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Child’s Play

In the flurry of e-book and print books sales stats, we know for certain that the children’s market does not conform to the wider market’s results. Still a predominantly print-based market it is the only one of the four major BookScan categories to have year-on-year growth. Yet digital is having a big impact on the […]

The Broadcast Takeover

Television is an increasingly important area for writers and the publishing industry generally.  As the book market becomes ever more competitive, the writer’s platform has to grow in as many ways as possible… and one of the biggest platforms out there is TV.  That’s why tonight’s show is so important. The Broadcast Takeover is a […]

Julian Assange, The Unauthorised Biography

He’s the quintessential international man of mystery: Julian Assange has surprised the world again by (a) suddenly and secretly publishing his autobiography, and (b) immediately denouncing it and his publishers, Canongate! What happens under these circumstances? Listen to the latest Debriefer to find out… Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as […]

Loot!

The Debriefer is back from our Summer hols… and our agenda is full to bursting with the Apple price fixing suit… why Harper Lee didn’t write again… What The UK riots mean for bookstores… yet another book banning… the (law) Force is not with George Lucas… and Memphis Beat gets it wrong! Presented by Donna […]

Don’t Like The Book? Sue The Author!

Should authors sign non-complete clauses?  Can you include song lyrics in your manuscript? And readers suing authors for books they don’t happen to like… it seems to be a growing, and disturbing, trend… Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email […]

Mountain of Lies?

Yet another author is accused of embellishing the truth in a non-fiction book – step forward Greg Mortenson, who it’s alleged exaggerated or distorted facts in his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and its sequel, Stones into Schools. Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes […]

A Town Called Sue

That’s what m’learned friends call London – A Town Called Sue – because it’s the libel capital of the world, where the courts have become casinos for the international rich and powerful to become… even more rich and powerful.  No book is published in Britain without much consideration being given to possible libel charges… and […]

Love & The Law Go Hand In Hand

Former President Jimmy Carter is sued by a pro-Israel group for writing a book they don’t like, with serious implications for all writers… how e-book royalty rates are screwing authors…  an under-the-table copyright grab by a major publisher… and on this Valentine’s day, how the law affects romance writing! Download the show as mp3 file […]

Incitement

“Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly” advertised Giffords’ 2010 Congressional opponent Jesse Kelly… free speech or incitement to murder?  Plus…  authors entering the public domain this year… Amazon going Orwellian on us once again… and what happens after you kill off the parents? (in your plot, that […]

Introducing Donna’s Domain

What do The Diary of Adrian Mole, Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and WikiLeaks have in common?  You’ll be amazed!  Plus fake reviews… fake kisses… and ways you can use the law to give your stories more depth. Don’t forget – you can post topics for Donna to discuss in Donna’s Domain inside […]

Apocalypse BBC

The BBC has provided the world – yes, the world – with outstanding radio drama for 75 years.  Yet as of the 1st of April 2011, the BBC’s World Service Radio Drama department is being completely axed – and shockingly, the BBC World Service will no longer broadcast any regular drama. This essential betrayal of […]

Writing On Rails

The tsunami of advice and self-help books courses, seminars and retreats is one of the few boom areas in the publishing business at the moment – each time an editor is made redundant, they either become an agent, or set themselves up as book doctors.  Dave Bartram finds all this onanistic self-regard deeply disturbing (are […]

The Devil & Google Are Raging Inside Me

The e-book is barely with us, yet already it’s threatening to undermine the whole publishing edifice.  The news that Britain’s WH Smith and Amazon are apparently getting into a price war (Dan Brown at £2.78 from Smiths; Stieg Larsson at £2.68 from Amazon) is bad news for everyone – but particularly writers.  “Cheaper is not […]