For many aspiring authors, the thought of handing over their beloved manuscript to an editor — or anyone else for that matter — can be daunting. However, editors play a vital role in the publishing process, and working with a skilled editor can greatly enhance the quality and appeal of a book. In this post, we’ll explore the important role that book editors play over the course of a book’s publishing journey, and shed some light on what they do to help bring a book to life.
You may have noticed that we’ve been unusually silent over the past few weeks. If you’ve followed us for a while you’ll know that at Matthew James Publishing we pride ourselves on being as transparent as possible in an otherwise opaque industry — often being as vocal about our defeats as we are about our victories. Therefore, we thought it would be best to write the whole story down and let you all know what’s been going on.
Manchester is a lively, multicultural city filled to the brim with things to see and do and there’s incredible history to the city too. Many books have been written on the music of Manchester, the historical significance of some of its most amazing buildings, and even the gangs that have populated the city over the years. However, where do you go if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, and settle down with a good book? Well, in no particular order, we have some recommendations for you.
What would Sal Paradise be drinking if On The Road was set today? What’s the perfect tipple to head down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland? As much as we love classic books, we also love good beer. That’s why we asked our friends at Traders in Marple — a fantastic craft beer pub just down the road from our offices — to pair a selection of tasty craft beers with some classic books and the results are fantastic.
In his exploit, Glasgow police officer Angus Thoroughgood heads south from his beloved city and finds himself in Manchester. More specifically, this is Manchester in 1990 when football, music, and the city’s infamous nightclub scene were at a fever pitch. And although it isn’t home for the Scot, it’s the perfect backdrop for author R.J. Mitchell’s brand of gritty, high-octane crime writing.