Monthly Archives: September 2017

What does the demise of the Nook tell us?

The Nook, the Barnes and Noble e-reader is dead, sort of, maybe. What does this tell us about the state of the e-book market? The short answer is nothing, but the longer answer is slightly more interesting. First let’s remind ourselves about the Nook, this is Barnes and Noble’s e-Reader/modified Android tablet brand. In the UK they have a very ...

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Angry porcupines and a new brand of recovery

Last week’s new books focused on thrillers with new releases from John Le Carré and David Lagercrantz. This week, there is a good array of non-fiction on show in hardbacks. First up is Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions, by Sir David Attenborough. Adventures charts the early life of Attenborough as he embarks on the opportunity of ...

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Five tips on approaching agents

I’ve been approaching lots of literary agents (50+) recently, trying to get support on my existing novel Deep & Meaningless, as well as my next project, Time Bomb (a working title). Here are a few things I’ve learned. There is no new advice here, but it is good to know that the answers are out there. 1. Research Make sure ...

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Publishers Tackle Inclusivity

The good people at the Publishers Association have launched a initiative to tackle inclusivity within the industry. Publishing is far from the worst industry for this but the Publishers Association is determined that their members not rest on their laurels. In the most recent survey 49% of senior leadership roles within publishing are held by women which doesn’t look too ...

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£5k publishing deal up for grabs

If you’re putting the finishing touches to your latest thriller then this competition may be for you. The publishers Quercus have teamed up with Psychologies magazine to offer a publishing deal to one lucky aspiring novelist. This looks like a pretty good deal for an unpublished author, Quercus are home to the crime novelist Peter May, some bloke called Stieg ...

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Where do you keep your files?

A couple of weeks ago JK Rowling was talking about swapping out her old trusty Macbook for a new one. She’d only reluctantly abandoned the old one after she’d lost work due to disc corruption. Now I don’t have an international army of fans desperate to get an early peek at my next work, not yet anyway, but the idea ...

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Authors to debate the impact of design as a force for social change

Authors will debate Design as a Force of Social Change at a “unique” event hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing as part of London Design Week 2017. Called Design as a Force of Social Change, the discussion will discuss “design’s potential to change the world for good (or evil), and the responsibility of designers – both professional and amateur – to use ...

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Penguin bags brace in Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist

Penguin boasts two authors in the shortlist for the Man Booker Price 2017 shortlist. Ali Smith’s Autumn and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West have both been shortlisted and join Emily Fridlund’s A History of Wolves, Fiona Mozley’s Elmet, Paul Auster’s 4321 and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo. Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker three times and bagged the Baileys prize for How to Be Both. In his ...

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Six of the best books on writing

Everybody needs help, regardless of what they say. Even with a degree and career in journalism, it wasn’t easy. My experience of trying to put together a complex and long narrative was improved by guides, adages, tips and books. While everyone and his dog seems to offer a guide to how to write a book, here is a list of ...

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