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Publishing News Roundup Series: Publishers and Authors Discuss Issues of Trust

by Maureen Crisp •  December 7, 2015  •   Follow

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Publishing is all about trust between the team.

A lack of it causes a lot of difficulty and confusing in the publishing world. To combat this, a day was set up in London, before the big Futurebook conference in order to discuss and possibly combat some of these problems.

Added to that author day, was a discussion about the lack of illustrator credit in the publishing business, which can also be a problem in self-publishing. The conference helped by sheding light on a lot of important topics, and this info is also very useful for self-publishing as well:


Talking Across The Room


This week ahead of the Futurebook conference, a day was organised in London where authors and publishers got together and talked to each other. This is unusual in the book business as generally the dialogue is one sided. If you do a Twitter search on #authorday it will bring up some pithy quotes that were said throughout the day to authors and publishers by authors and publishers. The first report of #authorday is up on The Bookseller – Can we trust each other? It is a must read.


Among the discussions at Author Day was the continued lack of illustrator credit in the book business. Sarah McIntyre has made this a special campaign and after Author Day updated her website to reflect this. Pictures Do Mean Business For Illustrators. Authors need to read this!


Also discussed at Author Day – Assisted Publishing and Agents as Publishers. Jane Friedman has an interview with an agent that does this… Is it ethical?


The Author Earnings team of Hugh Howey and Data Guy have turned their sights on Amazon UK. Are the results the same as the US? Some interesting takeaways here… especially for global bestsellers.


Roz Morris has been taking a close look at pseudonyms especially in this digital world where a Google search can haul up stuff you may not want associated with your pseudonym.
21 ways to turn your book into a business – this is great advice for Non Fiction writers.
If you are juggling a writing life with full time work you need to read Darcy Pattison’s excellent blog post on ways to make your life a little easier along with the 10 must have qualities for the Indie author.


In the Craft Section,
7 easy ways to research – K M Weiland
The biggest problem in beginnings – Agent Sarah Davies


In the Marketing Section,


To Finish,
I will wrap up the year next week… in the mean time if you have a project ready to go Pit Mad will be taking over Twitter on December 4th (US time.) Have fun!



About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.