Ever wondered how ink is made? Or what is the bestselling book of all time? Or which are the oldest known books in the world?
The ideal gift for every bibliophile, 'The Book Lovers' Miscellany' is full of fun facts, potted histories and curious lists, perfect for dipping into and sharing.
An indispensable guide for editors, would-be editors, and especially writers who want to understand the publishing process. In this classic handbook, top professionals write about the special demands and skills necessary for particular areas of expertise--mass market, romance, special markets, and more.
Drawing on the Oxford Dictionaries department, this book provides advice on spellings of difficult and unusual words, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations. Serving as a guide for those who work with words, it includes place names, literary references, and more.
Following the classic reference work "Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers" printed in 1893, this handbook provides information on various aspects of writing and of preparing copy for publication, both in print and electronically. It is a reference guide for writer and editors, and is endorsed by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
Finch offers up to the minute advice for any author on the brink of going it alone, with information on setting yourself up, professional presentation, printing, design, desktop publishing, and marketing and promotion. The book also explores the pros and cons of publishing in other media, from CDs and videos to the World Wide Web.
The novel was born religious, alongside Protestant texts produced in the same format by the same publishers. Novels borrowed features of these texts but over the years distinguished themselves, becoming the genre we know today. Jordan Alexander Stein traces this history, showing how the physical object of the book shaped the stories it contained.
In this insightful memoir Lennie Goodings takes the reader behind the scenes at Virago, the feminist press that she has led for twenty years. Moving from Virago's early days of independence, through its various commercial incarnations, the author reflects on idealistic publishing and how it feels to be a beacon for change.
Are you worried about your grip on grammar? Know you need to write better to get through uni or progress in your career? Or do you want to write professionally? We can all improve our writing: grammar guru Roslyn Petelin shows us how in How Writing Works.
Using extensive research based on empirical evidence, this title provides the reader with practical and simple guidelines, exercises and tips to improve performance, including: advice on the use of classical rhetoric; how to write a speech when in a rush; the myths surrounding visual aids; the use of body language; and more.
This book is for academics and students studying the theory of publishing and for young professionals entering the practical reality of the industry. It provides historical context, describes industry processes and institutions and is packed full of real-life examples and advice for success in both print and digital publishing.
The secret to making money from your fiction writing is not only in the quality of your work but in your approach to the publishing process, and here an industry professional shows you how to make the system work for you.
Thoroughly revised, restructured and update edition of a classic text, "A History of British Publishing, Second Edition" covers six centuries of publishing in Britain from before the invention of the printing press, to the electronic era of today.
A practical guide encouraging authors to see how effective they can be at helping to promote their own books. It covers how marketing works, what opportunities there are, how authors can help, how to get noticed, and how to get local publicity, providing a real insight into the publishing process.
This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling.
Most publishers keep a "slushpile" - the stack of unsolicited manuscripts which contains a large percentage of preposterous or frightening book proposals, which might just conceal that one jewel of a bestseller or classic novel lying near the bottom. This book takes a tour through the 'do's and 'don't's of book proposal.
Written in hypertext and read from a computer, hypertext novels exist as a collection of textual fragments, which must be pieced together by the reader. The Possible Worlds of Hypertext Fiction offers a new critical theory tailored specifically for this burgeoning genre, providing a much needed body of criticism in a key area of new media fiction.
Part-memoir, part-history, here is an account of the collapsing standards of contemporary publishing that is irascible and often passionate. "The Business of Books" warns of the danger to adventurous, intelligent publishing in the bullring of today's marketplace.