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.
We spoke to production specialist David Brimble about his vast experience working in production in-house and freelance, his work on BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year books and his love of visiting printers who are passionate about what they do.
Andri Nel runs a digital publishing company called Digi-Taal and is completing her MA in Digital Publishing. Before coming to the UK she completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Publishing at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked on numerous digital publishing projects with both authors and publishers. She is driven by a passion for publishing and the process behind creating books.
We spoke to Rebecca Souster, Self-Publishing Account Manager at Clays, about her role, the continued relevance of printed books for self-publishing, and her tips for self-publishing authors.
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We talked to George Miller, translator and former editorial director of Oxford University Press’s Trade division and Granta Books, about his path towards translation from French and his website, Podularity, which features interviews with authors.
We spoke to publishing expert Jane Friedman about her vast experience with digital media strategy, her work with writers and The Hot Sheet, her new publishing newsletter for authors.
We spoke to Kate Wilson, MD at award-winning children’s book publisher Nosy Crow, about running a start-up, her prediction for children’s storytelling and what you must know to be a good children’s publisher.
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.