"Your Mum is not well at all...she is having an emergency brain scan". This was the email my Dad had sent to me desperately trying to get in touch with me. I was oblivious and happily travelling in West Africa with no phone or computer to be contacted on. As you can imagine, Internet cafes haven't yet reached Guinea Bissau or Côte d'Ivoire. When we reached Accra in Ghana, a lovely couple I had met, Lynn and David who lived in the Blue Mountains in Australia, kindly let me borrow their computer to check my inbox.
Harry Bingham, who runs the site The Writer’s Workshop, contacted us today to ‘pre-warn’ of a fairly rudely worded blog post he’ll be putting up tomorrow... Shall we share this with you all now...?
The post itself is littered with swear words and insults (and also a couple of spelling errors – surprising for a gentleman who runs a business model such as his), so we thought it best to do what we’ve done so well recently and respond as best we can.
There is a lot of confusion online about what hybrid publishing actually is and we’d like to help clear a few things up, as some bloggers and reviewers have written about how publishing is ‘black and white’, rather than a spectrum. This sometimes turns authors away from hybrid publishers, like ourselves, which means that some books might not get published, and great reads unfortunately slip through the cracks.
A YouGov poll rates being an author the most desirable job in Britain – with 60% of people saying they’d like to do it for a living. This is 24% higher than those who want to be a TV presenter and a remarkable 29% higher than those who want to be a movie star.
Most of you authors out there will testify to the fact that being an author is REALLY. HARD. WORK.
However, you'll also probably all agree with George Orwell, who famously said: "one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon which one can neither resist nor understand."
Months of planning, design and preparation culminated in three days of brilliance at the London Book Fair. We had such an amazing time, talking to the other publishers, agents, students and of course, the authors.
We had the chance to meet some fantastic people who could very well be the next big bestseller and we had the absolute pleasure of seeing some of our own authors again, where we were able to talk about marketing, future publications and grab a photo opportunity with as many as we could.
There’s an argument to be made that, when you’re first starting out, the most important part of your business is your customers. After all, they’re the ones that use your services and products, and ultimately ensure that you’re successful as a functioning business.
However, customers begin to have a contender for the ‘most important’ award once the company has become established.
The 2nd March 2017. Just another normal day, right?
Wrong! It’s World Book Day, and a day everyone in the office thinks of fondly as the day that children everywhere get to head off to school dressed up as their favourite book character in celebration of all things books.
In 'Prometheus Ascending', London based author William P. Thomson introduces us to Sir James Robert Carvel and his ‘Team' - professors Richard Beckler, Anthony Morrow and Ernst Kraser who, in August 1985, carried out the first human brain transplant. Was this to be another milestone in transplant history or a dramatic experiment with far reaching consequences? This is a fascinating and very readable account of what came to be known as ‘The Carvel Experiment', and of the four men who pioneered it.