Yesterday it was reported that Amazon was in the midst of R&D for one of its most radical projects to date. Seemingly expanding the footprint of the brand as far as it will go, the blueprints for the project were unearthed by GeekWire and would make the launch of Kindle, Prime and maybe even Amazon delivery drones pale in comparison. So what is this new top secret project?
Kindle and Waterstones have consciously uncoupled. Yesterday it was announced that Britain’s largest bricks and mortar book retailer is to end its era of stocking and selling e-readers. Cue a book commentariat awash with cries that this proves we are entering the swan song of the dedicated e-reader.
James Alexander, a graphic designer, spoke to us about his most challenging brief, the best and worst thing about being a freelance designer, and if he thinks the huge shift to online retail channels has changed how design is valued.
Emma Graves, a freelance designer, spoke to us about how she got into the industry, what makes a good cover brief, and what her very favourite book cover design is.
Samuel Muir spoke to us about the most challenging brief ever issued to him, the effect online selling has had on design and the best and worst thing about being a freelance designer.
Jim Hinks is Digital Editor at Comma Press, a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story. He is also creator of MacGuffin, a new self-publishing platform, launched in June 2015, that allows readers and writers to connect with texts, and each other, in innovative ways.
First published on Digital Book World’s site on August 3rd, 2015, our co-founder John Bond, in response to an article entitled ‘Don’t Outsource Your Publishing Business Away’, written by Emma Barnes days before, reflects on the shifting climate of the publishing industry, arguing ‘The Future is Freelance’.
In a BBC poll this week, Citizen Kane was voted the greatest ever American film. Again. What is perhaps more interesting is how few recent films there were featuring on the list (the most contemporary being Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave ). This could, of course, be because it takes time and perspective for a piece of work to be deemed worthy of such critical acknowledgement. Or it could be that the studios, responsible, lest we forget, for Casablanca and The Godfather, for Singing in the Rain and 2001: A Space Odyssey just don’t want to make those kinds of films any more. I wonder if it is possible to draw analogies with book publishing.
Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which were Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He has also guided a number of international clients successfully through the minefield of independent publishing.
Juliet Mushens is an Agent in the UK Literary Division of The Agency Group. Juliet began her publishing career in 2008 at HarperCollins, after reading history at Cambridge, and became an agent in 2011. Juliet represents a bestselling list of fiction and non-fiction writers including international bestseller ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton, Sunday Times bestselling crime writer James Oswald, and hugely successful brand ‘Very British Problems’.
Orna Ross writes novels, poems and the Go Creative! books and is Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. Her most recent book is a novel, Blue Mercy, a family drama of intrigue, secrets and surprise. Her website is www.ornaross.com.
Marti Leimbach’s career began with the New York Times bestseller Dying Young, which was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. She is also the author of The Man From Saigon and Daniel Isn’t Talking, which topped some of the summer reading lists here in the UK and abroad. Widely translated, and published worldwide, Marti is a core tutor at Oxford University’s Creative Writing Program, where she teaches on the Master’s programme.
Last year you successfully published your first children’s book to add to the adult fiction you’ve written over the years. Did you find the writing process to be very different?
Quite, yes. At one level, it’s easier and more enjoyable, because my adult novels are all set in the real world, whereas The Parent Agency – as indeed is The Person Controller, my new one – is powered by a fantasy storyline, which allows me to let my imagination go.