We talked to Douglas Wight, co-author (with Jennifer Wiley) of Hot Right Now: The Definitive Biography of Rita Ora about the book that he created and brought to market in less than 3 months, his curiosity surrounding pop culture and his thoughts on a possible new model for self-publishing.
Dan Holloway writes for the Guardian Books Blog, is the co-author of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ book Opening Up to Indie Authors, is a poet and self-published author. We asked him to tell us about his 6 years experience in self-publishing.
There’s so much talk at the moment about the growing freelancer economy, the pluses and pitfalls of going solo, that it isn’t always easy to differentiate between the reality and the myths of striking out on your own. So to try and understand what it is really like, whitefox has been talking to Jill Sawyer. Jill has been freelance for 3 years, working as an editor, typesetter and project manager for a number of individual and company clients. Previously, she worked at DK and Scholastic.
We invited Lisa Goll, founder of the London Writer’s Cafe, to share her insights on the isolation of writing and the benefits of connecting with other writers.
You would had to have been on a long vacation from planet publishing not to be aware of the high profile success stories in and around indie publishing from the last few years. Hugh Howey. Joanna Penn. Amanda Hocking. No matter which routes to market they have ended up taking, these are the often-quoted big beasts, the patron saints of DIY.
We asked Yen Ooi, co-founder of CreateThinkDo and marketing mentor, for insight into the rewards of freelancing. Here she writes about channeling one’s passions and expertise into a bespoke offering that
encompasses what she has learned from the freelance world.
For many, to imagine a life dedicated to writing is to imagine long stretches of isolation, endless internal battles and unwavering determination. While this must hold true for many, in the cases of several well-known authors, the ubiquitous presence of the editor is often overlooked. Here are a few key author-editor relationships that many of us owe our favourite books to, plus one that left considerable controversy in its wake.
Richard Nash is a strategist and serial entrepreneur in culture and media. He advises numerous start-ups in digital media and consults with corporations on using narrative to grow their business.