Just over three years ago, whitefox was approached by one of the larger on-line freelance marketplaces (they had raised $ millions) to see if we’d be interested in helping them curate the part of their platform that related to publishing. I am assuming at the time a number of requests went out to different sectors. It didn’t happen. We said no. I’ve no idea if anyone said yes. But it got us thinking at the time about the old adage, how does the guy who drives the snow plough get to work in the morning? Or more accurately, who is curating the curators?
Yesterday marked the publication of Bob Marshall-Andrews’s CAMILLE and the Lost Diaries of Samuel Pepys.
So what. Another day, another book released into a world awash with new releases. Surely there are already too many choices to make?
We spoke to Natasa Lekic, founder of NY Book Editors, a highly curated and experienced editorial collective, about elevating the quality of self-published writing, the New York publishing community, and the importance of choosy editors.
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.
This year, whitefox will celebrate four years of trying to create a new business model within the world of publishing. Many of the conversations we were having back in late 2011 and early 2012 which must have seemed somewhat outlandish or unnecessary to some people are now taken for granted. No one now blinks at the talk of more outsourcing, the need to bring down fixed-costs, the drive for greater trust, transparency and quality, vetted services within self-publishing. It is accepted that freelance professionals will play an increasingly important role operating in the space between writers and readers.
We asked author Jeanne-Marie Gescher about her new book All Under Heaven, her long career as a legal advisor to China’s British ambassadors and her vast knowledge on China’s economy and infrastructure.
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.