Tue, 11/03/2014 - 13:00
It wasn’t until 4 a.m., a mere five hours before we were to first open our doors to the public on Saturday 8th February, that I gave myself the luxury of taking a deep breath and looking around our newest shop to see what had been achieved.
Inevitable delays, long hours of labour, last-minute fixes and multiple blisters all...
Tue, 11/03/2014 - 12:48
A friend of mine often says that if you do not want to wait for someone to build a future you don’t like, you had better build one that suits you. Most publishers run their businesses with great focus and skill. Independent publishers have thrived in the Age of Attention and Abundance because we are intimate with our product, our...
Mon, 10/03/2014 - 12:36
Ernest Hemingway had a brilliant way of describing the relationship between a novelist and Hollywood. The novelist—who of course lives on the East Coast—drives out to the Californian border to meet the film producer, who has driven up from Los Angeles. The novelist silently tosses over the manuscript of his novel and the producer...
Mon, 10/03/2014 - 12:30
Fri, 07/03/2014 - 15:01
Way back in 2005 when the current owners of the Chorleywood Bookshop met one day in the street, Sheryl Shurville, then a co-owner of the bookshop, said to Morag Watkins, then a manager in the local library, "do you think we could stage a Literary Festival in Chorleywood"? Instant agreement saw the birth of the first Chorleywood...
Thu, 06/03/2014 - 16:42
Hanif Kureishi has branded creative writing courses “a waste of time”. According to him, “99.9%” of creative writing students are not talented. As well as being a pretty damning assessment of those he teaches the subject to at...
Wed, 05/03/2014 - 15:48
On 6th March, children’s books and the joy of reading will be celebrated up and down the country as part of World Book Day. As an independent children’s book publisher, we have taken part in World Book Day on a smaller scale in the past, but this year we wanted to try something a bit different.
The parent blogging network...
Wed, 05/03/2014 - 15:40
Teen sexuality is something adults like to pontificate about as if we’ve forgotten what it’s like to think about everything on the spectrum from kissing to sex every other second. But teenagers who have sex are no more morally reprehensible than those who don’t. Do pregnant teens on TV—there because a sperm hit an egg...
Wed, 05/03/2014 - 15:34
There’s nothing to beat the atmosphere in Oxford once the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival gets under way. This year visitors will come from far and wide to hear a range of authors—from Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman to Jeremy Paxman, A C Grayling and Eleanor Catton. But for us, as the official online and on-site...
Fri, 28/02/2014 - 15:42
What have publishers ever done for us? The question, a variation on the Monty Python joke about the Romans, is an important one. In an age when authors can bypass publishers, how do we recognise the value of the “publishing” process, and how do we talk about it?
The current online debate around publishing online is not an...