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Moses Kilolo discusses how his pan-African writers' collective is "re-imagining African fiction publishing interesting ways."

Whither the imprint? Publishing imprints are part and parcel of modern publishing businesses, yet many question their use and effectiveness, particularly at a time when publishers are looking to build brands that consumers can recognise.

How much do writers get paid for their work? You might be surprised to learn that it is often more than the editors who make that work possible.

Many years ago, when I had just started writing books about philosophy, I got talking to two of my newly acquired peers. I asked one what he was currently working on, which as conversational gambits go is about as original as asking a novelist where she gets her ideas from. Having heard his...

With a record shattering box office take of more than $90 million in its first four days of release, 50 Shades of Grey is once again headline news. But at Addicting Info, Nathaniel Downes makes the case that the book the film is based on "is a flagrant violation of copyright laws."

As publishing professionals, we should want writers to understand each stage of the process: how they are acquired, marketed and sold, argues one publisher.

Commentary: 'It doesn't mean you have to publish it' 2 March 2015

‘Just because you write a poem, it doesn't mean you have to publish it. If I'm just writing because I happen to have had an idea, I'm completely free to write it, fiddle around with it, take as long as I like, and then I can decide quite a long time afterwards what I want to do with it. There's...

Whats new: 23 February 2015 - What's new 23 February 2015
  • News Review on the new fashion for open submissions, a Comment from new writer Tony Schumacher, MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed'...
News Review: Open submission - a fad or an opportunity? 23 February 2015

Are things changing in terms of publishers accepting submissions or is the latest fashion for ‘open submissions' just a fashion? Big publishers abandoned what was rudely called ‘the slush pile' some years ago, so why are some imprints now having open submission periods, mostly of only two weeks...

In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and...

"Think fast!"

As kids, that's what we used to say at school recess when tossing the ball around. Is "Think fast!" what we're now saying when we read? is moving aggressively into publishing novellas (or short novels) in e-book format, and they just announced their first list of titles. But why is (and everybody else) so convinced that shorter is better for e-books? Editorial assistant Carl Engle-Laird explains.

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