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The April Magazine is a good way to delve into our amazingly rich archives and links you to some enticing online articles: The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead, How to Become a Bestseller with Money, Luck and Work (Mostly Work) Jane Friedman and Let's silence the creative writing course snobs.

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Experienced authors tend to chastise vanity press victims for not doing sufficient research, but the murky web of vanity partnerships - and the uncritical coverage which invariably accompanies same - makes it difficult for newer writers to chart a safe path.

Authors' organisations have revealed an "ever-increasing" demand on financial hardship grants, with new applications to the Royal Literary Fund

Old-established British organisation which is...

People are always saying, "I have an idea for a story." But if a story starts in an idea it might as well give up and be a novel. I think ransacking your mind for story ideas builds up an immunity to the mysterious form itself. At some point you have to bow to the story's elusiveness and refusal...

The children's book publishing world has been roiling for the past week over the disclosure that Danielle Smith, the principal of Lupine Grove Creative, an agency specializing in children's and YA authors, acted more like a literary grifter than a literary agent.

Some time ago, I found myself in need of a vacation read. I am a book critic, so this was an easily solved problem: I perused the enormous pile of books on my desk that had been sent to me by publishers, found a galley that didn't look too dark or esoteric, and set out for the beach with it....

Link: Six Great Blogs for Indie Authors 6 August 2018

What we value most in a blog is passion, extensive knowledge of all aspects of self-publishing, consistency, and clean, clear, entertaining prose. All of these blogs meet those standards, and they can have a huge, positive impact on your self-publishing success if you let them.

I've been both a children's book editor and author for roughly a decade. This means that I'm sometimes trying to defend an author's behavior to my publishing friends, or trying to explain an editor's moves to my writer friends.

Whats new: 6 August 2018 - What's new 6 August 2018
  • ‘I can't stop writing. It's not something I physically enjoy, but I can't switch off the head. There was something else, something I'd lived with all my life - the fear that I wouldn't live to finish a given piece. Having finished Boneland at the age of 77, with no idea in front of...
Commentary: Switching off the adult editor 6 August 2018

‘I can't stop writing. It's not something I physically enjoy, but I can't switch off the head. There was something else, something I'd lived with all my life - the fear that I wouldn't live to finish a given piece. Having finished Boneland at the age of 77, with no idea in front of me...

Whats new: 30 July 2018 - What's new 30 July 2018
  • ‘Publishing is all about taste. You have other things, but at the centre of everything you do is your taste - and your trust in your taste and your judgement... It's such a difficult job - you need to have the big picture and the detail.
News Review: Amazon's sensational growth 30 July 2018

Amazon's latest figures are astounding and cement its dominance of the book business, particularly self-publishing, as well as the huge inroads it is making in many other areas.

Kingsley Amis is best remembered today as the author of comic novels-perhaps even the pre-eminent writer in that genre during the second half of the 20th century. But you would hardly guess it if you looked just at his output from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. This was Kingsley Amis's midlife...

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