Laura Franks discusses the history and pitfalls of the New Adult genre.
Lily Miniken discusses the capital and influence of literary prizes, and how these help to uphold traditional power structures in the publishing industry.
Rebecca Fletcher discusses dealing with rejection as a new writer, and how it can also be a positive learning experience.
By Taylor Hay In 2012, it seemed as though you couldn’t walk past a bookshop without seeing one cover in particular – a shiny bright blue paperback with clouds on it. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Needless to say, it was a big deal. The book (TFIOS) was wildly successful, and people … Continue reading Diagnosis: Bandwagon Syndrome
It's no surprise that the publishing industry has a diversity problem. Most media industries do. But, unlike the film and television industry, we have not seen any progress globally.
Environmental sustainability is fast becoming a key pillar in all industries as we rapidly decline our natural resources, and the publishing industry is no exception. I could give you statistics on the decline in rainfall and increase in extreme weather patterns, but it frames a rather morbid and parched read. However, with some research, I found the debate between paper and digital perfectly outlined the strides the publishing industry is making for environmental sustainability.
If there’s one thing I respect from an author, it’s when they know their world. When I read about the deserts of Arrakis or the seven kingdoms of Westeros, it feels like the author has actually lived there. Prolific fantasy author George R.R. Martin has a fascinating metaphor for this, suggesting that there are two types of writers: architects and gardeners. Architects meticulously plan beforehand, while gardeners plant the seed of their story and let the seasons tend to it. Yet, even Martin concedes that writing isn’t so binary, and that writers are often a mixture of both. I’ve always considered myself mostly a gardener. However, I recently decided to test my architectural mettle and build a fictional world from the ground up. In doing so, I discovered a whole new branch of writing in the digital age—the world of novel writing software. Gone are the days of J.R.R Tolkien’s drawers overflowing with maps of Middle Earth. Now the kids are using technology.
By Kenna MacTavish “Get it, you’ll love it!” was what a friend messaged me in April 2020 in response to a lockdown muttering I had about possibly downloading TikTok. Fast-forward a year and I do, indeed, love it. The fact that I currently fill up with my days researching social media platforms and books meant … Continue reading What TikTok has taught me about book culture, as a researcher of book culture
By Marina Sano In 2020, my pet project has been starting up an online bookstore with my friend and uni-peer, Xuan. After meeting when working for Myriad magazine, a People of Colour (POC) initiative, we've continued to bond over finding diversity in reading and media. With this has come our baby: Amplify Bookstore, an online … Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a ‘Diverse’ Book Shop
In the last few months, when people have asked me what I do, I’ve blushed deeply, fumbled with my words, and eventually spluttered in a barely audible whisper: I’m an editor.