Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

Am I Too Old to Publish my First Book?

Am I Too Old to Publish my First Book?

  The short answer is no, certainly you are not too old to publish a first book. I will bet you there’s at least one author, in the list below, who was older than you when their first book was published. Ten writers who started ‘late’ 1. Toni Morrison, winner of...
Should I Have My Editor Sign an NDA?

Should I Have My Editor Sign an NDA?

From time to time, I’m asked to sign an NDA before a potential client will tell me anything about their book. This does seem to be more common in the USA, but I know other UK editors also run into it. These are not authors who are going to be privy to trade secrets,...
Five Reasons To Hire An Editor Before Self-Publishing

Five Reasons To Hire An Editor Before Self-Publishing

You want to get your stories out there and make some money as well. Self-publishing seems like a great way to do it: you can make the decisions over every aspect of your book and receive the bulk of the sale price in royalties too. You’re sure that if you work hard...
Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

This is such a common question, it’s really worth spending some time trying to get clear. First, let’s establish what a literary agent does, and how they get paid – these things will show us what they want. Then, let’s look at who needs an agent, who doesn’t and why,...