Here’s why good editors are future-proof

By Chris Meadows
October 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Editors seem to fall prey to a sort of odd love-hate relationship. They more than anyone else are responsible for improving author manuscripts into something of publishable quality—just look at how often we’re inclined to complain when a book is “badly edited.” But on the other hand, a lot [...]

UK’s Anvil and Carcanet Presses to merge

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two of the UK’s most important independent literary publishers, Anvil Press Poetry and Carcanet Press, have announced a merger that will relocate Anvil’s operations from Greenwich to Carcanet’s Manchester base. This will create “the most diverse world poetry list in the [...]

World’s oldest literary work gets an addendum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Epic of Gilgamesh is usually styled the world’s oldest great work of literature. an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. The epic poem dates from around 2100 BC, and only around two thirds of its known length have survived. Now the History Blog has shared academic findings on the discovery [...]

Type Machine will let you rescue typed text from app crashes

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Have you ever spent long minutes painstakingly tapping or swyping out a message in an app on your Android phone only to lose it all when the app crashes, or you accidentally tap the wrong thing and go back to your home screen only to find your hard work gone when you get back? Or maybe you just [...]

The writer’s desk: 2015 edition, gadgets included

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my piece with an animated GIF on the evolution of the writer’s desk over the past 34 years, I thought I’d share my own – set up afresh this week following a kind donation from a buddy who’s moving apartments. Tucked away in the corner of my new apartment is my new [...]

Writers: How your desk has evolved in the past 34 years

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers everywhere, here’s a handy GIF perspective on the evolution of your favorite workspace: your desk. This animation purports to show the development of the desk from 1981 until 2014, although a Thinkpad stays remarkably unevolved throughout much of that period. But the rest all changes [...]

Film deal for “The Loney” shows how indies can break big

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

A while ago I had the pleasure to review The Loney, by Andrew Michael Hurley, at that point published by Tartarus Press in a limited-edition 300-copy hardback, with parallel release of an ebook. Obviously, others were watching Hurley and Tartarus, because a short while later, agent Aitken Alexander [...]

Authors: How you’re losing your rights

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

A recent pair of posts in The Bookseller highlight the scramble for global and subsidiary rights among publishers and agents – a scrum in which authors are in danger of being trampled. As individual authors and advocacy groups like the UK Society of Authors have protested time and time again, [...]

What keywords should you choose for your book title?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

BookBub, that popular book recommendation service, has run a very useful graphic piece for authors entitled “What are the Most Popular Title Trends in Your Genre?”, illustrating the most popular word choices for titles in various genres through a series of word clouds. The methodology, [...]

Smaller web encyclopedias can be more authoritative than Wikipedia

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Quartz has an article about a relatively small on-line encyclopedia of philosophy at Stanford that manages to accomplish the complete trinity of being authoritative, comprehensive, and up to date. Other on-line knowledge sources only manage to hit one or two of those. Wikipedia, for example, is [...]

‘Serial Box’ brings TV style serial production to e-books and audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

These days, people do a lot more TV-watching than book-reading. There are quite a few differences between the two media, after all. Even leaving aside that one of them is more visual and the other relies on the cinema of the imagination, TV shows tend to be serialized and produced by teams of [...]

AP Stylebook comes to e-book format

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

The AP Stylebook is a singularly important newsroom resource, used in English-language newspapers and magazines all over the world to provide guidelines on things like whether to hyphenate “email” and a zillion other formatting niceties that no one person can ever remember all of. With that [...]

Some really useful how-tos from the Open University

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

As many will know, the Open University is the UK’s leading provider of distance learning at college level, which exists to “promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their [...]

Are computers destined to be the new literary critics?

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

From using computers to examine students taking tests, we move on to using computers to examine the books authors write. Because there are just so darned many of them, after all, that who could possibly read them all anymore? At least, that’s what Franco Moretti, one of the chief proponents of a [...]

Is a blank screen all you need for distraction-free writing?

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s an accepted piece of conventional writerly wisdom that the way to get more writing done is to avoid all possible distractions. That’s why keyboard-and-screen-only gizmos like the Alphasmart or the Freewrite (nee Hemingwrite) always get so much play whenever they pop up. But you can [...]

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