Starting to Accept the Neighbours – @Tom_Chalmers

There was a lack of change in the air at this month’s London Book Fair, but for once this may not have been a bad thing. Settled is not the same as content but 2014 appeared to be the year too-often acrimonious parts found their place alongside each other. Read more »

Achieving all the sales in the world | @Tom_Chalmers

Earlier in the year, I listened to a panel of major publisher CEOs point to their company’s attempts to grow sales, mainly digital, in new territories.  When discussing rights licensing with publishers, certain areas of the world are often named as a focus – looking to break into China, highlighting Eastern Europe, currently very interested in Latin America, and so on. Read more »

An industry awash with English graduates | @Tom_Chalmers

I read with interest that the Publishing Association had recruited a Communications Manager, who previously worked at the professional association for Anti-Money Laundering Officers.  Appointments don’t usually catch the attention but in this case it was just the bringing in of new skills from a different industry – an opportunity to bring in relevant but also fresh skills to add into the mix. It brought back to my mind what I have long thought an overlooked but major issue for publishing – the shockingly narrow experience range of those in the sector. Read more »

Where to put the entrepreneur in publishing? | @Tom_Chalmers

It’s a word I had never heard of before starting out in business – four syllables that I have apparently become rather than something I aimed for. However, these four syllables are now everywhere – in the press, on TV (see Dragon’s Den, The Apprentice etc. etc.), in books (see autobiographies from those on aforementioned TV shows etc. etc.), and Twitter appears awash with entrepreneurial advice. Read more »

Overfunding and Under-delivering | @Tom_Chalmers

The Next Big Thing – surely it’s got to come online; that is where all the Next Big Things happen. It’s highly likely to and it is great to see the pace picking up in the publishing industry with all the new digital ventures and initiatives. Particularly against the shadow of Amazon’s ceaselessly efficient business land-grab, the desire to spread the wealth and create competitions makes total sense. Read more »

What’s Love Got To Do With It? by @Tom_Chalmers

The book world is undoubtedly a passion industry – writers are usually driven by aspiration, publishers should be fuelled by creativity in producing the best books they possibly can, and a love of books must be fundamental to any bookseller. Read more »

Sale or Return – Lazy and Absurd | @Tom_Chalmers

A publisher moaning about sale or return wouldn’t seem like an article for FutureBook. However, my aim is to look at this from a bookseller perspective and, if you are a bookseller, convince you that you should scrap this ludicrous, self-defeating, damaging way of doing business.

Firstly, having started my first publishing business eight years ago, I can say with complete certainty that if we were able to give books back to the printer that we didn’t sell, we would not still be in business.  Finished. Gone. Dissolved. Read more »

Book industry: stop moaning and be creative | @tom_chalmers

There was much applauding following the Booksellers’ Association’s call for the government to support bookshops against the looming giant of Amazon, which followed the French Government’s announced financial support of its bookshops.   Read more »

Authors and book rights – some more truths

In my last blog I listed a number of truths and untruths about self-publishing vs traditional publishing, so I thought I would continue in this vein to tackle some other subjects on which I believe that authors require greater clarity.  Read more »

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing – Time For the Truth

The self-publishing industry has boomed over the last year—or maybe more accurately has been accepted. And no-one on Twitter and with an interest in the book industry can have missed the deluge of articles hailing the sector—with an added kick at the apparently dead dog of traditional publishing for good measure. Read more »

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