SokoGlam is an e-commerce start-up that sold Korean beauty products to the US and UK. The site gained popularity through its blog written by co-founder, Charlotte Cho. The blog featured information and stories about each product, including features on skincare and make-up and trends in the marketplace. The beauty market, particularly in Asian e-commerce, was crowded and SokoGlam had several direct competitors.
Content focused on healthy living and looking good was popular long before the advent of social media. The difference now is that platforms like Instagram and Youtube have made the visual manifestations of health and beauty so quantifiably accessible that, for many, gazing at an avocado has become both commercially relevant and a beautifully framed creative lifestyle choice.
We interviewed Heather Boisseau, Publishing Manager at RedDoor and on of 2016’s Unsung Heroes of Publishing, about her role, her prediction for the future of project management in publishing and her most rewarding project to date.
We read Ros Barber’s piece in the Guardian yesterday about why she would never self-publish. To each their own of course, but we couldn’t help but notice some holes in her arguments.
We spoke to Sophia Blackwell, Head of Marketing at The Bookseller, about her experience of the publishing world thus far, the discipline required in working creatively and her advice for self-publisher
We spoke to Jane Davis, the author of seven novels. Her debut novel, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and she was hailed by The Bookseller as ‘One to Watch.’
I always like scouring the top 100 best-selling titles on amazon.co.uk on the first day of the New Year. All life is there. It’s the publishing equivalent of seeing the leaves fall from the trees as the seasons change. There are still some celebrity memoirs and humour books hanging around after their Christmas gifting peak. And the colouring books of course. But they have now been joined by a host of self-help, diet and detox titles, jostling for prominence after the excesses of the holidays.
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.
Alejandra Rodriguez Creixell was an intern at whitefox and a Publishing MA student at UCL. She is currently designing a booklet for Waterstones Gower Street and searching for a job in publishing or marketing. Here she shares some key findings from her MA research on publishers’ websites and their effectiveness.