Before You Sign | Getting your rights back

For February we went to the advisors for tips on how to get your rights back from publishers, and what to watch out for at the end of contracts.

Five rules on how not to write a biography | Jon Collins

Jon Collins lays out his five rules for avoiding disaster when writing biography.

Jumping through hoops | Patrick Humphries

Writing for radio can be enormously satisfying... provided you can jump through all the right hoops - broadcaster Patrick Humphries writes.

Before You Sign | Money from unexpected sources

This month we asked the advisors about collective licensing - a way for authors to quickly and easily boost their income.

Listening, closely... | Alice Lutyens

Print publishers’ assumption that audio rights should be bundled with print is not directly beneficial to authors, argues Alice Lutyens.

DIY PR | Dan Tyte

Dan Tyte shares his best tips for running your own book publicity.

Before You Sign | Rights and Characters

Thinking about using someone else's character? Concerned someone's using yours? This month we got the advisors to explain how copyright applies to fictional characters, and what you need to...

5 Skills for Self-Publishers | Ignaty Dyakov

Educational author Ignaty Dyakov shares his 5 tips for self-published authors.

Before You Sign | Prizes and Competitions

This month we asked the advisors what you should look out for when entering prizes and competitions.

Abuse and the poison of silence | EA Wheal

Last Friday, in response to the waves of allegations surfacing in the film industry, The Bookseller published the results of an anonymous survey into sexual harassment in the publishing industry...

What's in a Word? | Jamila Gavin

Children's author Jamila Gavin writes on language, diversity and the power of words.

Before You Sign | Accounting Terms for Authors

Our experts give a rundown of your contract’s fiddly financial bits.

Why the celeb-heavy World Book Day list IS a problem

The celebrification of children’s literature is not new but it reached what my mother-in-law used to call a “peak low” with the list of books announced as World Book Day giveaway...

The Micawber principle

Andrew Franklin of Profile Books opens up his accounts for inspection.

The Writer's Paradox - Ahmet Altan

‘They may have the power to imprison me but no one has the power to keep me in prison,’ writes imprisoned Turkish author Ahmet Altan on the eve of his trial.

Before You Sign | Copyright Crash Course

Brush up your knowledge on copyright with this quick guide.

Reaching new authors | WriteNow

Penguin Random House's WriteNow scheme aims to mentor and publish new writers from under-represented communities. Three writers, Geraldine Quigley, Katie Hale and Chris Brougham, tell...

7 Tips to Avoid Pitfalls in Motion Picture/TV Rights Option Agreements

Lawyer Robert Zipser's tips to help navigate your option agreements.

Seven habits of highly effective authors

Chris Alton considers the value of events for less well-known authors – and how to make smaller events bigger.

Before You Sign | Special Sales

Our seven steps for publishers on highly-discounted 'special sales'.