Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Rachael Cooper from Jericho Writers looks at longevity for your writing.

The oldest known literary work, the Epic of Gilgamesh, was created almost 4 thousand years ago. Although we don’t know who the author is, he would definitely be delighted with the long life of his creation.

Every author is curious about how long people will read their books, and many of us consider the time to be the ultimate judge of a writer’s quality. And even the most zealous ministers of the craft occasionally think about what can be done to interest several generations of readers.

No one can guarantee the …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Operations Director Jane Rowland describes a day in her life at Troubador:

I’ve been at Troubador for over twenty years. I started out freelancing when I left university, helping out on publishing projects as needed while I also worked in the radio industry (writing and producing adverts for a variety of radio stations). Eventually, I picked publishing over the radio, and moved into a full-time position at Troubador, looking after academic books and journals. This does mean that over the years I’ve actually worked in most departments – I used to manage the company’s academic journal programme, before it was …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

At Troubador, we have three trained mental health first aiders – staff trained upon a specialist course in 2019 who are available to support the team and put mental health on the agenda in the workplace. We run wellbeing activities, team building events, general support and compile our wellbeing newsletter full of activities, research and tips for staff. Most recently we have been focussing on the links between creativity and wellbeing.

Emerging research draws links between creativity and positivity, with creative activities having a beneficial effect on our emotions and overall wellbeing, even after just one session of being creative. …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Operations Director Jane Rowland gives her annual summary of what could be big in publishing in 2021!

Most years, I take a look at the trends and genres that are likely to be ‘big’ in publishing over the next 12 months. Predicting anything 12 months ahead at the moment feels like a fool’s errand, so instead let me look at the changes as well as predictions.

I’ve spent so much time in front of a screen, working, socialising, studying, partying and doing my (now online) yoga, that I had an epiphany in December. Having always loved my Kindle for the …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Social media has rapidly become one of the most effective ways of reaching a large number of people in seconds. For authors, this is great! Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram offer you the chance to join a huge – and growing – online community of readers and writers, to network with people you otherwise wouldn’t reach, to find and share information and, of course, to promote your book.

For many authors, social media is their primary means of marketing their book. They can reach readers to share news, views and information about their new title. They …

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