Bologna Children’s Book Fair round-up 2014

Some called it the ‘Quietly Confident Fair’, some the ‘Smiley Fair’ – and one literary scout called it the ‘Fair of the Partial Submission’. There were no empty stands – and the Halls were buzzing. So what really made the 51st Bologna Children’s Book Fair tick? What was hot (and what was not)? Read more

Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5, Feb-Apr 2014 – Science Fiction

Publishing Talk Magazine is back, and with a science fiction and fantasy theme this time. ‘High Priestess of British Steampunk’ Liesel Schwarz reveals her path to publication, while self-published fantasy author Ben Galley reveals how he became a successful ‘authorpreneur’, and why he thinks print is still important – something that Anna Lewis agrees with, as she looks at reasons why self-publishing isn’t all about digital. For traditional publishers, digital is sometimes seen as a dystopian nightmare – but Alastair Horne examines some ideas from science fiction that offer the promise of a positive future for publishing. Also features Keith Mansfield, Matthew de Abaitua, Tom Evans, Nelle Andrew, Suzanne Collier and social media advice and tutorials. Read more

Is your blog killing your job search?

Many careers advisors say you must blog to get a job. This is not necessarily the case, says Suzanne Collier. I’ve been to many career talks where I’ve heard others on the panel recommend that you ‘must have a blog’ … Read more

How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

How to write a book proposal and what exactly it needs to include are two of the questions I am asked most frequently as a literary agent – and not just by new writers. Even seasoned authors and experienced journalists may not have written a book proposal previously. In any book submission process the competition will be immense and the turndown rate high, so it is worth taking the time to get a proposal right. But what does that mean? Read more

The Right Time to Write: is writing at #NaNoWriMo speed really a good thing?

Do you have writer’s cramp yet? Or typist’s tremor? Have you entered the annual November writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? If you did, did you finish, or did you give up exhausted halfway through the month? Read more

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