‘A Hybrid World’: HarperCollins’ Restivo-Alessi in Germany

By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson Editor-in-Chief “Absolutely vital to stick to a digital agenda” A voice of reason amid recent “print resurgence” hosannas, HarperCollins’ Chief Digital Officer and Vice President of International, Chantal Restivo-Alessi gave the keynote address at the Future! Publish conference event, which was staged in Berlin on January 28 and 29. Focusing on… Read More

2016: An International Coalition of Author Advocacy Challenges Publishing Contracts

The author contract battle goes global Dated today, 5th January, the Authors Guild’s open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing’s relations with authors. This is a coordinated campaign being mounted by the world’s key author-advocacy organisations. The letter’s signatories include the UK’s Society of Authors, the Authors Licensing… Read More

Divisions and support at #AuthorDay

Open submissions, face-to-face feedback New developments in our Author Day (#AuthorDay) planning for 30th November are helping us to bring elements of practical author support, one-on-one networking, and advice into the mix alongside our issues-driven core discussions. Quickly: Publishers and editors from Pan Macmillan and from HarperCollins’ divisions Harper Fiction, The Borough Press and Harlequin will… Read More

Mega-Wattpad Stardom: The Before And After Of Anna Todd

 ‘I Got Impatient’ After all, Anna Todd was not yet an author. “Never thought about it.” She certainly is one now. But she arrived at Wattpad, as do the great majority of its users, as a reader. “I read for four months before I started writing anything.” And then one of the oldest bits of wisdom… Read More

Do you fear reader analytics?

Just a day before we got the news this week that Authonomy was to be closed by HarperCollins UK, London-based entrepreneur Andrew Rhomberg had posted at Digital Book World his Fear of Data column. In that piece,Jellybooks’ Rhomberg writes: The availability of reading data is probably causing more angst than any other because it strikes at… Read More

‘Putting Readers First’ At BEA: Gatekeepers, Curators, And ‘Too Many Books’

‘Readers Are The Power Brokers Who Matter Most’ Readers decide. Readers come first, as they are the primary filters. Imprints, choices, and selections should really mean something. Brand can’t be faked in this area. Publish fewer books; publish better books. The concept has begun gaining traction as it dawns on many of us that “discoverability”… Read More

Publishing For Digital Minds Conference Opens London Book Fair Monday

Setting The Tone In A New Setting Putting together a major publishing conference program is never easy. But putting one together to open one of the year’s leading trade shows is particularly tricky: there are a lot of competing interests, most of them on the commercial side of the industry. And the audience for one… Read More

‘Do You Love Your Publisher?’ #AuthorSay Is Hanging On Every Word

‘To Encourage More Professional Authors To Speak Out’ Originating with our report at The Bookseller’s The FutureBook in London, the news of a new online survey today (March 2) could mean a better understanding of authors’ experiences in what is sometimes called “legacy” publishing. A US-UK effort is gathering fresh perspectives on the “quiet side” of… Read More

Josh Malerman's ‘Bird Box’ Named Horror Novel Of The Year

Also: Finalist For A Bram Stoker Award You write because you love reading, and you write horror because you believe in the monsters, you believe in the imagination, you believe in the dark. I BELIEVE IN THE DARK. Josh Malerman Josh Malerman has won This Is Horror’s Novel of the Year award blindfolded. Don’t take it… Read More