Happy to be working with the United Nations

Looking forward to working with the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Rome in the coming weeks.

Publications are central to FAO’s work as a knowledge organization. More than 300 titles per year are published — usually in multiple language versions — on topics such as hunger and food security, commodity markets, climate change, nutrition, fisheries, forests, rural livelihoods and much more.

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The Wire – Remarkable

Quite frankly those around me are probably pretty much sick to death of me nagging them to watch The Wire but it really is for their own good. Anyway, was reminded about it again by reading Peter Collingbridge’s blog (very excellent blog by the way if you are interested in publishing and how it may work in the world going forward) – anyway recommend this post on The Wire.

If you want to hear the great Charlie Brooker on the same subject then you may do so here:

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Happy to be working with O’Brien Press

Pleased to be working with the O’Brien Press in Dublin in the next few weeks. A little about them:

The O’Brien Press is Ireland’s leading general publisher of both adult and children’s books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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Books by Their Covers

One of my very favourite websites – which on occasion loses me way too much time is Book By Its Cover. The person who publishes the site finds such great books with even greater covers and it is just done so well. Anyway, some of the covers I like from the books on my own shelves.

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Happy to be working with Cabi Publishing

CabiVery happy to be working with Cabi just outside Oxford in the UK in the next few weeks.

‘… publishers of renowned scientific information, including CAB Abstracts, our world-leading bibliographic database, multimedia compendia, books and internet resources. Our subject areas include agriculture, animal and veterinary science, environmental sciences, human health, food and nutrition, leisure and tourism, microbiology and parasitology, and plant sciences.

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The joy of being a European Mac user

I am in the process of buying a 17″ MacBook Pro. So, it seems I can either buy it on my account in Sweden or me and my partner can fly to New York buy it in one of the Apple Stores and have dinner; few drinks; crash somewhere semi decent and fly home with change in our pockets. Craziness.

Prices in US Dollars: Sweden $5039 or in the US $3452.

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Advances and craziness

Just been doing a little catching up on reading (way, way behind) so hence linking to this late. But a bit of a pet subject/hobby horse is the quite frankly dodgy maths that generally intelligent people indulge in when it comes to the subject of advances. Yes, I know it’s not as simple as straight maths (serialisation; prestige; other rights etc. etc. etc.). But, I see a lot of systems with a lot of advances; author contracts; print estimates; sales forecasts and so on and have seen some scary stuff.

Anyway, one of my favourite publishing blogs (Joe Wikert’s 2020 – which always has a great mix of comment; links and insight (and he writes well – always entertaining and clear – anyway, enough of that go check it out yourself!) had this article a couple of weeks ago (said I was behind! – It has been the London Book Fair for crying out loud!) about advances.

Post I made earlier making similar point about the maths just not working for so many of these deals.

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New Onix Code list issued

Onix Code List 8 is available for download from the Editeur website. I haven’t had a chance to look through the change list in any detail yet so will save any comments for the next day or so.

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University of Wales Press

Very pleased to be working in the coming weeks with the University of Wales Press. And would like to thank them for great time at London Book Fair a couple of weeks ago celebrating the publication of the Encyclopedia of Wales.

Having been involved on and off over the last few months with the Press I am very aware of the incredible amount of work that has gone into this remarkable publication and wish them every success with it.

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And I even like the cover …

Been enjoying very much the first single from the Scarlett Johansson upcoming record of Tom Waits covers (though think there is one composition of her own on the end).

There is track by track on the Uncut site if you want to learn more (via Rare Autumn). Not sure why Gawker feel need to be such twats about it but guess that is their job – still lazy; ignorant nonsense is I guess their stock in trade. Anyway, single bodes well for the album and features nice cameo from David Bowie in the background.

And some of the various bits of artwork for the album seen around the web look fantastic as indeed does the cover of the single itself.

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