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How should academic publishers respond to Lulu's academic self-publishing option?

Lulu is building on its successful self-publishing model by launching Glasstree, specifically for the academic market.…

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21 March 2017


Do you consult your authors before selling at deep discounts?

I suspect that the answer is usually no … Publishers have generally reserved the right to strike what they believe to be the best business deals, and that can include bulk sales at very high discounts.…

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6 December 2016


Our editorial courses run one final time this autumn, please support if you can

Our Essential Editorial Skills Workshop was introduced in 2006 and Profitable Commissioning a year later, and we’ve had a lot of fun running both over the years.…

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18 August 2015


Toe-curling spoof conversation between an author and their publisher

This appeared on the blog of author Joseph Andrew Konrath back in 2010, and has just been rediscovered by me as I trawled through some of our back articles.…

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14 April 2015


Anna Faherty on a scientific approach to publishing decisions

Publishing in the past has relied on gut decisions, since new books don’t obviously lend themselves to developing prototypes to research first.…

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28 October 2014


Profitability should be the goal of every not-for-profit out there

Josie Dixon, tutor on Profitable Commissioning, writes:

The recent debate about what publishers contribute reminds me of a Book Fair presentation a few years ago asking ‘what did publishers ever do for us?’ along the lines of ‘what did the Romans ever do for us?’ from The Life of Brian film.…

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4 March 2014


Book review: Frania Hall’s new book: The Business of Digital Publishing

Frania is at pains to make clear that she doesn’t have all the answers, and that this is conceived as a textbook, but both are reasons why it will also appeal to publishers.…

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4 February 2014


The Swede, the carrot and the wedding ring

In the news this week was the story of a Swedish woman who found the wedding ring she’d lost in her kitchen 16 years earlier around a carrot she’d harvested in her garden.…

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4 January 2012


Editors: how well would you do at Josie Dixon’s 15 questions?

The 15 questions are an exercise on our Read more

25 October 2011


The fascinating case of Julian Assange’s ‘unauthorised biography’

The story so far: Canongate signed Assange’s biography for a six figure advance, a ghostwriter was appointed and the two worked productively together on the draft.…

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11 October 2011

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