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Egalia Books: My New Adventure

Hello everybody, how is it all going? How are you? What’s up? Most of the people reading here now are coming through from my Egalia Books site, so I thought I’d do a bit of a recap on what’s been going on with that. The thought of starting my own publishing company popped into my head on a Thursday afternoon a few weeks ago. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere, because I’ve wanted to start my own publishing company since I was about eighteen years old, and have been working steadily towards that goal throughout uni and my years in publishing in London. It was always the dream. But  on this particular Thursday, it came to me in a more tangible way, I thought, I want to do it now. This is it, this is the time. I’m gonna go for it. And that same day, I decided which book…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Kickstarting Your Career in Books: Volunteering at Literary Festivals

My number one tip for getting started on a career within the literary world, is to volunteer at literary festivals. It’s a quick and accessible way to get involved, hook yourself up with some contacts, get an insight into the lives and careers of people working in the arts and having a lot of fun while doing so. I was told to do this during a career talk at my university, and then volunteered at three different festivals during my last year and in the first few months after finishing my degree. How to get involved Getting involved is so easy, it’s almost self-explanatory. First off, look for a section on the festival’s website which deals with volunteer stewards, and see what they say. Often you just fill in a simple form, other times they won’t have a system in place, and it’s up to you to put your hand…

Starting A New Job: 5 Points To Consider

So this week I am yet again starting a new job. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been thrown into a new professional environment, but I’ve collected a few tips and tricks about the do’s and don’ts of getting the best out of your first few days on the job. Ask All The Questions My number one piece of advice is to make sure you ask all your questions. Ask the ones you think sound stupid (no, you don’t need to walk the office dog), ask the ones you might not want the answer to (yes, coffee runs are your responsibility), ask the ones you think you have the answers to (no, that’s not quite how the database works), and all the other ones you can think of. You usually just have the one or two weeks of time with your predecessor before they’re gone forever, and you might…