The Book Industry Course: All Things Publishing The Book Industry Course: Our First Week Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie How To Make A Business Plan

The Book Industry Course: All Things Publishing

Boom. Second week done, and it went by just as fast as our first week! We’re doing so much in our time here. We’ve seen the Publishing Association, two of the three biggest publishing houses and a book shop which is so old it’s an institution. We had a whole day of economics, where we covered such a big chunk of material, and we’ve had marketing classes with two different people working with it within the book industry. And that’s not even counting Friday, where unfortunately I was ill and missed book shop management and an industry visit to one of the really great bookshops. Bummer. I’m finding a lot of inspiration and instruction in all of this for my own publishing imprint, which I’m itching to move forward with. It’s difficult to do much work on it right now though, I’m so exhausted by the time I get home…

The Book Industry Course: Our First Week

So the first week of my course on the Norwegian book industry has come to an end, and what a week it’s been! I almost can’t believe the scope of it, it’s so varied and we really are covering the industry from top to bottom. We’ve had classes in law, marketing and economy, which were quite full on and pretty heavy, so I’m definitely feeling challenged. In economics I wasn’t doing too well with the maths, so to motivate myself I went out and bought a lovely moleskin with graphed paper and some really cute pencils. Then I spent two evenings buckling down with my economy book, and I think I’ve now got a better grasp on it, but we’ll see how it goes next week. Literary communications on the other hand, was a whole new ballgame. Dramatic poetry readings, practicing breathing techniques, dramaturgy theory and lying in a circle humming, it…

Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Oh, what a book. What a read. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is perfect. It is everything that should be voiced and sent out into the world. It is a thoughtful, intelligent, forcefull and kind note on why we should all be feminists. I say note because it’s a very short book, definitely one you can read in a single sitting. Adichie explores gender roles and the societal norms and ideas surrounding them, what her personal definition of feminism is and the ways in which men and women are put into boxes and expected to conform. She talks about personal experiences from both her native Nigeria and the U.S., and she does so in a warm and honest way, inviting you to see her accounts from a feminist perspective. The essay really, really resonated with me. Everything she talked about seemed to me familiar or very understandable, and…

How To Make A Business Plan

Want to start your own business? Have a great idea you want to bring out into the world? Awesome! Get started, get cracking, go do it, take the leap! I used to think I had to wait until I was “qualified” to start up on my own. What does qualified mean, you say? Well I don’t know, don’t look at me. I have no idea what my idea of qualified was, because I don’t think anyone ever reaches a place where they’re like ‘yup, that’s it, I just learned the last piece of the puzzle, I’m all set and ready to go now.” I guess there were certain things I figured I had to do before I got going, like take an economics class, a business class, work a few more years in publishing, get my masters in literature, create a network of industry contacts. But all that could take…

Adoring Autumn: Berry Picking In The Woods

I’m so in love with autumn. I think it’s the most wonderful, beautiful, colourful time of the year. I absolutely adore it. It’s just so bloody cosy. Lighting the fireplace and loads of candles, snuggling up with blankets, drinking endless cups of hot drinks, baking cinnamon buns, reading good books, going for walks in the crisp, cold air, feeling the chilly breeze on your face, wrapped up in coats and scarves. Wonderful. Yesterday my parents and I went for a wander in the gardens and the woods, and we picked raspberries and lingonberries and watched the river flowing by and the leaves changing colour almost before our eyes. Then we went home and made raspberry jam and I almost couldn’t bear the fact that we’re saving it for Christmas and I couldn’t eat it all right there. I can’t wait for the pumpkins to get to the shops, I’ve pinned loads of…

A New Course: The Norwegian Book Industry

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele I’ve got something goin’ on which I’m pretty excited about this year. I’m going to take a course on the Norwegian book industry, including book selling and publishing and everything in between. I’ll do classes in marketing, economy, law, leadership, literature and more. It may sound a little dull and dreary, but I’m incredibly pleased with myself for doing it because it’s just one more stepping stone towards my dreams coming true! I’m really looking forward to getting started, and to see what the course can do for my understanding of the Norwegian book landscape. I’m doing the course with a view to go into Norwegian publishing, either getting a job at one of the houses, in order to gain some first…

Getting Back Into A Good Place

A few weeks ago now, something happened. I won’t get into it too much, but let’s just say that something I had planned for and been terribly excited and happy about, went all wrong. Since then I’ve really struggled to keep my head up, I’ve fallen into a way of thinking and being which has been self-destructive and disheartening, culminating in a lot of Gilmore Girls and apathy and very little productivity in the areas of my life that I wanted to focus on. Right now, I really, really want to snap out of it. I want to get back to the good place I was in before this all happened. I want to feel happy and content, and like I am moving in the right direction. I want to be able to account for my thoughts and actions, to feel like there is a purpose to my days. I’ve…

London Book Haul

‘When life looks like it’s falling apart, it may just be falling in place.’ – Beverly Solomon So, I recently went to London, and I stopped by a Waterstones and also Oliver Bonas. I picked up some wonderful new books and a few other little knick knacks, and I’m very pleased with my purchases. Living in Norway, I can’t really find the books that I want to read in the bookshops here. I’m an international reader and there isn’t much of a market for my books where I live, which is a shame, but it only makes my trips to the UK even more worthwhile (also Amazon orders are my saviours).  More than anything, i just love the atmosphere at Waterstones. It’s as though the shop itself is just one big, old material declaration of love to literature. I love spending a good hour just browsing, picking up books…

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

“He had hoped to spot the flickering shadow of a murderer as he turned the file’s pages, but instead it was the ghost of Lula herself who emerged, gazing up at him, as victims of violent crimes sometimes did, through the detritus of their interrupted lives.” ― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling This is the second time I’ve picked up The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling), and I have to say, I enjoyed it as much as when I read it the first time around, which is quite a feat for a plot-driven crime novel. I’ve said it before, but I just find J.K. Rowling’s writing to immersive! It really feels as though you are right there with the characters. I think the reason why I enjoy reading this book so much is because the characters are so intriguing. The detective, Cormaron Strike, has a powerful presence, full of character and mystery.…

Literary Agencies: What Are They?

So, the part of publishing I’ve worked in is literary agencies. They work within the publishing industries, but they’re not actual publishing houses, ie. they don’t send books to the printer. What they do, in short, is take care of their clients’ (authors) interests within the world of publishing, including editorial work on manuscripts, submission to publishing houses, contract management, management of press and promotion, translation deals, and much more. Sound confusing? How I like to describe it to people who have never heard of literary agencies is we’re the guardian angels of authors through the process of getting their books published, and beyond. We help them get their manuscripts up to scratch, then we take those manuscripts and send them out to publishers with a lot of passion and a well-developed sales pitch, once we’ve found an editor in a publishing house which wants to make the book happen, we…