Articles

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.

  • How I Found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (Part 3)

    08 Apr 2008

    In February and November 2006, I reproduced as articles some of the author comments on their author pages on the website on how they came to the agency. The articles proved to be of great interest. Prospective authors say it gives them ideas of how to find an agent and a very good sense of the agency and how it operates. Here is a third article of such extracts covering some authors from A to F and , if there is continued interest, further such articles can be added as we work our way through the alphabet. BERNARD ADAMS "Through a friend of a friend, I heard about Andrew’s ...Read more

  • Big in Norway

    26 Mar 2008

    When Kris Hollington accepted an invite to publicise the Norwegian edition of his book How to Kill; The Definitive History of the Assassin, he had no idea what he was letting himself in for. I was delighted to hear that my book had been bought by Gyldendal, Norway’s largest publisher. After exchanging a couple of emails with the Norwegian editor, I thought that was that, so I was very surprised a few days later when I received an invitation to Oslo to spend five days publicising Drap (the Norwegian title). Norwegians read more books per head than any other nation on the planet -...Read more

  • An Interview with Damien Lewis

    20 Mar 2008

    Damien Lewis’s thriller Cobra Gold has just come out in paperback as Cobra 405. The following interview appears on the Random House website. 1. Two of your previous novels, Operation Certain Death and Bloody Heroes both concern real life military operations in intense detail. Cobra 405 on the other hand is a fictional account. What inspired you to write fiction? Cobra Gold could only have been written as a fiction. It concerns the story of the world’s biggest bank robbery – which remains unsolved until this day - and who might have carried out that raid. Those ...Read more

  • The Power of a Press Release

    11 Mar 2008

    Freelance publicist Guy Adams explains the importance of a good press release. At first glance it might, perhaps, seem entirely fitting that it was on ‘leap year’s day’ this year, that my negotiations to place an unknown, first time author, from a small, independent publishers on the Today Programme on Radio 4, received their successful outcome. That morning, John Humphrys interviewed Ken Wharton, whose book, A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98, is to be published by Helion in April. Surely, particularly when the words ‘unknown&...Read more

  • The eBook Prophecy

    17 Feb 2008

    Laurence Gardner argues that authors deserve a higher share of e book royalties. Author of such bestsellers as Bloodline of the Holy Grail and Lost Secrets of the Lost Ark, he is now writing The Evolution of God and Revelation of the Devil. A recent Publishers Weekly article has forecast that 2008 will be a record year for eBook sales and that the Internet will drive 21st-century publishing enterprises. It claims that, by the year-end, nearly every straight-text title published with commercial intent will be available in electronic format. Book-sized electronic devices such as Kindle, So...Read more

  • Using The Internet To Catch The Attention of Potential Readers

    29 Jan 2008

    Andrew Crofts, one of Britain’s leading ghost writers and supposedly the inspiration behind Robert Harris’s novel The Ghost, argues that authors should utilise electronic media to sell and promote themselves. His books include The Freelance Writers’ Handbook: How To Make Money and Enjoy Your Life , Writing Handbooks: Ghostwriting, as well as Sold, The Little Prisoner, Betrayed and Shattered. His website is www.andrewcrofts.com. If you are about to publish a novel what can you do to catch people’s attention when there are thousands of competitors coming out in the...Read more