Creative Writing Courses | BBC Radio 4 – You & Yours

There was an interesting discussion on today’s edition of the BBC Radio 4 consumer programme You & Yours about creative writing courses, and specifically those run by big publishers like Faber and Bloomsbury. Liz Thomson of Bookbrunch and Jason Cooper of the Faber Academy appeared on the programme and expressed very different views. Thomson considers some of these types […]

The Future of Publishing 2020: A Program for Publishers and Self-Publishers (Part 2)

In January this year, as part of my series of articles on The Future of Publishing 2020, I finished with A Program for Publishers and Self-Publishers – Part 1. I looked at the role of self-publishing, its development and shift (or acceptance if you will) into the world of mainstream publishing, specifically through new imprints […]

Choosing a Self-Publishing Service – Book Launch | LBF 2013

At London Book Fair 2013, the Alliance of Independent Authors launched ‘Choosing a self-publishing service’, written by Ben Galley and Mick Rooney of ALLi, the book is a must-read for anyone considering self-publishing. It helps navigate the fast-moving world of author services companies and contains the experiences of a lot of authors as well as advising […]

Digital Minds Conference – The Great Apocalypse! | LBF2013

Today’s Digital Minds Conference unofficially kicked off the London Book Fair 2013. Philip Jones’ opening piece in The Bookseller reflects the mood and metaphors floating through the air. It seems the book industry moguls (and author, Neil Gaiman) consider us in the midst of a great apocalypse! From The Bookseller: “Books as sharks, publishers as dinosaurs, digital […]

Barnes & Noble Relaunch PubIt as Nook Press with a Little Help from Fastpencil

Barnes & Noble has announced the rebranding of PubIt, its DIY self-publishing platform for authors wanting to publish their books on the Nook. The new platform will be called Nook Press and will have additional features in partnership with another self-publishing provider, Fastpencil. Nook Press still looks more like a rebranding than any real kind […]