Where My Heart Used To Beat - A Cover Story Designer Glenn O’Neill reveals the inspiration and process behind his gilded cover for Sebastian Faulks’s new book Where my Heart Used to Beat. The title is...
The author Joanne Harris has shed light on her experience of sexism in the publishing industry in a series of tweets.
Harris, whose books include psychological thrillers, the Rune fantasy series, and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, told of being ignored by a male presenter while on a panel with three male guests before a female presenter came out to interview her, and being asked repeatedly about EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey book while on her last US tour.
Sharon Bakar's insight:
"No man in publishing is ever described as 'juggling' anything," she said. "His work is art. Women's work is a hobby."
The news that, for the first time in a long time, Waterstones is beginning to show signs of modest growth (new shops; new optimism; new markets) is symbolic of a sea-change in the world of books. Whisper it discreetly, but the book is showing signs of making a modest comeback, with British bookselling exhibiting the symptoms of an unfamiliar, fragile optimism. .
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Waterstones turns a corner, there's cautious optimism about the future of books, and James Daunt talks about how bookshops need to adapt.
This makes a great deal of sense. I'm buying far fewer Kindle books because I find them over-priced. If I have to pay the paperback price (and sometimes more), I'd rather buy the physical book. This of course makes no sense since an ebooks doesn't carry the overheads of printing costs, distribution, warehousing and retailing.
Publishing is a corporatised, market-driven, bottom-line privileging of the blockbuster, maintained by writers’ low-wage drudgery. Marketing is king, and critics absorb the advertising code: do not offend
There’s no escaping the discriminatory reality that aspiring Asian authors are at a disadvantage when it comes to publishing written works, or worse, convincing book publishers that yours is one that captures the global audience. British Chinese author of The Life of a Banana and editor-in-chief of Banana Writers, the Singapore-based PP Wong dispenses five tips to combat rejection and racism in the industry. PP: When I wrote The Life of a Banana, I did not want to hold back on the hard-to-stomac
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