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
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
Over the last few months, I feel like I have been seeing news of book piracy on a monthly basis. One site was taken down, but then it was back up, then there were calls for tougher legal responses from publishers to piracy sites, then there was an open letter to the government to take … Continue reading BLOG: How Book Piracy Impacts Authors
In March and April I was lucky enough to attend a couple of talks on commissioning - one at LBF looking specifically on finding debut novelists, and another hosted by BookMachine Unplugged which talked about the intricacies of list-building and how you choose books which fit the identity of your imprint (click on the links … Continue reading BLOG: LBF 19/BookMachine – The Art of Commissioning
This year at London Book Fair, the Society of Young Publishers ran two panels – How to get into Publishing, and How to get ahead in Publishing. I have been to several of the SYP careers panels, and they are always very engaging and well-run, with excellent speakers, so I was pleased to be able … Continue reading BLOG: LBF 19 – Getting Ahead in Publishing
There has been ongoing talk about diversity in publishing across social media and industry, from women in management to social and ethnic diversity. The latest is ageism which, as someone who transferred to publishing after working for several years elsewhere, hit rather close to home. Unfortunately I missed the start of the panel at London … Continue reading BLOG: LBF 19 – Ageism in Publishing
One thing I have heard a lot regarding publishing is that it is not an industry with much transparency to the outside world - it seems secretive, with processes and practises hidden away. A manuscript comes in, and an indeterminate amount of time later, a book comes out. I wanted to do my part to … Continue reading BLOG: Publishing Questions – Common Mistakes when Querying
Today the Bookseller published the findings from a survey they conducted asking whether people from Working Class backgrounds felt they had been hindered in starting a publishing career, or whether their progression had been impacted. Shockingly, the answer was yes. Particularly noteworthy was that 91% of respondents felt that the London-centric nature of publishing was … Continue reading BLOG: Social Class in Publishing – Bookseller Survey Results