• Lockdown diaries: the agent

    By Hayley Steed

    Agent at Madeleine Milburn

    Agents are often described as friends and therapists as well as a tough negotiators. The former really came into its own when COVID-19 hit. We... Read more

  • Not now, Barnard

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This week J K Rowling unveiled a new children’s tale, The Ickabog, a story about truth and the abuse of power. Not about now, the... Read more

  • Bursting the South Asian literary bubble

    By Pragya Agarwal

    Author at Bloomsbury

    Today sees the launch of South Asian LitFest, a free, live online festival I've created to show celebrate and showcase authors both from the subcontinent and the diasporic South... Read more

  • The academic digital revolution is here... again

    By Sam Herbert

    Co-founder at 67 Bricks

    What’s an industry painstakingly crafted on authority, history and traditional processes to do, when suddenly the world rips up the rule book and says: Forget... Read more

  • Lockdown diary: the literary editor

    By Federico Andornino

    Editorial director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson

    I was in Paris when Covid-19 became a reality. It was the weekend of 21st February and I was there for a quick family reunion:... Read more

  • Rebirth: how we moved the Jhalak Prize online

    By Sunny Singh

    Chair of judges at Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year

    This year's Jhalak Prize winner will be announced online, a "scrappy, rough at the edges ‘ceremony’ with video clips, image cards and zoom chats".... Read more

  • What now for authors? On writing, coping and facing the future

    By Emily Reynolds

    Writer at National Survivor Union Network

    Sanjana Varghese had been working as a freelance journalist in London for around a year when the coronavirus pandemic hit.  As countries around the world... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the children's publisher

    By Kate Wilson

    Managing director at Nosy Crow

    One evening a week or so ago, I was speaking to a friend in another publishing company, sitting at the kitchen table, glass of wine... Read more

  • Après nous, le déluge

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Last week, more than 140 French independent publishers wrote an open letter claiming that under French publishing’s happy facade, lies a real story of “overproduction”,... Read more

  • Marketing to kids in difficult times

    By Georgia Henry

    Campaign executive at Rocket

    Many months ago, when we all sat in our meeting rooms, sipping coffee and bouncing campaign ideas around, I don’t think any one of us... Read more

  • Children's illustrations: what publishers want now

    By Pam Smy

    Associate lecturer in illustration at Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University

    Editors and art directors will know the excitement of seeing an idea for a book at its earliest stages and seeing it evolve and develop... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the trade publisher

    By Francesca Pathak

    Publishing director at Orion

    Lockdown is not something that is at all suited to my personality – I miss my friends, I miss my life and perhaps most importantly... Read more

  • Mental health matters

    By Jo Lal

    Publisher at Trigger

    We are living through an unprecedented time in global history. The coronavirus pandemic has hit every industry, and – this is not news to any of... Read more

  • Finding your literary voice - with a working class accent

    By Graeme Armstrong

    Author at Picador

    At the beginning of 2020, well before my debut novel was published, I was invited to an evening soiree in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library – a... Read more

  • Why book prizes matter more than ever

    By Preti Taneja

    Chair at Desmond Elliott prize

    The pandemic and lockdown have affected the book industry from the fate of distributors to the closure of independent shops to the drop in individual... Read more

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