We spoke to Anna Hughes, founder and editorial director of The Pigeonhole. Anna has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade. She has had a brief fling with the Erotic Review, a minor assignation with Condé Nast and a long and complicated relationship with Random House. She then swapped sides and went to see how the other half lived at Peter Fraser & Dunlop, before jacking in the traditional and going rogue with The Pigeonhole. In 2015 she was named a Rising Star and shortlisted as Digital Achiever of the Year. She tells us she is actually rather disgusted by pigeons.
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We interviewed Michel Lafrance, the founder and managing director of The Owl Field, a 3D audio storytelling production company. His work received the bronze award for The Bookseller FutureBook BookTech Company of the Year 2015. Here we speak to him about the beginnings of his company, the source of The Owl Field’s content and which genre lends itself particularly well to a 3D audio experience.
We asked Ben Galley, author and self-publishing consultant, for some author marketing best practices. Read on for practical advice from a self-publishing veteran with a loyal following and a thriving writing career. If you like Ben’s tips but want to take things a step further with one-on-one support from the man himself, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We interviewed one half of the team behind book-themed apparel company and new app Litsy, Todd Lawton (right). We spoke to him about new manifestations of literary appreciation, how readers are choosing to enter conversations about books, and what to keep as a priority when starting a business.
We went to whitefox freelancer Monica Byles for some expert advice on maintaining a successful career as a freelance copyeditor. Read on to find out if any of Monica’s tips are new to you, or whether you’re already a copyediting superstar. Remember, you’re up against decades of editorial experience!
We spoke to Guy Vincent, founder of crowd-publishing startup Publishizer. Publishizer allows authors to gather pre-orders for their books in order to be matched with the publisher or publishing service providers that are best for them. Guy elaborated on the challenging initial period of setting up his business, the future of publishing and why we should be looking to data for our answers.
We interviewed William Johnson, Programme Director of Lambda Literary, a New York based organisation committed to promoting and supporting LGBTQ lives within the literary world. He spoke to us about the importance of LGBTQ representation in literature, the value of the Lambda’s Writing Retreat and the ways in which LGBTQ people outside of London and New York can get support for their writing.
Last month, we profiled a series of publishing freelancers and literary scenes thriving outside the pre-established centres of London and New York. London’s publishing industry, as evidenced by Stephen Page’s call to action at Derby University last month, is becoming increasingly aware of the need for an industry less concentrated in certain locations and on a certain demographic of people.
We spoke to Paul Sherreard, Programme Manager at Spread the Word and one of 2016’s Unsung Heroes of Publishing, about Spread the Word’s Flight 1000 programme, the importance of good partnerships and what you can do to further the reach of London’s cultural resources.