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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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Our Editorial Coordinator Hayley recently visited the Society of Indexers. Here’s what she found out about that most complex of beasts: the index, which they define as an ‘ordered arrangement of entries … designed to enable users to locate information in a document or specific documents in a collection’.

Your book may be complete with a fantastic cover and great looking interior. But, for non-fiction books, the index is the real nitty gritty that ties all of the book’s content together. So, where to start? It’s a question we often get asked. We point authors in the direction of The …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

A pen name, a nom de plume – call it what you will – it’s a little bit marmite for me. Unless there is a really compelling reason why a pen name should be used, then I am a fan of sticking with your own. However, talking to so many indie writers this weekend, taking a pen name appears to be something that many seem to consider when they are looking at starting their writing career.

Pen names are used for many reasons and even in mainstream publishing they’re not uncommon – mainly by authors, household names, writing in different …

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