On Monday 13th January, Marketing Controller Philippa Iliffe joined author Dean Moynihan at the prestigious Writers’ Guild Awards (WGGB) in central London. Philippa recounts their experience of the evening:

Dean and I arrived at the Royal College of Physicians to be welcomed by a marvellous red-carpet entrance and a swarm of eager paparazzi. The event, which was hosted by writer, comedian and actor Katy Brand celebrated the epitome of UK writing talent in an audience made up of those from a range of creative industries. Joining some of the most critically acclaimed writers and creatives for a champagne reception before …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Digital Marketing Controller Stephanie Carr shares the inside scoop on going digital with our ebook and audiobook services:

There are so many reasons that having your work available digitally can improve its chances of success. Ebooks are available internationally, opening your work up to a worldwide audience; they are relatively cheap to produce; there are no printing costs or potential ongoing storage costs to factor into your budget; readers can increase the size of the font or change the brightness of the screen; and best of all, thousands of them can be carried around in your pocket. At Troubador, around …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

As someone with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, part of my ongoing therapy is to keep a log of distressing feelings and link them to the thought or event that triggered them. The physical act of writing them down helps to empty the brain and reduce their power. Nowadays, this is called therapeutic journaling. In my day, it was called “Dear Diary.” Expressing these feelings is like unburdening yourself to a good counsellor whose job is to listen without judgement.

My writing career began as a trainee journalist on Vancouver Island where I covered local events and small-town news stories. When …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

As part of our membership with the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild), we are invited to attend their many publishing events across the year. IPG conferences are renowned throughout the publishing industry and their two-day conferences boast presentations, training and discussions across the publishing sector. This year, however, the current circumstances have meant that physical events are out of the question and the IPG Spring Conference was therefore taken completely online.

Using a state-of-the-art platform, members of the IPG came together to celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of the publishing industry. The IPG kindly opened up attendance to all staff …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

No doubt the dream of many independent writers – and fledgling writers, in particular, is to walk into Waterstones to see their book boldly displayed on one of the prominent tables, grabbing the attention of every browser and customer loitering in the shop. I must be a real writer – a professional! the feeling would surely be.

But the dream is entirely misplaced. It’s an aspiration that should be redirected away from the giants of the book trade and onto the independent stores.

After all, as an independent writer – the focus should be on the markets and outlets that best accommodate …

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