We spoke to Ali Albazaz, CEO and founder of Inkitt, a data-driven publisher that uses an artificially intelligent algorithm to analyse online users’ reading patterns. With a background in computer science, Ali believes predictive analysis has the potential to make the publishing industry more fair and objective. We asked him about how he came to form his company with designer Linda Gavin, the value of data in book agenting and how they built up the site’s core audience and readership.
We are pleased to reproduce this brilliant essay on typography’s evolving significance in a digital landscape by UX designer and typography enthusiast Matej Latin. Read on for an abridged history of typography and its changing relationship with humanity. This article was originally published on Matej’s blog A Day in the Life of a Designer. Among Matej’s other ventures is Gutenberg, a web typography starter kit that brings meaning and craftsmanship to web typography. Matej is originally from Slovenia.
We asked trusted whitefox freelancer (and Unsung Hero of Publishing for 2016) David Brimble for an abridged overview of what has changed in book production technology since he began his career. Read on to find out exactly how digital made working remotely as a production specialist possible.
We asked Emily Banyard of publicity agency FMcM Associates to provide us with some tips for those interested in getting started in book publicity and we sure got what we asked for – enough for a two-part tipsheet. Very much worth memorising if you’re an author as well as a fledgeling publicist. Read and share her sage advice!
We asked Georgia Odd, Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Unbound, to provide us with some tips regarding crowdfunding for a book’s publication. Georgia studied Ancient History at Warwick University and has an MA in Publishing from UCL. She’s been working at Unbound for the past two and a half years, where she helps build crowdfunding campaigns. She’s a fan of a bad pun.
We spoke to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, authors of the upcoming The Bestseller Code (out 20th September). Jodie bought and edited books for Penguin UK before decamping for the doctoral program in English at Stanford University. After her PhD, she worked at Apple as their research lead on literature. Matthew is Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches and directs the Nebraska Literary Lab. His text mining research has been profiled in The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, The Sunday Times, and more. We talked to them about how they became research partners, their research process and their favourite books.
We interviewed Ruth Tauber of Moniack Mhor, a picturesque creative writing centre based in the Scottish Highlands. Ruth, a writer and communications co-ordinator at Moniack Mhor, told us about the centre’s history, available support for writers and her three favourite books of all time.
Livia Filotico works for Arvon, the UK’s largest residential writing course organisation. She is Arvon’s communications administrator by day and a live literature programmer by night. Over the years Livia has worked with literary and cultural organisations, bookshops, universities and publishers to promote ideas of enchantment, diversity, and cultural understanding within the arts and cultural sector, both in the UK and internationally.
We asked whitefox freelancer Becky Miles to share some of her editorial project management expertise. Whether you are in a project management role or not, applying these tips to your working life will make all the difference! Becky has over 20 years experience working at publishing houses in the UK and abroad.