A week in the life of a HarperFiction Intern

By Ellen Davies. What do interns get up to at HarperCollins? Ellen Davies walks us through her week in the Editorial department of Women’s Fiction and HarperImpulse. Monday I arrived at the glamourous-looking News Building bright and early on Monday morning. Equipped with a new security pass (and the bewildering knowledge that the lifts have no buttons), I was introduced to the lovely Editorial team in HarperFiction and settled in for an exciting week. On my first morning I got to sit in on an Editorial & Production Progress meeting. With all the talk of spot UV, embossed, soft touch, matt-lam, it was at first completely bewildering, until Martha (who’s the Commissioning Editor here, and also happens to make her own jeans) kindly talked me…

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What Readers Want – Lynne Drew’s View on the Trends in Women’s Fiction

The brilliant Lynne Drew, publisher of amazing women’s fiction, is here to give us her view on the hottest trends in commercial fiction at the moment.  #Romance15  OH if only I had a pound for every time someone asks about industry trends. And if only it were that simple – pick what everyone wants and you’d have a bestseller. However, here are a few thoughts … Gone Girl keeps running and running. There’s no let-up in appetite for the domestic thriller – the novel that peers behind the net curtain of married life to see what’s really going on. These novels aren’t traditional crime novels, hinging on detection or motive, and nor do they always feature police investigations. They’re psychological and the appeal lies in…

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