I have always considered myself to be a conscientious and broad reader, although in recent years I've been trying to make a conscious effort to do two things: Read more books by women Read more books by non-White authors In light of the recent campaigns, and as I now have two and a half years' … Continue reading BLOG: Reading Widely – Challenging Myself to Be Better
The first thing I saw when I logged onto twitter this morning was the Bookseller report on the survey that was going around publishing, recording salaries at all levels. When I first looked, it had just over 500 entries. As of 5:00pm this evening, it was at close to 850. I've spoken before at length … Continue reading BLOG: #BookJobTransparency – Salary Secrets and the Book Business
The last few months of 2019 were particularly hectic for me - at the end of October I was in a car accident when someone ran into the back of me, and while it was comparatively minor (I survived, my car was less lucky) it felt like the next two months were eaten up entirely … Continue reading BLOG: October, November and December Round-Up
Autumn is my favourite time of year, and late summer where my garden is still in flower, but there's a chill in the air and there's that wonderful golden light? That's my absolute jam. Sitting outside in the sunshine in the afternoon, then curling up under a blanket inside in the evening feeling cosy is … Continue reading BLOG: August and September Round-Up
Yesterday Gollancz, the oldest SFF publisher in the UK, and Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series, announced the launch of the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, in partnership with National Novel Writing Month and The Good Literary Agency. This is a huge and very exciting deal. Gollancz is full of … Continue reading BLOG: The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award – and Recs!
Why do I need an agent? What do they even do? There are a lot of reasons why people might not want to explore getting a literary agent. For some, it's just another gatekeeper to getting their writing to a publisher, another hoop to jump through which can seem exhausting and unnecessary. For others, the … Continue reading BLOG: Publishing Questions – Why do I need a Literary Agent?
During my publishing experience, as with any job I've had, I've come across a certain amount of jargon. I'm still picking up a lot of it, but through my training and various opportunities I've been given over the last few years, I've learned some stuff that I think is really cool. I've put together a … Continue reading DIRECTORY: Publishing Jargon-Buster
August! This year seems to be flashing by so quickly, but I have to say I have been enjoying the nice weather. More time to sit in the garden and read my books. Have you had any good books set aside for the summer? Or are you saving them up for holiday reading? REVIEWS Legend … Continue reading BLOG: June and July Round-Up
The most common refrain of anyone who works even remotely near books, or who blogs about books, is that their To Be Read pile increases at a rate that far outstrips their reading pace. I've been trying to be strict with myself - attempting to not buy new books, or request too many from Netgalley … Continue reading BLOG: Tackling the TBR – July 2019 Edition
Literary Citizenship is often a phrase used in terms of authors, and how they can be good citizens alongside other writers. It's an ideal based on the idea of cooperation, not competition - by buying and promoting the work of other writers, it makes for a richer literary landscape and also builds strong networks between … Continue reading BLOG: Build a Bookshelf – Bert’s Books and Literary Citizenship