It can be quite difficult to understand copyright for authors and what you can and cannot do when writing a book. There are some issues that every writer needs to be aware of, both when it comes to your own work, and someone else’s words you are planning on using in your text. Here are a few basic rules, which are quite simple and easy

Audiobooks – readers either love them or hate them. On one side of the argument, for a lot of readers audiobooks provide an exciting way to experience stories. On the other side, many question if listening to the book is the same as actually reading it, even going so far as calling audiobook users cheaters. But with many countries repor

At Fairlight Books, one of our 2019 New Year’s resolutions is to ramp up the amount of blogging that we do about all of the UK’s fabulous bookshops. This week’s blog is about The Mainstreet Trading Company, which won Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018. One of the great successes of Mainstreet Trading is the fact that it has become a d

If you happen to see a perplexing plum bicycle or black and violet post box when wandering the streets of Oxford, don’t be concerned, Oxford isn’t remodelling itself into a purple city. These flashes of purple in the city aim to bring more than just colour, they represent the work of the Oxford Poetry Library (OPL) – a bicycle-drive

It is increasingly important to curate your author brand. Establishing a loyal fan base not only helps you connect to your audience but can also improve your publishing prospects. A writer’s first step in building their brand should be creating an attractive, user-friendly website. Here are some tips on how to ensure that your website p

Winter is just around the corner… and there’s no better way to spend the cold evenings curled up under a blanket, reading. So, we thought, why not make it a themed read. Last December, instead of our usual short stories, we published three stories set in the cold winter months, or with a festive theme. Here is a taste of the storie

I truly believe that bookshops are perfect spots to get to know the place you are visiting. That's why, whenever I travel, among the plans to visit museums, I always add bookshops (no matter if I speak the local language or not). I love looking at the different ways bookshops promote books and reading - you can learn a lot about the book

Based in the States, Sam Kalda is the illustrator for the Fairlight Moderns series. In 2017, Sam published his first book, Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen, and received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York. Throughout the years he has collabor