editing · work-in-progress

Where Are the Words?

Imagine measuring the year in terms of sales. You’d start with your brand-new hardback and its trade paperback editions for export or airside, the retailer specific exclusives, and the high-priced ebook. You’d add on the paperback of last year’s hardback, here and abroad. Then you’d include the relaunched backlist, all with a pound added on… Continue reading Where Are the Words?

authors · Bookbybook

bookbybook 16: William Sutcliffe

William Sutcliffe is enjoying great critical success as a writer for young adults – The Wall was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Concentr8 made the YA Book Prize shortlist. Before that, he had huge success with books for a run of exceptionally funny books for adults. (Although teens could and did read them, and… Continue reading bookbybook 16: William Sutcliffe


Minna and Jeff return in a new ‘story’

As you know, I’ve been grappling with a new story about Minna and Jeff, the characters in my novel Ready to Love. I wanted a valedictory story for them and looked to the form to gain a structure that really would set them on their way. In short, I’m looking for a moment after which… Continue reading Minna and Jeff return in a new ‘story’

Bookbybook · meet the author

bookbybook 15: Michael Ridpath

I vividly remember hearing on the radio – when I was still living in Australia – the buzz around the acquisition and subsequent publication of Michael Ridpath’s debut novel Free to Trade in 1995. Michael went on to write a further seven financial thrillers. And then he changed direction … which once again proves that authors build… Continue reading bookbybook 15: Michael Ridpath