We spoke to Gemma Seltzer, a London-based writer working live, online and in print. Gemma is the founder of the brilliant morning and online writing class Write and Shine. She opened our minds to the peaceful and sometimes surreal world that exists before the working day starts – a perfect time for unfettered creativity.
We know that to sustain a writing career, authors need all the help they can get. Whether it’s brushing up on your skills with the help of seasoned authors, or simply needing to buy some time to write without worrying about your day job, we know a little financial help can go a long way.
There are many resources online for writers and several helpful lists of grants and funding schemes. Available funding does change, however, so many of these lists become outdated quickly. We’ve done some research to come up with some of the best currently available ways to give your writing a boost. These initiatives range from one-off small cash prizes to residencies and ongoing funding for worthwhile literary projects. They are based in several locations throughout the British Isles, which doesn’t necessarily mean one needs to live in that area to apply. Take a look at the map below to discover opportunities in your area and beyond. Keep yourself writing and get the support you deserve! #amwriting
We asked whitefox freelancer Emma Graves to share some pieces of advice for aspiring cover designers. She has a decade’s worth of experience working in-house in traditional publishing and has hundreds of commercial covers under her belt.
We spoke to Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and President of the Word Alliance – an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals. He shed some light on how one goes about planning a literary festival of this scale, the importance of highlighting translation and the effect digital natives have on the festival.
We asked longtime whitefox freelancer Jill Sawyer for some practical typesetting tips. Read on for advice from an industry veteran with a sturdy knowledge of the editorial and design aspects of publishing – a reliable resource for anyone who wants to begin a freelance typesetting career.
We spoke to Mark Watkins, the founder of The Hawaii Project, a new book discovery engine. Mark was previously CEO and co-founder of goby, a mobile recommendation engine for finding fun things to do, and VP of engineering at Endeca, a search platform, since acquired by Oracle. From his home in Hawaii, Mark told us about the motivation behind setting up the new platform, the difference between The Hawaii Project and other recommendation engines and what this means for self-published books.
We spoke to Nick Brackenbury, co-founder of new company NearSt, which has been making the news for bringing convenience back to physical stores. Their book-locating and delivery service allows you to search nearby shops for the book you’re after and have it delivered to you within an hour. We asked him about the company’s conception, their behemoth competitor Amazon and his favourite books.
We spoke to Anna Hughes, founder and editorial director of The Pigeonhole. Anna has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade. She has had a brief fling with the Erotic Review, a minor assignation with Condé Nast and a long and complicated relationship with Random House. She then swapped sides and went to see how the other half lived at Peter Fraser & Dunlop, before jacking in the traditional and going rogue with The Pigeonhole. In 2015 she was named a Rising Star and shortlisted as Digital Achiever of the Year. She tells us she is actually rather disgusted by pigeons.
We interviewed Michel Lafrance, the founder and managing director of The Owl Field, a 3D audio storytelling production company. His work received the bronze award for The Bookseller FutureBook BookTech Company of the Year 2015. Here we speak to him about the beginnings of his company, the source of The Owl Field’s content and which genre lends itself particularly well to a 3D audio experience.