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Commentary: When your first book is a bestseller 17 September 2019

‘Sometimes I feel like I talk about these things too dramatically. I'm sure some writers might read this and go, "For f*** sake you just published a book. Get over yourself." But you have to understand - before, there was none of it, then everything changed...

It's changed my life, and...

Whats new: 9 September 2019 - What's new 9 September 2019
  • 'I put my whole soul into this book, but I didn't allow myself to hope that it would lead to anything. In fact I firmly hedged my bets against it having any success at all, because it would have been too painful to hope and then be disappointed.

In 1965 the eminent American science-fiction writer John W Campbell wrote an essay titled The Barbarians Within. In it, he recommended that "the barbarian" - and it was clear he meant African Americans - be injected with cocaine and heroin in order to be kept under control. It was a plan that,...

"I decided to have a book of poems published at my own expense." It was 1909, a year before William Carlos Williams would open his pediatric practice in his hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey. A friend of his father owned a local print shop, so Williams paid for Poems, his 22-page chapbook, to...

Link: The Crime Novels of WWII | CrimeReads 9 September 2019

If crime fiction reflects society, what can books published during wartime tell us about ourselves? Historical events obviously help shape our society and form our sense of cultural identity, and crime fiction is one mechanism for people to reflect upon that identity.

Since 2012, the year I began working exclusively with self-publishers, I've helped more than 100 authors create self-publishing imprints. Some of these were formed as corporations and LLCs, but most were in name only.

People have been trying to ban J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books ever since they hit shelves more than 20 years ago.

As video content continues to grow in popularity and importance-with the original video sharing platform YouTube now the second most visited website in the world (behind Google)-are publishers doing enough to capitalise on this highly effective and engaging form of marketing?

In every informational interview I've participated in, students and interns begin in the same way-what they most want me to know about them, even before the school they're going to (or in one case, even their name): They love to read. When I hear this my heart sinks. I don't want to put these...

Born in Maine in 1947, Stephen King wrote his first published novel, Carrie, in 1974 and has spent the subsequent half-century documenting the monsters and heroes of small-town America. His rogues' gallery of characters runs the gamut from killer clowns and demonic cars to psychotic fans and...

'I put my whole soul into this book, but I didn't allow myself to hope that it would lead to anything. In fact I firmly hedged my bets against it having any success at all, because it would have been too painful to hope and then be disappointed," she said. "But then this happens, and I'm proven...

Whats new: 2 September 2019 - What's new 2 September 2019
  • 'The book trade tends to get into a publishing bubble. Readers don't understand why they have to wait for the audio book or ebook; a simultaneous release is very important for them. Whenever a new format launches, we as the publishing industry acquire new audiences, and that's important...

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