• Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:07

    If I had a dollar for every time I had seen a pitch for a subscription-based e-book platform, I would by now have launched my own. Once ubiquitously referred to as “Spotify for e-books” and now “Netflix for e-books”, its moment has come and, in retrospect, we should not be surprised. That trade publishers did not stop...

  • Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:31

    These days, if you want to be a children’s author, you need a gig. An act. A routine. You need to perform. Clocking up the miles as you try to promote your book to audiences of (hopefully) avid fans. You engage with your readers like never before.

    Following the recent explosion of the live experience in just about all other art...

  • Fri, 18/07/2014 - 13:42

    Publishing is a contradictory business. Last week, when talking about author earnings, we lamented the large numbers of new books being published, risking the dilution of writers’ incomes; this week we celebrate the fact that large numbers of books are being released—at the same time.

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  • Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:16

    Publishing companies are in the business of production and retail, but first and foremost they are places of creative exchange. A publisher is a meeting point, one where authors and creatives connect with an editor, so that readers can connect with a book. A home, but also a portal to thousands of other relationships.

    I was made...

  • Thu, 17/07/2014 - 12:45

    I have worked for Waterstones for five years and, like many booksellers (I’m assuming I’m not the only one), I occasionally search for my own name on our database. I’ve been an aspiring author my whole life and for the past four years I’ve been writing a novel. As I spend most of the day looking up books for customers...

  • Mon, 14/07/2014 - 15:12

    Three years ago, I wrote a blog with this headline about how the phrase “a Waterstones book” had become, for many publishers, shorthand for unpublishable, and how incalculable damage had been done to the industry by the way that books, like cheap sofas,...

  • Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:02

    Some years ago The Bookseller published the results of a survey into publisher salaries. It was not well received. One publisher complained. My hunch was that the publisher thought the figures reported were far too low, and that their wider broadcast would not reflect well on the sector.

    I was wrong. The publisher felt the...

  • Thu, 10/07/2014 - 15:23

    On Tuesday, ALCS released the headline findings from a major piece of research (the first since 2005) into what the typical UK author now earns. It’s an understatement to say that the survey “What Are Words Worth Now?...

  • Thu, 10/07/2014 - 10:24

    A few weeks ago I learned that I had been chosen for the inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.

    I was, of course, delighted. I told my wife, told my daughter and ran around the house. Then I discovered that the award was sponsored by Amazon and felt obliged to refuse it. The award was to be presented, along with many others...

  • Wed, 09/07/2014 - 11:33

    The results of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) survey, What are Words Worth Now?, published yesterday (8th July), tell a story that many authors know only too well: authors' earnings are falling fast....

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