Small Presses Making Waves
Jun09

Small Presses Making Waves

“I can’t imagine creating any other way. More eyes and hearts in what we’re making are always better.” We talk to Sean Platt, Sam Jordison, Joanna Penn and Nichola Smalley, who are making waves in different ways, with their imprints.

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Explorations in a parallel cultural universe
Mar05

Explorations in a parallel cultural universe

In Explorations in a Parallel Cultural Universe, Berlin-based Chris Corbett digs down into the after-dark, dying art of book touring to promote his first novel.

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SWAGLit
Mar05

SWAGLit

Jo Furniss, member of our writerly pack, is leaving prints of her own all over Singapore, as she co-founds SWAGLit, Singapore’s newest litmag for writers.

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Author Day: The Numbers
Dec04

Author Day: The Numbers

The Woolf‘s very own Jill J. Marsh unearths treasure chests of writerly goings-on at FutureBook’s very recent Author Day in London.

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Why authors collaborate with book publicists
Dec04

Why authors collaborate with book publicists

Independent book publicist Helen Lewis talks about PR and marketing, and gives authors her top tips for working with a publicist.

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In Conversation: Andrew Crofts
Feb27

In Conversation: Andrew Crofts

“Is this person interesting enough for me to want to spend several months inside their head?” Andrew Crofts talks about Ghostwriting, and the strange symbiosis of writing someone else’s story.

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Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author
Feb27

Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author

Creativity in Tandem: Pete Morin and Susanne O’Leary are co-authors who’ve never met.

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In Conversation: Philippe Perreaux
Nov28

In Conversation: Philippe Perreaux

Switzerland’s Creative Commons representative, Phillippe Perreaux, on piracy and obscurity, copyright and the public domain.

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Plunder: Remix or Robbery?
Nov28

Plunder: Remix or Robbery?

JJ Marsh gives an overview of those grey areas between borrowing and theft (and some words of wisdom for writers).

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In Conversation: Sarah Wilson
Aug29

In Conversation: Sarah Wilson

“…Some of the big bombastic milestones were achieved during a time in which I felt very much out of alignment and so I almost dismiss them. When I do something and I feel in alignment, then I feel I’ve succeeded.” Bestselling Australian author, journalist, TV presenter, blogger and media consultant Sarah Wilson talks to The Woolf about the online gift economy, independent and partner publishing, and her writerly habits.

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15 Years of The English Bookshop
Aug29

15 Years of The English Bookshop

The Woolf talks to The English Bookshop’s manager Sabine Haarmann and Nick Schorp about the history of this Zürich institution, how it has weathered the storms of publishing, and what’s on the horizon.

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In Conversation: Chantal Panozzo
May29

In Conversation: Chantal Panozzo

“Identity crisis. Check! Laundry lessons in two languages, neither of which I understood. Check! Phone phobia. Check!” Chantal Panozzo on being an American in Switzerland and her new book, Swiss Life.

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The Next Big Thing? Germany
Feb28

The Next Big Thing? Germany

In 2009-2010, Germany’s sales of ebooks were around 1.5 million, representing 0.8% of the German book market. Around two years behind the trends in the US, the market began to expand, at first slowly, then it mushroomed. Industry experts predict that for the year 2014-2015, ebook sales will reach over 60 and will account for 25% of all book sales in Germany. The Woolf talks to editor Susanne Weigand and independent author, blogger and journalist Matthias Matting.

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Writing 4 Young People
Feb28

Writing 4 Young People

What happens when 35 writers for young people, a children’s agent, and an editor gather in the centre of Zurich? You get a room that’s buzzing with hope, aspiration and imagination. HS Norup and Sherida Deeprose give a round-up from February’s workshop. On Saturday 25 January, Nuance Words presented Writing 4 Young People, a workshop featuring literary agent Julia Churchill (A. M. Heath) and editor Sara O’Connor (Hot Key Books)....

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In Conversation: Eric Huang
Nov23

In Conversation: Eric Huang

“Just because the technology allows for a function doesn’t mean you should add it to your app.” Eric Huang, Development Director at Made In Me, talks to The Woolf about interactive narratives, gamification and collaboration.

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In Conversation: Bernie Slater
Nov23

In Conversation: Bernie Slater

“I don’t think of there being a line between the art and activism, more of an overlap.” Bernie Slater, visual artist, talks to The Woolf about the power of multiples, and the notion of printmaking as a democratic and accessible medium with the power to engender social change.

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Engaging with Story
Nov23

Engaging with Story

Jill Marsh, Nicola Hodges “The basic substance of imaginative literature … is not reason but emotion, which is expressed not by the denotations of words, nor the grammar of the sentences but in connotations and colorations of the words as employed by the author’s style … it exists not as words written in books but as images with feelings attached.” —Jane Smiley, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel The reader/writer...

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In Conversation: Julia Churchill
Oct27

In Conversation: Julia Churchill

Julia joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list. She is always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and considers the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth.

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A sense of place: Charlotte Otter’s lens
Sep04

A sense of place: Charlotte Otter’s lens

“The elements of location have to be sprinkled through the story with a light hand, serving to shine a light on the narrative and not distracting from it. Huge chunks of location, just like huge chunks of ill-disguised research, serve to pull the reader out of the story and that’s the last thing a writer wants.” The Woolf talks to novelist Charlotte Otter.

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Making Tracks
Sep04

Making Tracks

Goings-on in Zürich and beyond Writing for Young People – Zürich Workshop – BOOK NOW! With literary agent Julia Churchill (AM Heath) and Sarah O’Connor (Hot Key Books) Sat Jan 25, Volkshaus Zürich, 09.00-17.00 Earlybird Rate: 150 Fr. (until 1 October) Regular price: 200 Fr. Bookclub at the Bookshop The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman Thurs 14 Nov, 20.15, The English Bookshop Free entry Kaufleuten Events:...

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In Conversation: Orna Ross
Sep04

In Conversation: Orna Ross

“I’d been a writer for 22 years when I self-published my first ebook and, from the off, I just loved it. Not just because the books sold more than they had before but mainly for the way it restored to me something I’d lost by working within corporate structures.” The Woolf talks to Orna Ross, writer, poet, and founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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Meet the Editors
Aug12

Meet the Editors

“I often find myself making suggestions on word-choice and smoothing sentences off a little, but large scale structure, characterization and narrative arc are not my areas. I’m the guy who polishes what Stephen King would call your little red wagon before you drive it home.” The Woolf talks to the pros of prose: editors.

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Switzerland, ISBNs and Authors
Aug08

Switzerland, ISBNs and Authors

“An ISBN identifies your book, like a fingerprint. If you’re based in Switzerland, you need to apply for Swiss ISBNs.” Jill J. Marsh (Switzerland’s representative for the Alliance of Independent Authors) gives a round-up of the advice she gave at the Independent Publishing Event in Zürich.

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In Conversation: Ann Söderblom
Aug06

In Conversation: Ann Söderblom

“I’ve read a lot about book publishing. I follow an author called Seth Godin and I realised that if as an unpublished author I go to a big publishing house, I have no track record. So if I can show some sales and a readership, I might be in a better position to get a deal.” The Woolf talks to Ann Soederblom about her new, independently published book – Coffee Cup Philosophy.

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