gaiman. We can't all just write in whatever genre we want, whenever we want, and hope our audiences will follow us there, How Crowdfunding Allows You to Experiment Outside Your Genre | Jane Friedman.
  • Do you want to self-publish your work? WritersServices offers a suite of services which help writers get their work into shape before they self-publish, which includes Copy editing, Blurb-writing, Poetry Collection Editing, Typing manuscripts. Here's our page on Services for Self-publishers.
  • More links: were the romance fans, with their voracious reading habits, cannibalizing profits under the subscription model? Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping; Jack Henry Abbott was a talented writer and a convicted murderer. What made Mailer believe he wouldn't kill again? Norman Mailer's Fatal Friendship | New Republic; and who would have thought that the new retro spoofs would be so successful? Not Ladybird's own publisher, The Ladybird phenomenon: the publishing craze that's still flying | Books | The Guardian.
  • If you've come to the site looking for a report on your manuscript, how do you work out which one would suit you best? Which Report? includes our new top-of-the range service, the Editor's Report Plus, introduced by popular demand to provide even more detail. This very substantial report takes the form of a chapter-by-chapter breakdown and many writers have found this approach helps them to get their book right.
  • From our Writers' Quotes: 'When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.' Ernest Hemingway. For quotes fans we have More Writers' Quotes and Even More Quotes.