It can be very impressive to hear that someone is self-taught. An artist, say, or a musician. Wow, the dedication that must take, to pick up a book of chords and learn how to play classical guitar. Read more

Back in February Joel Friedlander published a great sample letter to prospective clients. Joel is a California-based book designer who ‘helps publishers and authors who decide to publish their own books get to market with a great looking, properly constructed book, on time and on budget’. I wrote to Joel complimenting him on a spot-on letter, which was inspiring to me as I talk with prospective authors about their work and the process of publishing it. Read more

The media barons are already acutely aware of the growing power of citizen journalists: that band of rebel reporters without recognised training or the platform of an established media outlet. A similar shift is happening in book publishing.

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