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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Well that’s it for 2010 here in the Allison & Busby office! A big thank you to everyone – to all our blog followers, to our loyal book readers, to the booksellers who continue to support us, the literary agents who help build our list and of course to the Allison & Busby authors who provide us with […]

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Time for Christmas markets!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The fact that we are experiencing a white Christmas does add a little something to the festivities. Ok, the man shouting expletives into his mobile phone (as he explains to whoever is on the receiving end that his train is delayed by an hour due to the weather conditions) does not fall in line with […]

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Novel wallpaper…literally.

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Here’s a novel (!) idea for home décor. Spineless publishing produces full text of your favourite classics with artfully cut out illustrations, all ready for you to hang on your walls. So, this Christmas, when the family becomes too much, you can stare over their shoulders and read away to your heart’s content, remembering to […]

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Testing times…

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Yesterday evening we enjoyed a very jolly office Christmas party. It involved a luminous tree; adequate amounts tinsel, tea light candles carefully strewn around the office (and not too close to our large archive of books), copious amounts of cava and mulled wine, a ridiculously large spread of food (note-to-self: remember, Chiara, when you next […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The importance of fonts

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

As any self-respecting cover designer will tell you, choosing a font is very important business. Just look at our moody vampiric swirls for the Morganvilles, or the art deco typeface used for the Laurie R. King series. Finding the perfect font is as important as finding or creating the perfect image for a cover. So, […]

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Porn for book lovers (bookshelf series, 3)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Following my battle building bookshelves and search for more inspiring book-storage ideas, today I share with you the most recent discoveries. There is no doubt that some book collections are worth framing, but whether you have signed first editions of classics or just beautifully coloured paperbacks that would make a nice splash on the wall, […]

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A great book to read, or wear, or…

Monday, December 13th, 2010

We should stop thinking of ourselves as book publishers. That was one of the resounding lines echoed unnervingly in my head after an ebook conference last week. Too true, of course, when the rise of ebooks is plain to see and digital opportunities for publishers and authors abound. But this thought also coincided with a […]

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IKEA… behind Scandinavian crime writers’ success?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In the Metro this morning there was an article on Scandinavian crime writers noting how interest in this particular area of crime is far from losing momentum. But did you know that there is a direct correlation between the increasing popularity of Scandinavian crime and DIY giant IKEA? According to author Matt Benyon Rees (whose […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: I Hate Christmas (but I now love sprouts…)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

This has got to be one of my favourite covers on our list. Simple and to the point. And how lucky we are that the brussel sprout, that un-loved Christmas vegetable, is green and not, for example, orange. The Christmas colouring for the cover just wouldn’t have worked, would it… But on this subject of […]

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Support Reading with the Big Give Xmas Challenge

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

‘Tis the season of giving… and this week, giving is worth double. The Big Give 2010 Christmas Challenge runs from 6th – 10th December and means that any online donations to partnering charities made through The Big Give will be worth double the amount! One of the charities that is part of the initiative is […]

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Fool-proofing your titles…

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A bit of ‘science’ to help authors wishing to top the bestseller lists has surfaced over the past week. The people behind Lulu.com, the self-publishing website, have created a gizmo called Titlescorer. After analyzing the titles of the hardback fiction books on the New York Times bestseller list for the past sixty years, they say […]

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Tag Your Bag

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

As anyone with the same appetite for books as the A&B office will know (and which Chiara has demonstrated in her recent hunt for new bookshelves), there comes a time when it is impossible to keep any more books. When your bookcases are so full that you’re stacking books on the floor around that piece […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Covering the AIDS issue

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Today is World Aids Day and as I thought about the AIDS issue I had a quick browse on Amazon to see what books were out there on the topic. And my search brought up a fair amount, but mostly quite stern, scientific, textbook-looking books. Of course, AIDS is indeed a very serious topic and […]

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  • Currently we are...

  • …loading up

    Lesley: on books for the long weekend. Please can someone schedule decent sunshine to read in too?

  • …Reading

    The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
    Sophie: Yes, regular readers of the blog might remember that this one cropped up before, I'm still making my way through. At nearly 800 pages I think I’ll still be reading it at Christmas. But it’s so good I don’t think I care.

  • …Tweeting