#lockdown diaries

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Lockdown diaries: the festival programmer

This spring/summer was meant to look very different (a statement that could be applied to literally any person on the planet, I know, but bear with me just so I can give context). After 10+ years working my way up through the arts, and a particularly big year at Cheltenham last year delivering... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-07-06 22:10:05 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the publishing entrepreneur

Boilers are the masters of timing – they know the exact moment to inflict maximum disruption. Mine decided to call time on Monday 23 March 2020 a day that saw the biggest highs and lows of my entrepreneurial life. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-07-02 19:02:34 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the apprentice artworker

I have always had an interesting relationship with books as a result of my dyslexia. As a child I hated reading and it was not until I was fifteen that I started to enjoy it. I decided I wanted to work in publishing, which felt like a pipe dream for several years. So, when I got my job at... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-24 06:28:10 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the office assistant

It may come as a surprise, but when I heard about the lockdown, the anxiety that the world seemed to be feeling did not grip me. I never felt worried or confined by the limitations placed on us. For introvert like me, it felt like a long weekend with the same cycle of activities consisting of... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-17 05:58:38 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the ghostwriter

Invisibility is part and parcel of being a ghostwriter. But somehow I’ve felt it more acutely during lockdown. In normal times, on publication of a book I’ve ghosted, there’s the launch party to which I am invited as ‘part’ of the publishing team, or a place around the table at the celebratory... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-14 18:28:32 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the debut author

It was Sunday 22nd March when I emailed Carrie, my literary agent, telling her I’d had an idea in the bath and although it felt far-fetched, I wanted to explore it and could she please call me on Monday for a quick chat. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-12 11:19:54 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the sales apprentice

At some point or another most apprentices will have suffered from an inferiority complex. Caught in a no man’s land between employed and yet not fully employed, we occupy a precarious position. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit home, quite literally, you can imagine how that voice which... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-10 23:02:05 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the book marketer

If you’d asked me how I was coping a month ago, the truth would have been not so well actually. I let the anxiety that so many of us have been feeling overwhelm me, and I was tired of all the Zoom. SO TIRED. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-06-03 17:53:34 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the deputy MD

I have a clear memory of the day that Covid-19 became a reality to me. My daughter, Matilda, was five months old, and Katie Espiner, MD of Orion, had just told me two things: that Hachette were planning to trial a full company work from home day, and that Italian book sales had dropped... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-31 18:59:04 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the agent

Agents are often described as friends and therapists as well as a tough negotiators. The former really came into its own when COVID-19 hit. We work solely for our clients; we are the somewhat invisible middlemen (or women) whose role it is to put our authors’ needs first. But a global pandemic... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-28 12:50:32 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the children's publisher

One evening a week or so ago, I was speaking to a friend in another publishing company, sitting at the kitchen table, glass of wine in hand, in today’s sad Zoom substitute for meeting up for a post-work drink. She referred obliquely to the famous WW1 recruitment poster, the one with the little... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-22 09:54:33 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the trade publisher

Lockdown is not something that is at all suited to my personality – I miss my friends, I miss my life and perhaps most importantly - I miss Bancone. Publishing is such a social business and I’ve been finding it incredibly hard to cope without that side of it. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-18 13:56:25 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the audiobook distributor

I am not going to write about the illness; the headaches, the pain in my lungs and chest, the loss of smell (wine has still not yet been consumed), the breathlessness, the trip to A&E… Yep a seven long week Covid drama and if I had to use an emoji to illustrate the whole sodding experience,... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-11 08:59:32 UTC ]
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Lockdown diaries: the indie publisher

It came as no surprise that I caught the dreaded Covid-19. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the road with international and domestic authors, long hours in various media centres, and travel by London transport. We also live in a coronavirus hotspot, with multiple cases on my street... Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-05-05 16:37:36 UTC ]
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