Episode 114 – High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

Episode 114 - High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

“I don’t want people to buy my book.” That’s a sentence I honestly don’t think I’ve heard an author say before, ever. But Barbara Gray’s vision for her second book, Secrets of the Amazon, was very different to that of most authors. It’s part of what she calls high fidelity,…

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Episode 113 – Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Episode 113 - Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Networking is (quite literally, it turns out) a ‘dirty word’, but Dr David Burkus brings together studies and stories that show how we’ve got it wrong: we don’t ‘do networking’, we ARE a network. This is invaluable for anyone in business, but David also describes in detail how he gets…

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Episode 110 – The Best Bits!

Episode 110 - The Best Bits!

Another helping of best bits from recent episodes: we’re talking about ‘fast books’ and ‘slow books’, writing with a co-author, and how doodling can help you come sideways at a book. Tune in, sit back, and listen to insights and inspiration from these superb writers: Steve Scott on how he’s…

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Episode 109 – Books and business models with Steve Scott

Steve Scott started writing and publishing to build his business, but pretty soon his business became writing and publishing books: he now has more than 70 to his name, all focused on helping internet entrepreneurs succeed. In this week’s podcast this multi-bestselling author reflects on what he’s learned about the…

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Episode 108 – The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Episode 108 - The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Something a bit different this week: I interview myself to pull out some of the learnings from the process of writing This Book Means Business, a book about writing a book to build your business written to build my business. Meta, huh? Discover how and why The Extraordinary Business Book…

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Episode 107 – Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Episode 107 - Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Leadership expert Jurgen Appelo’s advice to first-time authors is simple: ‘Iterate.’ He goes on to explain: ‘You need a feedback cycle. You need to know as soon as possible whether it is making sense, what you’re writing. People have to read it.’ Jurgen walks the talk, building his community as…

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Episode 106 – The Business Book Awards with Lucy McCarraher

On 16 March 2018, the inaugural Business Book Awards ceremony took place in London. It was an extraordinary occasion, bringing together the top names in books and business in the UK and beyond, and with shortlists including books from the biggest traditional publishers to the smallest independent presses and even…

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Episode 105 – Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Episode 105 - Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Something a little different this week: a report from the bleeding edge of the publishing industry, also known as the IPG Spring Conference. This is one of the most exciting and diverse events of the publishing calendar, bringing together publishers from all genres of publishing and from all sizes of…

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Episode 104 – Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Ep 104 - Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Have you ever thought of business as art? Edgar Papke and Thomas Lockwood, experts in organizational culture and design respectively, wanted to encourage leaders to design their businesses consciously for innovation and collaboration with their book Innovation by Design. And what better way than to write collaboratively? This is a…

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Episode 103 – Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Episode 103 - Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Music notation may seem a world away from business books, but the parallels are striking: when music editor Elaine Gould wrote what was to become the classic reference work Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation, her focus was relentlessly on the musicians who had to use those marks…

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