Children’s agent Hilary Delamere answers a frequently-asked and fundamental question about agents: What are they for and what do they do?
New Year’s resolutions rarely make it past January. How can you make sure your writing resolution sticks? Chris Smith shares his rules for setting a goal you’ll stick to.
You’ve written a book. Now what? To build a career as an author you need to know how to get published as well as how to write. Jon Reed shares some pointers to help you navigate the process – from preparing a query letter to getting an agent to landing your first publishing deal.
You choose an agent as much as an agent chooses you. But which one is right for you? Kirsty McLachlan looks at what different types of agent can offer.
Looking for some NaNoWriMo inspiration? Elizabeth Haynes tells Danuta Kean how she researches her bestselling crime novels – and how NaNoWriMo helps her write.
Writing in exotic locations – and occasionally shop windows – is all in a day’s work for narrative non-fiction author Isabel Losada.
Develop your craft with these 10 essential books for writers. How many have you read? And which others would you recommend?
Don’t get too carried away with excitement and gratitude when an agent offers to represent you. Put on your business hat and look out for these common pitfalls with agency agreements.
There are lots of Twitter hashtags out there that are useful to help writers promote their work, connect with other writers, and – well – write. How do you use them, and which should you use?
Jon Reed asks bestselling hybrid author Nick Spalding which side of the publishing fence is best – traditional or indie?
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools you can use for your publishing job search. Suzanne Collier of bookcareers.com shares her top ten tips for using it effectively.
Where does Wire in the Blood creator Val McDermid get her ideas? Danuta Kean investigates.
Self-publishing is all about ebooks – right? Not always, says Anna Lewis, who explores the possibilities of print.
With many students doing some form of work placement over the summer, Suzanne Collier of bookcareers.com shares her top ten tips for making the most of it.
Alison Baverstock, author of How to Market Books, offers her top 10 marketing tips for self-published authors.
Feeling overwhelmed by your writing goal? Chris Smith of Prolifiko says you can achieve big things by thinking small. Here are his top 7 tips for incorporating a ‘small thinking’ methodology into your writing process.
This year’s London Book Fair featured a panel discussion about the topical issue of the day: “Brexit: Good News or Bad News for the Publishing Industry?” And (spoiler alert) the answer from delegates was a resounding “Bad News” – by a margin of 140-0. But what do you think?
Productivity isn’t just a way to show off to colleagues and suck up to your boss. Getting things done allows you to spend more time doing the things you love and want to do. Bec Evans shares her favourite tactics to make short shrift of the long to-do list.
The end is in sight! Here’s your final week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway to see you through to the end of NaNoWriMo.
Are you half way through your NaNoWriMo draft? Here’s your next week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway!
Are you surviving NaNoWriMo? Here’s your second week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway to keep you going!
So it’s November, that month when many writers start an annual obsession with word counts and sleep deprivation! Whether or not you’re joining in the annual novelathon, boost your productivity by taking Sarah Salway’s challenge to write something every day for the next 30 days.
Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK number one bestseller within three months of release. Then he signed a six-book deal with Pan Macmillan. Jon Reed asks him how he did it.
The book used to be the thing you marketed. Today it’s also a tool to market yourself or your business. Business coach, content consultant and publisher Alison Jones shares her advice for using self-publishing as a business strategy.
Have you been visited by the Muse lately? If you’re an indie author, you need more than one source of inspiration. Tom Evans looks at the Nine Muses needed for self-publishing success.
How does a literary agency sell its authors? Bestselling agent Andrew Lownie says there are three elements to selling books to publishers: 1) an agency needs to have saleable books in the first place; 2) the proposals need to be the best they can be; and 3) one needs to know the right editors to approach and not give up too easily.
Writers with a trade-publishing deal get automatic access to professional editors and proofreaders, but self-publishers have to source their own. Some writers think it’s fine to scrimp on this, but the truth is that every book needs to be edited and proofread, says Lucy Ridout.
For authors and publishers, content is our bread and butter. But content no longer just mean the products we publish – it also means marketing. So how do we build an effective content strategy? This question was addressed at the 2015 London Book Fair Publishing for Digital Minds Conference.
Writers are the masters of procrastination – it’s far simpler to type a search term into Google than it is to write the first line of a novel. We all procrastinate – but you can overcome it with practical strategies. So stop putting off your dreams and reward your future self, says Bec Evans.
From unfriend to selfie, social media is clearly having an impact on language. The words that surround us every day influence the words we use. Since so much of the written language we see is now on screens, language now evolves partly through our interaction with technology.