Among the plethora of life coaches, juicing gurus and diet plans clogging the arteries of the bestseller lists in January, it has been fascinating to see in amongst them Rob Moore’s Life Leverage: How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything & Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle. Outsourcing and freelancing. Now it seems to be a lifestyle choice. How can specialists help buy you time and make you more efficient? Something the publishing industry has been wrestling with for years. Gradually, it seems, the material advantages of efficiency and flexibility are being championed by more and more converts.
We spoke to Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog and former Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine about her books and her long and illustrious career in magazine publishing and journalism.
This year, whitefox will celebrate four years of trying to create a new business model within the world of publishing. Many of the conversations we were having back in late 2011 and early 2012 which must have seemed somewhat outlandish or unnecessary to some people are now taken for granted. No one now blinks at the talk of more outsourcing, the need to bring down fixed-costs, the drive for greater trust, transparency and quality, vetted services within self-publishing. It is accepted that freelance professionals will play an increasingly important role operating in the space between writers and readers.
We asked author Jeanne-Marie Gescher about her new book All Under Heaven, her long career as a legal advisor to China’s British ambassadors and her vast knowledge on China’s economy and infrastructure.
It was hard to ignore the overriding sense from all authors attending the recent Bookseller Author Day conference of the desire for greater transparency, regardless of whether you are traditionally published or not. So it is in that spirit that I tell of a conversation this week with a writer whitefox has worked with over the past year, someone without an agent but with a finished manuscript, looking ideally for a traditional publishing partner. Through his own networking, he seems to have found someone potentially interested, a known publisher with many years of output. This publisher has offered him this proposal: they will publish his book, on the understanding that he contributes £9,000 towards the editorial process.
We spoke to production specialist David Brimble about his vast experience working in production in-house and freelance, his work on BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year books and his love of visiting printers who are passionate about what they do.
Andri Nel runs a digital publishing company called Digi-Taal and is completing her MA in Digital Publishing. Before coming to the UK she completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Publishing at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked on numerous digital publishing projects with both authors and publishers. She is driven by a passion for publishing and the process behind creating books.
We spoke to Rebecca Souster, Self-Publishing Account Manager at Clays, about her role, the continued relevance of printed books for self-publishing, and her tips for self-publishing authors.
To usher in the festive season, whitefox are offering a range of reduced or free services for authors. Click below to check them out. If one suits you, fill in the form to apply and redeem your offer from January 2016.