Monthly Archive:: February 2013

Telling Stories…About Stories

Amy Orringer blogs about attending The Story Conference, a day-long conference all about telling stories. Here’s a quote from their website, “The Story is not about theories of stories, or making money from stories, but about the sheer visceral pleasure of telling a story.” I think I heard somewhere that your brain really likes being […]

Why are you reading that?

Today’s blog was written by Nigel McDowell, the author of TALL TALES FROM PITCH END, which will be published in June 2013. With this month marking the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Sylvia Plath’s THE BELL JAR, Nigel got to thinking about his experience with the book and the issue of “gendered” books. Blue […]

Want to Work in Children’s Book Publishing?

Last week, we did A Day in the Life… video series featuring all our fantastic assistants and what they do. We’ve had an amazing response – mostly people wanting to know how they can break into the industry. If you missed it, see yesterday’s round up check it out here (or below). I’ve already blogged […]

These are the days of our lives…

We had such a great response to our Day in the Life series last week, we wanted to collect all our video posts and a sampling of the questions we got in a single post. We’re giving you another opportunity to ask our lovely assistants questions about their work. But we also want to hear […]

A Day in the Life of a Design Assistant

Today we bring our Day in the Life series to a close with a video from our design department. Our two creative geniuses Jet and Jan work endlessly to deliver cover designs that prompt massive amounts of ooh-ing and ahh-ing in our publishing meetings. So today, Jan is going to bring you along as he […]

A Day in the Life of a Sales, PR and Marketing Assistant

There is a special team of people here at Hot Key Books — they call themselves the SPAM team — who are responsible for all the Sales, PR, and Marketing activity around our books. These five ladies are the brains behind every ad, every event, every Twitter hashtag and Facebook contest we have here at […]

A Day in the Life of a Sales Assistant

Today’s “Day in the Life” post focuses on how a book transforms from its UK edition form into its brand-new form as a foreign language edition. Every day in the Red Lemon Press office, a talented team of individuals sell books all over the world. In the video below, Sales Assistant Mariana Podmore takes us […]

A Day in the Life of an Editorial Assistant (Part 2)

So, you’ve heard a bit about the nitty-gritty part of being an editorial assistant, but how about the fun stuff? Today, Editorial Assistant Becca Langton shares a bit about her favourite special projects. Hello there! Today I give you an insight into the more exciting aspects of assistant-ing. Where you get to watch really special […]

A Day in the Life of an Editorial Assistant (Part 1)

When you pluck a book off a shelf, you probably don’t see the invisible army behind each page — the bunches of people who helped the author take those pages from unedited manuscript to shiny finished copy. So this week, we’re giving you an all-access pass into the lives of some of the most important […]

Edyth Bulbring’s “Next Big Thing!”

Edyth Bulbring talks about A MONTH WITH APRIL- MAY, the first in a series of novels about a feisty teenage girl fighting for survival in, well, the very real world. Edyth shares her inspiration for the novel and discusses its defiance of typical classification… Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea, […]


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