It used to be so simple. Months before publication, in retail chain head offices up and down the land, publishers and booksellers between them would decide on the range of books that constituted the Christmas bestsellers. Some negotiating, horse trading and promotional spend later, from early October through to 24th December, the books you would see front of store tended to be a permanent fixture. Whether they were selling particularly well or not.
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Do you have a friend or loved one nearing the end of their writing project? Are you yourself in the editing stages of your novel?
We’ve teamed up with some of our most experienced editors to offer you the opportunity to buy an Editorial Report this Christmas.
We spoke to Philip Watson, Commissioning Editor for Thames & Hudson’s Museum division. Philip started working for Thames & Hudson over 20 years ago as a desk editor, with brief interludes writing and translating. Titles he has handled for T&H include The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum), Kimonos (from the Khalili Collection), Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron, books on monsters, mythology and the occult, as well as various photography and fashion titles (Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style, Dior: New Looks, The World According to Karl). We spoke to him about passion projects, the importance of a good project manager for ambitious projects and the one illustrated book that we cannot miss this autumn.
Emily Labram is product manager at Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing management system, and a Bookseller Rising Star of 2016. In her previous roles at HarperCollins, she created the Game of Thrones app that won FutureBook’s Digital Book of the Year. Her mission at Bibliocloud is to liberate publishers through automation so they can focus on the work that matters. Here she shares some valuable tips on automating your workflow.
We spoke to John Schwab of Curtain Call, a brand that brings London’s thriving theatre industry together. John, an actor and writer, started Curtain Call with Matt Humphrey, a photographer specialising in theatre. Their first photography book, Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre has satiated the curiousity of thousands of theatre enthusiasts and is now up for a British Book Production and Design award.
We spoke to Ed Faulkner, Deputy Publisher at the Ebury Publishing Division at Penguin Random House UK. Ed is responsible for overseeing the Vermilion, Virgin and WH Allen imprints. His authors include Sir Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, Steve Hilton, Ray Davies and Peter Thiel. He has published a wide range of bestselling books in categories including business, technology, current affairs, history and music.
We’ve gathered some Freelancer, Author and Publisher Tipsheets for you, from some of the best in the business. Advising on a variety of specialisms, skills and topics, these experts have generously shared with us what they’ve learned in their long and varied careers. Whether you’re a publishing specialist just starting your freelance career, or an author wanting to know more about the publishing process, we hope there’s something here for you. And if not – watch this space, there’s more to come on the blog each week.
We spoke to Ali Albazaz, CEO and founder of Inkitt, a data-driven publisher that uses an artificially intelligent algorithm to analyse online users’ reading patterns. With a background in computer science, Ali believes predictive analysis has the potential to make the publishing industry more fair and objective. We asked him about how he came to form his company with designer Linda Gavin, the value of data in book agenting and how they built up the site’s core audience and readership.
We are pleased to reproduce this brilliant essay on typography’s evolving significance in a digital landscape by UX designer and typography enthusiast Matej Latin. Read on for an abridged history of typography and its changing relationship with humanity. This article was originally published on Matej’s blog A Day in the Life of a Designer. Among Matej’s other ventures is Gutenberg, a web typography starter kit that brings meaning and craftsmanship to web typography. Matej is originally from Slovenia.
We asked Emily Banyard of publicity agency FMcM Associates to provide us with some tips for those interested in getting started in book publicity and we sure got what we asked for – enough for a two-part tipsheet. Very much worth memorising if you’re an author as well as a fledgeling publicist. Read and share her sage advice!