Podcast – Why start a publishing business? (best bits)
John Pettigrew's podcast Talking Through My Hat has broadcast its fiftieth episode, and to celebrate John has pulled together some of his favourite moments.
Hear from Alison Jones, Emma Barnes and our very own John Bond in this fantastic episode on setting up publishing companies.
Article – Author Sharna Jackson: bringing diversity into children's books
According to the CLPE, of the 9,115 children's books published over the previous 12 months, only 4% featured BAME characters.
Read about Sharna Jackson's wonderful new book High-rise Mystery, and how its inclusion of BAME protagonists is vital for the younger generation.
Competition – Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition
Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay by 7 March
Article – What pulitzer prize-nominated books should you read first?
The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor excellence in journalism, arts and letters, were announced on Monday. Here are reviews of the 15 books that made it to the final round.
Article – ‘Writing a first novel is like wandering out into an unclear, inhospitable landscape’
Adrian Duncan writes about getting his novel to print, rejection and writing courses – a fantastic reading experience for would-be authors and those trying to find representation and a publishing deal.
Opportunity – Free mentoring for a trans/genderqueer/non-binary writer
Kirsty Logan, author of The Gloaming and upcoming novel Things We Say in the Dark, is offering a trans/genderqueer/non-binary writer the opportunity to receive mentoring and editing advice, worth £150.
Apply by 14th April for your chance to be selected for this fantastic opportunity!
Prize – Curtis Brown First Novel Prize
As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. Enter the first 10,000 words and a synopsis of your unpublished novel for your chance to win.
The competition closes at midday on 1st August – don't waste any time!
Competition – Crusoe300 Flash Fiction
To mark the 300th year since Robinson Crusoe's publication, The Museum of Walking is offering you the opportunity to write a very short story inspired by Robinson Crusoe and have it published.
Enter before 25th June to see your story in print!
Article – Your guide to 2019’s best non-fiction books
Whether you’re looking for memoirs, science or general inspiration, you’ll find all this and more in 2019’s non-fiction releases.
Stylist brings you some hot tips, from The Good Immigrant USA edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman to Character Breakdown by Zawe Ashton – why not add these titles to your reading list!
Article – Get a short story to read on your commute from these free vending machines
With the first machines appearing at Canary Wharf tube station this week, London is set to install eco-friendly ’literary vending machines‘ around the city that dispense literary classics from authors such as Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll.
The best bit? They’re completely free and short enough to enjoy on your daily commute!
Competition – The Future is Back
This incredible creative writing workshop series returns!
Any self-identified LGBTQI+ writer can apply to receive a series of FREE creative writing workshops led by the very talented Olumide Popoola.
Applications are now open.
Festival – Primadonna
’The demand for public events and festivals centred on the female experience is growing across Britain...’
Get your tickets now for Primadonna Festival, the new female-centric literary festival, running this August in Suffolk.
Article – These black male writers have something to say. Are we ready to listen?
’Black men have little to no control in media in this country and we are probably portrayed the worst of all, so that is why we are having to create active measures to aggressively counter the day to day horrible portrayals of us.’
Read about ’Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space’, an upcoming collection of essays from twenty black British men, discussing masculinity, sexuality, foster care, mental health and more.
Competition – V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
Do you have a short story between 2,000 and 4,000 words ready to send off?
Enter this amazing prize for the chance to win £1000 and see your story published in Prospect Online in the RSL Review.
Resource – Free writing events
This website is perfect for aspiring writers. Whether you’re looking for writing events, competitions or services, there’s something for everyone!
Article – How to write a fiction synopsis for your query letter
We’re going to unapologetically toot our own horns again and recommend one of the whitefox blog’s latest publications. Associate Agent Catherine Cho (of Curtis Brown) offers some indispensable tips for writers looking to submit their manuscript to literary agencies. If you’re struggling to write that synopsis, look no further!
Event – You thought you knew the whole story...
From new platform Untitled comes an evening dedicated to celebrating underrepresented writers.
With free entry and 'something for everyone', make sure to mark 25 April in your calendars.
Free workshop – New Voices playwriting
Whether it's something you have always wanted to try, or whether you are suddenly being grabbed by this now, Theatre West would love to invite you to a completely FREE fun and informal day of playwriting this March, held at the Bristol Old Vic.
Map – Independent Publishers UK
A fantastic resource for anyone looking to get into the publishing industry, or for those looking to continue their career outside of London.
The map charts every indie publisher of every genre, all over the country.
Article – What will you be reading next year? London Book Fair's star attractions
So much was happening at the London Book Fair this year, illustrated in this article by the sheer number of exciting new titles that were announced!
Look out for Salman Rushdie, Elton John and Emma Thompson...
Competition – Thousand Films scriptwriting
Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered television writers in the UK and Ireland.
Their focus is to find female writers for television. If you have a script for a first episode of a drama or comedy and you don’t have agency representation, then submit your script for free.
Article – 10 books to make your feminism more intersectional
Micha Frazer-Carroll's curated list of feminist texts offers you everything you need to ensure that your feminism is as diverse and inclusive as possible. From Roxane Gay to Reni Eddo-Lodge, these recommendations are not to be missed!
Competition – Modern love college essay competition
The New York Times is inviting US college students nationwide to write an essay that tells the plain truth about what love and relationships are like for them today.
For the chance to win $1000, enter your essay before March 24!
Interview – Diriye Osman interviews gay literary icon Paul Burston
Paul Burston is a gay icon, an activist on and off the page, the creator of the ground-breaking Polari Salon and its accompanying LGBTQ literary prize.
Read this fascinating Q&A to learn about his upcoming book and inspiration behind Polari Salon
Competition – The Big Issue's crime writing competition
Think you could be the next big crime writer?
The Big Issue and HarperCollins are offering every UK crime writer the chance to win a two-book deal – don't miss this amazing opportunity!
Newsletter – whitefox monthly e-newsletter
This month marks the relaunch of our monthly newsletter!
Our exclusive monthly newsletter offers you the chance to keep up with all the latest news from whitefox and the publishing industry. On the first day of each month we'll send you an email filled with writing tips, articles and opportunities.
Article – Diana Athill’s last words to be broadcast from beyond the grave
'I am Diana Athill, and if you are watching this I am no longer alive. This is my final say.'
If you missed the broadcast of 'Final Say' on Wednesday, read this article to learn a little more about the inspirational Diana Athill.
Competition – win a whitefox notebook!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Don't miss the chance to win one of these beautiful notebooks, complete with a back pocket and pen holder. All you have to do to be entered into our prize draw is head to our twitter, retweet, follow and sign up to our newsletter (see above).
Tips – What London Book Fair offers to indie authors
Excited for The London Book Fair 2019?
Take a look at this article from The Alliance of Independent Authors, offering some indispensable advice for self-published authors looking to navigate the fair!
Recommended Reads – 10 best books by empowering women to read this International Women’s Day
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
Need some inspiration or just fancy a good feminist read? Add these titles to your reading list.
Podcast – Sentimental Garbage
Sick of feeling guilty about the books you should be reading, but aren’t? Annoyed that the books you read don’t seem to 'count' as literature? Join author and journalist Caroline O’Donoghue as she discovers the chick-lit classics her guests were raised on, from schmaltzy romances to family comedies to bodice-ripping dramas.
Article – Secondhand books: the murky world of literary plagiarism
'It is certain that I cannot always distinguish my own thoughts from those I read, because what I read becomes the very substance and texture of my mind…'
Are you a writer constantly plagued by the fear of copying someone else's work or style? Read Alison Flood's article to explore the concept of plagiarism in the literary world.
Recommended – The best audiobooks and podcasts to download from Audible
Looking for a new audiobook to bring in March?
Take a look at the Radio Times' recommendations to spice up your daily commute!
Article – Managing the stress of freelancing: six ways to take control
Struggling to manage the uncertainty and home/work conflict in your freelance career?
Jon Younger gives six excellent tips for staying in control as a professional freelancer.
Article – Women’s battles become page-turners as #MeToo inspires novelists
Female writers have responded to the #MeToo movement, exploring difficult themes such as rape and gaslighting in some of this year’s most anticipated novels.
Prize – Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019
Know a woman working in publishing whose work deserves to be celebrated? Think it's about time someone acknowledged your own work?
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize aims to celebrate 'the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing'.
The winners of the Prize will receive £1000, celebrated at a ceremony on Tuesday 28th May.
Competition – Bridport Poetry Prize
The Bridport Prize is an international competition looking to find the best new writing from across the globe each year.
Submit as many poems as you like and be in with the chance of winning £5000. The prize is judged by the wonderful spoken word poet Hollie McNish.
Award – The Unsung Heroes of Publishing Awards 2019
Are you, or is someone you know, a talented publishing specialist working to produce amazing books under the radar?
Nominate your unsung hero now for the chance to win a bottle of champagne and unique interview on the popular whitefox blog.
BBC Radio 4 – The economics of being an author
How feasible is it to make a living as an author, and which is the most cost-effective route to publication – a traditional publisher, self-publishing or a hybrid approach?
Listen to this informative episode of 'Money Box' to find out more.
Article – There’s no shame in reading whatever books you want – literary snobs be damned
After moving to university, author Emily Maguire realises that none of the books she has read 'count', as they weren't written by 'dead white men'.
In this article she argues that we need to dismantle our understanding of 'sophisticated' literature and welcome books 'by all kinds of people in all kinds of forms, and found in all kinds of places.'
Fiction competition – Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Are you a children's/YA writer with a manuscript between 30,000 and 80,000 words?
Enter this competition for the chance to win a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House, a royalty advance of £10,000 and representation from a top children’s literary agent.
Writing challenge – The 10-day business book proposal challenge with Alison Jones
Thinking about writing a business book? Alison Jones' 10-day writing challenge offers you the chance to win an all-expenses-paid publishing deal with Practical Inspiration Publishing.
With daily check-ins, videos and more, you will be writing a show-stopping business book proposal before you know it. The next challenge begins in April, so sign up to the waiting list now!
Poetry competition – The 2019 poetry business international book & pamphlet competition
With the chance to win a share of £2,000, publication by Smith|Doorstop and more, enter this poetry competition by 1st March.
All you need is 20 to 24 pages of unpublished poems, aimed at adults.
Interview – Q&A with the Feminist Library
We hate to endorse ourselves, but we think this Q&A is well worth a read.
The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of feminist literature, particularly Women’s Liberation Movement materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
The Feminist Library have been campaigning to fund their upcoming move to Peckham, and they were kind enough to chat to us about their work.
Online Writing Course – Clare Fisher's Voices in Fiction
We were lucky enough to interview the wonderful Clare Fisher last year, who is running an online course exploring voices in fiction. Participants on Voices In Fiction will explore how voice interacts with and inspires character, setting and plot to create compelling and original literature.
Article – 6 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2019
According to Entrepreneur India, these books will tell you everything you need to know to attain success, knowledge, leadership and happiness.
And if you want to learn more about entrepreneurship, head over to our Work page to see some of the great books we've worked on.
Competition – Bath Novel Award 2019
With a nice relaxed deadline of 2nd of June, the Bath Novel Award is perfect for someone still working on the final edits of their manuscript.
The entry fee is £25, but sponsored entries are available.
Article – 10 Tips for Freelancing Parents
Struggling between your work life and your home life? This great article offers some tips for parents trying to negotiate a freelancing career.
Competition – Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme
The Ledbury Poetry Festival offers a national mentoring programme, aiming to boost diversity in poetry reviewing; all aspiring critics looking for some top-notch mentoring, click here!
Applications are now open, ending 1st of April 2019.
Article – How Young Women are Changing the Rules of Poetry
This excellent Guardian article discusses the place of poetry in today's culture, and how the industry has seen an increase in sales due to a new generation of female writers.
Competition – The Moth Magazine Short Story Prize
With the chance to win €3,000, The Moth Magazine accepts submissions from anyone over the age of 16 with something original and and unpublished to offer. Submit your entries before 30th June.
This year’s judge is Kit de Waal.
Traditional Publishing Versus Self-Publishing: How to Cut Through the Noise and Choose the Best Publishing Option
Confused about what to do now you’ve finished writing your book? Trying to get published but not sure how?
Download our free guide for a concise, unbiased summary of traditional publishing and self-publishing. We promise it’ll make things a lot clearer!
In this guide you will find:
– A simple explanation of how traditional publishing and self-publishing work
– An objective analysis of their strengths and weaknesses
– the confidence to publish your book
Books for Business: How to Boost Your Brand with a Book
In this guide, we’re going to tell you how you can boost your brand and add prestige (and sales) to your business by creating a book. Throughout the guide we will provide examples of successful business books which we have helped create.
This guide offers you:
– Award-winning business book case studies
– A step-by-step guide to producing a business book
– Writing tips and prompts
– Advice from business book authors