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17 November 2017
Before You Sign | Prizes and Competitions
This month we asked the advisors what you should look out for when entering prizes and competitions.
15 November 2017
Abuse and the poison of silence | EA Wheal
Last Friday, in response to the waves of allegations surfacing in the film industry, The Bookseller published the results of an anonymous survey into sexual harassment in the publishing industry...
20 October 2017
What's in a Word? | Jamila Gavin
Children's author Jamila Gavin writes on language, diversity and the power of words.
18 October 2017
Before You Sign | Accounting Terms for Authors
Our experts give a rundown of your contract’s fiddly financial bits.
02 October 2017
Why the celeb-heavy World Book Day list IS a problem
The celebrification of children’s literature is not new but it reached what my mother-in-law used to call a “peak low” with the list of books announced as World Book Day giveaway...
02 October 2017
The Micawber principle
Andrew Franklin of Profile Books opens up his accounts for inspection.
18 September 2017
The Writer's Paradox - Ahmet Altan
‘They may have the power to imprison me but no one has the power to keep me in prison,’ writes imprisoned Turkish author Ahmet Altan on the eve of his trial.
15 September 2017
Before You Sign | Copyright Crash Course
Brush up your knowledge on copyright with this quick guide.
05 September 2017
Reaching new authors | WriteNow
Penguin Random House's WriteNow scheme aims to mentor and publish new writers from under-represented communities. Three writers, Geraldine Quigley, Katie Hale and Chris Brougham, tell...
24 August 2017
7 Tips to Avoid Pitfalls in Motion Picture/TV Rights Option Agreements
Lawyer Robert Zipser's tips to help navigate your option agreements.
17 August 2017
Seven habits of highly effective authors
Chris Alton considers the value of events for less well-known authors – and how to make smaller events bigger.
15 August 2017
Before You Sign | Special Sales
Our seven steps for publishers on highly-discounted 'special sales'.
15 July 2017
Before You Sign | Morality Clauses
Contract clauses that allow a publisher to drop an author who acts "immorally" are becoming more common in the UK. These clauses are far too wide in their remit and we recommend that...
16 June 2017
Writing as a carer, by Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson details the experience of writing as a full-time carer.
17 May 2017
Everything a Writer Needs
Philip Paris explores the opportunities of ScotsWrite, the upcoming writers' conference near Glasgow.
15 May 2017
Finding Hidden Talent
Broadcaster and children's author Hilary Robinson describes the value of what's not said.
12 May 2017
Tips for New Writers
At the Authors' North Broadcasting Day we caught up with some established screenwriters to ask them for their best tips.
11 April 2017
The Power of Pictures
Charlotte Hacking of CLPE shares the findings of their study on the effectiveness of picture books in education.
03 April 2017
Report from the London Book Fair
Janet Laurence, author and member of the Management Committee, reports back from her time at the London Book Fair.
27 February 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Wheal: Talent is Everywhere
As the awards season climaxed on Sunday with the Oscars and the shambles of Envelopegate, the debate about diversity in the creative industries is headlining again.
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