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Advice for Authors

There are lots of things happening in the background and soon work on updating the website will commence.  Until then, I seem to be writing things for other sites and not for my own.  The latest being some advice for authors on the Writers and Artists Yearbook website.  http://writersandartists.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/sales-marketing-publishing-success/#more-1774

Salary Survey. Phew.

I find it impossible to believe that today is finally here.  I have always made a joke in the past about the ‘salary survey being the death of me’, well I don’t think I’ll ever say that again.  It would have been so much easier to not publish the data,…

Andre Deutsch Stories…

You’ve probably gathered from my John Updike comment that I have more ‘Andre stories’ about the late Andre Deutsch CBE up my sleeve, and you are right.  I could tell you how he got one of Robert Maxwell’s secretaries (unintentionally) fired, how he once told me about a book that “it…

Damn Costa

Sometimes you wish something good will happen.  Now something good is finally happening to the wonderful Diana Athill, now Diana Athill OBE (Congratulations Diana) and winner in the biography category for Somewhere Towards The End.  Now as much as Sebastian Barry is a worthy overall winner, somehow I feel the…

RIP John Updike

I was sad to see the demise of John Updike yesterday.  Not only was he a great author, but to me he will always be a great Andre Deutsch author.  I recall a tale being told about the author photograph on the back of his books in the 1980s.  Andre…

W H Smith

With all the crisis on the high street, you have to wonder about W H Smith.  Before Christmas I spent £33 on stationery in my local WHS.  In return I was given a £10 gift card, with no spending restrictions, a £5 timed voucher if I spent £20 on books (in addition…

Leaving Publishing

You may find this hard to believe, but at one time in my career I was 3 weeks away from leaving publishing.  It was February 1991 and I was employed at then Random Century (soon to be renamed Random House) as Group Permissions Controller.  I’d been there for 5 months…