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What does a publisher do?

The publishing world can seem impenetrable to the aspiring author: here's the traditional publishing process explained in detail, from start to finish.


Do authors need publishers?

Will you still need a publisher in a digital, multi-channel world where you can engage directly with your audience?

The answer is yes. So long as publishers continue to add value, our services are useful, no matter what format you choose to deliver your content in.

The role of a …

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Dreaming of Bookshelves: My Journey to Publication

After landing a book deal, a new phase of work began. 

I met with my editor at Orion and we discussed plans including edits to the novel.While I had some work ahead of me here, in a way the manuscript revisions were the easy bit. Or at least the part that was familiar to me. It was everything …

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Literary Translation

Jo Rourke

"Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes." - Günter Grass


It’s safe to say that in 2015, translated works are no longer relegated to an unvisited shelf in your local bookshop. “Foreign literature” is now not solely the domain of espresso-drinking wearers of …

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Making Small-Press Publications Work For You

Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin

With so much information available on how to hook an agent, and on how to self-publish should none take the bait, the third option of signing up with a small press is often overlooked. Publishing with a relatively unknown independent press might look like the worst of both worlds, with no big name …

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Publishing Interviews: Head Of Sales

Claire Fuller has been asking questions of  Samantha Fanaken, Head of Sales at Penguin General. Penguin General is a publishing division of Penguin Random House, dealing with the imprints Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Ireland, Penguin Life, Portfolio and Viking. Read on to find out how …

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Publishing Interviews: The Copy-Editor

Author Claire Fuller sits down with copy-editor Caroline Pretty to discuss her role in the publishing process. 

Claire: How would you describe the role of a copy-editor?

Caroline: Once a manuscript’s been typeset, it’s expensive for publishers to correct mistakes, so the main focus of my job …

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Publishing Interviews: The Editor

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The fifth instalment of Claire Fuller's interviews with publishing industry professionals sees her meet Masie Cochran, Editor at Tin House Books, an independent publisher based in Portland, Oregon. Read on to find out more about the role of an editor. 

Claire: Hello Masie. Can you tell me a …

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Publishing Interviews: The Publicist

Author Claire Fuller chats with Poppy North, Campaigns Manager at Penguin. Read on to find out more about what's involved in the publicity of a book.

Claire: You’re a Campaigns Manager for Penguin and I know your job is incredibly busy and I imagine it’s about juggling lots of different things …

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Publishing Interviews: The Publishing Director

In the third of our publishing interview series, author Claire Fuller interviews Juliet Annan, Publishing Director of Fig Tree, an imprint at Penguin. Read on to find out more about the role of a publishing director.

Claire: Hello Juliet. When I tell people my books are published by Fig Tree, an …

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Publishing Interviews: The Translator

In the sixth of her publishing interview series Claire Fuller interviews Susanne Hoebel, a translator of fiction who translated Claire's second novel Swimming Lessons into German, to find out more about the process of translating a novel. 

Claire: Hello Susanne. How did you come to be a …

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The Publishing Process

To someone who has never worked in publishing, seeing a manuscript transformed into a book can seem almost magical.

In reality the process is fairly straightforward, but there is real magic in the way that different departments work together to give each book the best possible chance of …

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Understanding the Publishing Process

Jonathan Eyers

Before I started working on the editorial side of the publishing industry myself, I had no idea how long it took for the publishing cycle to complete its orbit around a book. But I had gleaned a general sense of a 9- to 12-month schedule from stalking (in a professional sense – or in as …

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