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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.

  • Money tips for Writers

    12 Sep 2012

    DON’T SAVE WHILE OWING MONEY. In the first of five articles, David Craig, author of Pillaged: How they’re looting £413 million a day from our savings and pensions shows how to avoid the five worst money mistakes writers can make. Many writers will not have a regular income and pension from a full-time job. In some years a writer might make a good living, in others money may be tight. So for writers, it’s critical that when they do receive money, they put it to the best use and don’t allow financial services insiders to trick them into placing their money in places which b...Read more

  • What PLR and ALCS can do for you

    04 Sep 2012

    David Craig, the author of GREED UNLIMITED How Cameron and Clegg protect the elites while squeezing the rest of us (Original Book Company £8.99), explains how registering for PLR and with the ALCS can bring into extra revenue. A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece here about how writers could earn extra money by joining Amazon Associates. Here I’d like to mention a couple of other extra sources of pocket money for writers – PLR and ALCS. Public Lending Right (PLR) is the right for authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libr...Read more

  • And how can an editor help me get published?

    17 Apr 2012

    Writer and ebook publisher Jonathan Veale makes the point that editors have a role to play before submissions are made . . . anywhere. Some of us have clairvoyant powers: we know what literary agents and publishers are looking for. That’s a fine start I would have thought. Add to that a painful knowledge of precisely what they are not seeking, and benefits abound. Most editors happen upon new writers and their work after interest has been expressed by the trade. In these cases their role is straightforward; gold is already apparent – through a veneer of lead – and they are tasked ...Read more

  • The current Japanese book market

    09 Apr 2012

    Ahead of the London Book Fair, Hamish Macaskill of The English Agency, a literary agency who place books from US and UK publishers and agents with Japanese publishers , gives a market update on the state of the Japanese publishing market. The biggest-selling translated title post-Frankfurt has been Kodansha’s edition of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio: 700k hardcover in just a few months. The slow burn success of Stieg Larsson’s MILLENNIUM TRILOGY (Hayakawa) is now ablaze after the release of the remake of TGWTDT. The Japanese animated adaptation of THE MAGIC TREEHOUSE has made ...Read more

  • How writers can double their money by joining Amazon Associates

    17 Mar 2012

    David Craig explains how writers can double their money by joining Amazon Associates. Amazon run a scheme called “Amazon Associates” which can be very useful for any writer with their own website. When you join Amazon Associates, every time someone buys a product (books or whatever) from Amazon after going through your website, you get paid a commission – usually about 5%. So, if you are a writer getting say 7% to 10% of your publisher’s net receipts on each book you sell, the 5% of the Amazon sales price you also receive as a member of Amazon Associates can often double your earni...Read more

  • MATADOR’S BULL RUN

    14 Mar 2012

    Novelist Ian Simpson explains how he went about self-publishing his crime novel through Matador. In my light-hearted whodunit, Murder on Page One, literary agents are the victims and unpublished crime writers the suspects. I failed to find a company willing, at their expense, to transform my manuscript into a beautiful book and turned to self-publishing, which I prefer to call ‘collaborative publishing’. I wanted a company which would professionally produce and market a sellable book and approached Matador, which has been recommended in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook for some time....Read more