Category Archives: Author
It was hard to ignore the overriding sense from all authors attending the recent Bookseller Author Day conference of the desire for greater transparency, regardless of whether you are traditionally published or not. So it is in that spirit that I tell of a conversation this week with a writer whitefox has worked with over the past year, someone without an agent but with a finished manuscript, looking ideally for a traditional publishing partner. Through his own networking, he seems to have found someone potentially interested, a known publisher with many years of output. This publisher has offered him this proposal: they will publish his book, on the understanding that he contributes £9,000 towards the editorial process.
We talked to Douglas Wight, co-author (with Jennifer Wiley) of Hot Right Now: The Definitive Biography of Rita Ora about the book that he created and brought to market in less than 3 months, his curiosity surrounding pop culture and his thoughts on a possible new model for self-publishing.
whitefox were recently involved in the publication of an unauthorised biography of chart-topping singer and X-Factor judge Rita Ora.
Authors Douglas Wight and Jennifer Wiley came to whitefox while they were deliberating how to publish their book. After researching and writing the book, they were in the unusual situation of securing a serial deal with a national newspaper before they had a publisher in place. They had interest from publishers and a concrete offer but for a variety of reasons the traditional route didn’t appeal to them on this occasion. Wight approached whitefox and in a matter of weeks Hot Right Now, A Definitive Biography of Rita Ora was being sold on Amazon and in WHSmiths nationwide.
Dan Holloway writes for the Guardian Books Blog, is the co-author of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ book Opening Up to Indie Authors, is a poet and self-published author. We asked him to tell us about his 6 years experience in self-publishing.
We invited Lisa Goll, founder of the London Writer’s Cafe, to share her insights on the isolation of writing and the benefits of connecting with other writers.