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Interesting publishing articles, videos, interviews & reviews

As you have probably guessed by now, the team at Mereo Books is passionate about publishing. Every year we help hundreds of people like you to turn their thoughts, ideas, imaginings and memories into high-quality published books.

We are increasingly being interviewed about self-publishing and ghost writing by the media, so we have created this page to make it easy for you to learn more about Mereo books, publishing and writing. It might be all you need to give you the confidence to become a published author too.

Simply click on the links below to listen to some useful publishing-related content.

  • White Light Red Fire

    Inspired by Braveheart, a late 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. “White Light – Red Fire” is a story about a strong aggressor looking to conquer a smaller nation. The story is however situated in a different time and place. The aggressor desires the natural resources of the land. A red stone, othium, is inert until in the hands of an old alchemist who can turn the dull red rock into a weapon of power and destruction.

  • The Dancing Debutante reviewed

    ‘Elfrida’s memoir evokes an era of film stars and glamour, travel and excitement, debutantes and dancing – they were the times of her life and she records them with directness, honesty and verve. It was an era I lived through too, names I remember, and her story is fascinating, a joy to read. You won’t put it down.’

    Sandra Howard – author

  • James Brearly talks to Ed Miliband about his book A Teenager's War

    The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

    In June 2014, all eyes were on the D-Day landings Beaches and the sites of the Battle of Normandy. The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy was commemorated by many Allied Heads of State and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

    Author of ‘A Teenagers War’, James Brearley attended the celebrations and met Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Princes Charles.

  • The E-book revolution, breaking through in the digital age

    “It’s impossible to sell animal stories in the US.” So said one American publisher after rejecting the manuscript of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

    He was spectacularly wrong, but not alone among the literary establishment in rejecting some of the world’s best-known and most-loved books.

    For centuries, agents and publishers have acted as gatekeeper of the printed word that gives authors access to a potential audience of millions.

    But a growing army of writers, emboldened by new technology and the proliferation of e-readers, are rejecting the traditional publishing model. Read the article

  • Booksellers have publishers 'over a barrel'

    Publisher and former Conservative Party politician Iain Dale has hit out at the big booksellers, including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon, saying they have publishers “over a barrel”. Speaking at the recent Independent Publishers Guild conference, Dale also repeated a call he made ten years ago to abolish “sale or return”.

    Read the article

  • bits

    Do you have the write stuff to be a novelist?

    The book industry is in the middle of an existential crisis as the rise of e-books, self-publishing and the internet threaten to overturn its traditional business methods.

    The printed book risks going the way of the cuneiform tablet, papyrus scroll or vellum parchment, say the doomsayers.

    Yet, the rapid changes in technology are proving a boon to many struggling authors, disappointed by a growing pile of publishers’ rejection letters.  Read the article

  • Has the Book a Future? London Book fair 2014

    International publishing is in the throes of the biggest upheaval it has faced since the advent of the paperback in the 1930s. Giant publishers are merging to square up to new digital media giants. From the London Book Fair Peter Day asks a basic question: can books survive

    Listen to the interview