Article Archive: Opinion

Cracking the German Book Market

Germany is the second largest market in Europe after the UK for books in English. Barbara Thiele, Chief Product Officer at Berlin-based print and ebook publishing platform, epubli, gives us the lowdown on the German market and offers  her top tips for writers hoping to crack it. 5 things to know about German readers and the German… Read more »

Amplified Activism: Transmedia Storytelling and Social Change

The avenues through which communities and community organisations raise awareness about the issues they face and how they agitate for change have developed rapidly in the past ten years; and digital technology has provided community activists with the means to quickly create and widely disseminate stories.  Perhaps the most influential and wide reaching of recent… Read more »

Why Print Still Matters in the Digital Age

CompletelyNovel.com is an online publishing community and social-sharing site for book-lovers which helps self-published writers to publish quality print editions at competitive prices. We spoke to Anna Lewis, co-founder of Completely Novel, about why print is still important in the digital age. — Are print books still relevant for independent authors? With eBook sales on the… Read more »

Why All Self-Publishers Should Sell Direct

The self-publishing process has become pretty well established by now, a received wisdom that shapes every entrepreneurial writer’s secret dreams: 1. Write book 2. ??? 3. Profit! Amazon is the secret sauce that many self-publishers rely on to propel them to the authorial stratosphere, hoping that they will become the next breakout bestseller. But for the… Read more »

Aerial Performance: Other People’s Audiences

Porter Anderson is an influential American journalist and blogger who focusses on the publishing industry, otherwise known to Porter and his readers as ‘the industry! the industry!’  In this piece Porter explains how he has developed his online presence through writing for other people’s audiences, on other people’s platforms, using Twitter as the string that… Read more »

Anyone Can Play: Platforms for experimenting and collaborating

Joanna Ellis

The survey conducted by The Writing Platform prior to launch firmly busted the ‘writer in the garret’ myth. Over 60% of the writers who responded expressed a desire to collaborate and a significant portion also expressed a hunger to experiment and push the boundaries of their creative practice. Experimentation and collaboration come in many guises,… Read more »

Website or Social Media: The modern writer’s conundrum

Kristen Harrison, The Curved House

If you’re considering developing your web presence you are probably wondering whether it’s better to build a website, start a blog, or join Twitter, Facebook and the many other social media platforms available today. If you are lucky enough to have the golden trifecta: time, ability and money, then by all means, do it all!… Read more »