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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.

  • Lovejoy’s Marketing Tips

    01 Feb 2007

    Former bookseller ‘Lovejoy’ answers some common questions and gives advice on how authors can help promote themselves. Do send questions to him c/o me via Andrew Lownie. How do I get the most out of my Amazon page? Amazon can be more than just a tool for checking on how many places a rival’s book has slipped in the chart due to a spiteful review from The Sunday Times. There is an option at the bottom of your page called “I Am The Author”. Click on it, fill in the requisite contact details and a number of options will then open up to you to improve your page. ...Read more

  • From Russia, With Polonium

    20 Jan 2007

    In light of the Litvinenko assassination, Kris Hollington, author of the forthcoming How to Kill: The Definitive History of the Assassin and whose website www.assassinology.org will launch in March 2007, explains the culture of assassination in Russia and why we can expect several more Russian hits to take place in the UK in the coming years. As I researched How to Kill, I became interested in and started to collect the ‘odd’ stories of assassination; particularly fascinating were the relatively unknown attempts made on political leaders by lone nuts. One intriguing story came...Read more

  • Magic Words

    08 Jan 2007

    Jimmy Lee Shreeve explains how writers can use their skills to maximise their income. I'm not joking. You can live like a king from writing. You can make £100 an hour or more and have decent cash flowing in while you sleep (and I'm not talking about book royalties here). But only if you do it right. Hype? No. I've done it myself. But before I tell you how, let's get one thing straight... The majority of authors don't strike it rich. They don't become literary megastars like J.K. Rowlings or Stepthen King. They get by ... but only just. Many authors maintain a day job or are propp...Read more

  • Reflections of a Sales Rep

    01 Dec 2006

    John Lee, author of a forthcoming book on the Churchill family, looks back on some of the changes he has seen during his forty years in the book trade. Where to begin? Once all the main publishers kept a sales force of twenty, thirty, forty or more reps, organised under Area Sales Managers. The Net Book Agreement (NBA) was in place and every bookseller, be they chain (which meant W. H. Smith and John Menzies) or independent, sold books at the same price – the ‘level playing field’ of blessed memory. Along came the new chains – Words and Music that morphed into Books...Read more

  • How I Found The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency part 2

    01 Nov 2006

    Last February I ran an article about how authors heard about the agency and thought readers might be interested in a further selection. It shows just how varied are the ways that authors can find an agent. Simon Berthon ‘I first met Andrew in my role as a TV producer when he was energetically and assiduously passing on to me suggestions for documentaries based on his author’s books. When I mooted the idea of a book based on my series ‘Warlords’, Andrew was immediately encouraging and informative on the style of pitch etc that was needed to attract publish...Read more

  • How I Got Slim and Fit, Eating Like a Caveman

    29 Oct 2006

    Author and journalist Jimmy Lee Shreeve reveals how he got his jeans size down from a tight 36 inches to 32 in six months by following ancient diet and fitness patterns. As an author and journalist my work dictates I sit at a desk for most of the day. I'm not alone. It's the same for nearly everyone these days, whatever their line of work. But as I approached forty I had to accept the consequences of a sedentary work life - encroaching middle-aged spread. I was in denial for years. But standing in front of the mirror in the changing rooms in outdoor clothing store, Hawkshead, I had no choi...Read more