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Mr Big Nose, our publisher

I have been sent a couple of pages of The 13-Storey Treehouse, one of which contains a picture of Mr Big Nose, a publisher who is demanding his book from the hapless authors. They make the following observation. We were … Continue reading

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I apprehend caducity

“I apprehend caducity” says Bennett in Margaret Drabble’s The Dark Flood Rises, a book that shows us different aspects of ageing. The cast of older people write and read books, and they are not always against the digital, even though … Continue reading

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Who exactly buys “art books”?

‘Who exactly buys “art books”?’ Widmerpool asks in Volume 2 of A Dance to the Music of Time, the sort of difficult question the newcomer to publishing may be asked at any party, and not always one that can be … Continue reading

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What’s in it for writers (and publishers) at Mold-on-Wold?

At a time when the Society of Authors and various big name writers are campaigning to get fees for those who perform at literary festivals in the UK, it’s interesting to read Mark McCrum’s Fest. Set at the Mold-on-Wold Literary … Continue reading

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Nice office for a struggling publisher

For Christmas, the BBC is showing a film that has a publisher for a central character. The trailer for Not Another Happy Ending can be seen here. The first impression is that everyone is suitably good looking and Tom Duvall, described as the … Continue reading

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Times change for a Soho Boy

In Funny Girl by Nick Hornby,“Bill didn’t know what you were supposed to do with books you’d written yourself. He didn’t know any publishers. He didn’t know any literary agents”. Surprisingly, his novel Diary of a Soho Boy (about homosexuality … Continue reading

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Author development is the key to survival

In Howard Jacobson’s gloriously filthy novel Zoo Time, writer Guy Ableman is having trouble adapting to changes in literary taste, publishing, reading and his private life. Guy is not the only one to be dismayed by the turn of events. “A couple … Continue reading

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