Unsung Heroes 2017 It’s that time of year again: time to spread goodwill and show some appreciation for your favourite colleagues, freelancers and employees. After last year’s inaugural vote, we […]
Tobias Harwood is the author of Great Traits and the founder of GreatTraitsProject.com. Since shattering his pelvis and fracturing his back aged seventeen he has been fascinated by the interaction between mindset and accomplishments. Tobias was inspired to write Great Traits after his close friend, a wounded soldier, became the first ever amputee to walk to the North Pole. All the author’s proceeds from Great Traits are donated to the charity Walking With The Wounded. Aside from running the Great Traits Project, Tobias is an investor and researcher for a Wall Street financial firm. He has a degree from the University of Bath. Great Traits is his first book.
We spoke to John Schwab of Curtain Call, a brand that brings London’s thriving theatre industry together. John, an actor and writer, started Curtain Call with Matt Humphrey, a photographer specialising in theatre. Their first photography book, Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre has satiated the curiousity of thousands of theatre enthusiasts and is now up for a British Book Production and Design award.
We spoke to Ed Faulkner, Deputy Publisher at the Ebury Publishing Division at Penguin Random House UK. Ed is responsible for overseeing the Vermilion, Virgin and WH Allen imprints. His authors include Sir Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, Steve Hilton, Ray Davies and Peter Thiel. He has published a wide range of bestselling books in categories including business, technology, current affairs, history and music.
We spoke to Jemima Hunt, an editor & literary agent at The Writers’ Practice. She represents authors of fiction and non-fiction, including two Sunday Times bestsellers, and has three books in development for film and television. She is a visiting tutor in creative writing at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Spring 2017 sees the launch of a new six-week novel writing course at Oxford’s Story Museum, which she has co-founded with writer & broadcaster, Charlie Lee-Potter. More details available here http://oxfordwritingtable.com
David Shelley joined Little, Brown as Editorial Director in 2005, after five years running the publishing at independent publisher Allison & Busby. Initially commissioning mainly crime and thriller novels and overseeing the audio and ebook lists, he became Sphere Publisher in 2007, then Little, Brown Deputy Publisher in 2009, and Publisher in 2011. Authors he has worked with include Mitch Albom, Mark Billingham, Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid and J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. He was appointed CEO of Little, Brown and Orion in July 2015.
We asked Georgia Odd, Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Unbound, to provide us with some tips regarding crowdfunding for a book’s publication. Georgia studied Ancient History at Warwick University and has an MA in Publishing from UCL. She’s been working at Unbound for the past two and a half years, where she helps build crowdfunding campaigns. She’s a fan of a bad pun.
We spoke to Guy Vincent, founder of crowd-publishing startup Publishizer. Publishizer allows authors to gather pre-orders for their books in order to be matched with the publisher or publishing service providers that are best for them. Guy elaborated on the challenging initial period of setting up his business, the future of publishing and why we should be looking to data for our answers.