Mike Stoner was born in the UK, but currently lives in Prague with his family. He spent a year in Indonesia, which provided a lot of the inspiration for his first novel, Jalan Jalan. He was selected for The Guardian’s self-published book of the month before finding a traditional publisher. He currently teaches English, trains teachers and does freelance writing. He’s planning to finish his next novel by the end of the year.
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Anna Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto, California. Now a student in Brown University’s eight-year medical programme, she continues to pursue her interest in healing through the science of medicine and the power of narrative.
Hybrid author Carol Cooper is a doctor, journalist and president of the Guild of Health Writers. She contributes to The Sun, broadcasts on TV and radio and has a string of trade-published non-fiction books to her name. Now she writes and publishes novels, the latest being Hampstead Fever, a contemporary tale of urban life.
Adam Croft self-published nine books, selling tens of thousands of copies and turning down numerous publishing deals, before meeting his match with Amazon Publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer. He has been featured on the BBC and in the Guardian and is regarded as one of the most successful hybrid authors to date.
We are pleased to offer this advice on working with a ghostwriter from the man dubbed ‘one of the most successful – if not the most successful ghostwriter in the world’ by the BBC. Andrew Crofts has written over a hundred books, many of which have become bestsellers. Here he shares some sage advice on choosing and collaborating with a ghostwriter on your book.
We spoke to Becky Chambers, the author of the award-nominated science fiction novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and its stand-alone sequel, A Closed & Common Orbit. She also writes nonfiction essays and short stories, which can be found in various places around the internet. Having lived in Scotland and Iceland, she is currently back in her home state of California. She can be found online at otherscribbles.com and @beckysaysrawr.
We spoke to Rowland White, bestselling author and Publishing Director at Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He talked to us about the omnipresent Ladybird humour books, dogs in publishing and the shift away from aspirational reading lists.
We asked freelancer Simon Toseland to provide some tips for people looking to start a ghostwriting career. Simon has worked in the broadcast media, in publishing, with charities, and as an author, a freelance writer and editor.
We spoke to Emma Perry, organiser of International Book Giving Day. Emma has been obsessed with books for as long as she can remember – a graduate of English Literature, she is also a teacher and the founder of the children’s book review website My Book Corner. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Golden Egg Academy.
Paul Sellars is a freelance copywriter specialising in cover copy in the publishing industry. He works with clients including HarperCollins, Penguin and whitefox.