Andrew Lownie uses his expert knowledge in the publishing field to maximise the potential of his clients and build up their careers. Here Andrew Lownie, and some of his clients and guest columnists, share advice on a variety of topics to writers. Elsewhere on the site you can find a Frequently Asked Questions list on literary agents, as well as advice for submitting work to agents.

  • An Author’s Guide to Photographic and Picture Permissions

    10 Nov 2015

    Christian Jennings provides some useful tips on clearing permissions You can imagine the moment. You’ve just completed your latest non-fiction book, on deadline. It’s taken you months, if not more, but you’ve got there, and have just clicked ‘send’ to whip it over to the publishers. For now, you feel cross-eyed, from having your eyes eighteen inches from your computer screen for fourteen hours per day for the last month. Physically exhausted from sitting hunched in your chair, your lower back aching as though it’s been used for jousting practice in a mo...Read more

  • What a difference a tweet makes

    27 Jul 2015

    David McClure, author of “Royal Legacy”, recounts how Twitter helped him break a global news story with unintended results At the end of July last year I tweeted that the Queen’s private income from the Duchy of Lancaster had hit a record high. No newspaper picked up the story. In a way this was understandable since at the time I only had a handful of twitter followers (including one who claimed to be related to God) and after a long wait the information only found its way into the public domain via the publication of my book on the royal finances (“Royal Legacy” Thistle Publishing 20...Read more

  • How to promote your book with Facebook advertising

    02 Jul 2015

    Chris Woodford, whose Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Secret Science Hidden in Your Home, has just been published , draws from his own recent experience to show how Facebook advertising can boost sales. It's all very well if you're Russell Brand. With 10 million followers on Twitter, 1.1 million YouTube subscribers, and a couple of hundred thousand podcast listeners, the love-him, loathe-him political comedian certainly knows a thing or two about social media. Numbers like that are music to a publisher's ears, and partly explain why Brand's books command seven-figure advances. New media ...Read more

  • The Day My Eyes Exploded

    01 Jul 2015

    Agency author Kris Hollington describes how he suddenly lost his eyesight and warns writers on the need to have the correct light screen settings. I was sitting on a bench in the German town of Greetseil overlooking the harbour when my eyes exploded. My laptop was on my knees. It was October 2014. The sun was setting. Cool, grey and orange, a Turneresque evening. A fishing boat was porting, seagulls wheeling above. We (my wife, Nina, and I) were in Germany for a friend’s wedding but, as ever, I had a book to finish and, between the ceremony (in a windmill) and a riverside rece...Read more

  • Using YouTube to promote your books

    01 May 2015

    David Craig draws on his own experiences to explain how You Tube can be used to promote books. We all know that the Internet gives us many new ways of promoting our books. One of these is YouTube. I had been thinking for some time about producing a short video for YouTube, but didn’t know how to do it myself and couldn’t possibly afford to pay for a professional production. So, one day, I asked readers of my daily blog if they knew some young computer whizzkid who might be able to help out for a modest payment. I was immediately contacted by someone who...Read more

  • Pinterest: a tool for writers?

    31 Mar 2015

    Piu Eatwell, author of the true-life historical mystery thriller The Dead Duke, his Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse (Head of Zeus/WW Norton), explores an under-utilized but potentially exciting social media tool for authors… Even the most technophobic and recalcitrant dinosaurs of the writing world these days will – at the very least – have an author website. Most writers nowadays will also have a Facebook page, Goodreads and LinkedIn entries, and likely a Twitter handle. Writers of young adult and teen fiction will almost certainly post to Instagram. But what of that final, per...Read more