Catch up with what’s happening on our social media feeds, and find out about the latest authors to publish with The Book Guild… there’s also company news, the latest author events and a round-up of our latest reviews and media coverage.

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Catch up with what’s happening on our social media feeds, and find out about the latest authors to publish with The Book Guild… there’s also company news, the latest author events and a round-up of our latest reviews and media coverage.

Out and About…

The Book Guild has been in attendance at events this year, the most notable being the London Book Fair and Winchester Writers’ Conference. The London Book Fair again took place at Olympia, but a month earlier than usual in April. The Book Guild had a stand in the Writers’ Block, a stand opposite the Authors’ Centre upstairs in the main hall. Our Managing Director, Jeremy Thompson, was part of a discussion panel looking at alternative ways to get published, including Partnership Publishing and self-publishing. The general consensus was that there are many different routes to publication, and that an author has the responsibility to choose what is right for their own circumstances and aims.

Winchester Writers’ Conference is a well known highlight of the writers’ calendar. The Book Guild shared a stand with parent company Troubador this year, showing off some of our latest titles and discussing publishing in general with delegates.

We also exhibited at the 5th Self-Publishing Conference in April, again with a display of books and constructive discussions with authors and other suppliers. More to come later this year!

WIN a book deal, plus £1,000!


Want to see your book in print, and net a tasty advance too? Writers Online are offering a special deal…



  • The winning author will see their book published in 2017 by The Book Guild, and get £1,000 cash, courtesy of the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust.
  • The Book Guild will provide a copyedit, cover design, full text design, and layout, one set of proofs, for author to check, ISBN allocation, bookshop sales representation, marketing to the trade and media and distribution to the book trade for one year.

How To Enter

To enter, you must have a novel manuscript of 60,000-100,000 words finished and ready to go.

We need to see:

  • The first chapter
  • A one-line elevator pitch or tagline
  • A 500 word synopsis of the entire story
  • A brief account of your publishing and writing experience to date
  • A 500 word plan of any promotional opportunities and how you see your book fitting into the marketplace

Competition Closing Date

Entry to this competition has now closed.

Self-Publishing Conference 2016

Self-Publishing Conference 2016

The Book Guild was a co-sponsor of the 4th Self-Publishing Conference, held in Leicester in early May. As the company doesn’t offer a self-publishing service to authors, it may seem to be a strange thing for the company to do; but in these days of ‘authorpreneurs’ and author-led book promotion, the ethos of the event shares much with what The Book Guild does do.

In any form of commercial publishing nowadays, whether under a wholly traditional model or a partnership model (both of which The Book Guild offers), authors are key to the success of any new book. And authors are an essential part of the marketing mix; those authors who are active in promoting and marketing their work will generally se far better sales that those who sit back and expect the publisher to do everything. Sponsoring the event helps to encourage authors of any publishing background to get ideas and experience to make their publishing project a better and more successful one.

The Self-Publishing Conference covered a wide range of topics of interest to authors, from aspects of production through to author websites, self-promotion and even audio books. An excellent Keynote speech from The Bookseller’s Caroline Sanderson concentrated on the need for quality in books, however they are published. A plenary session from Kingston University’s Alison Baverstock looked at the rise of the independent author, and the many different and perfectly legitimate routes to publication that have developed over the last 15 years.

Participants at the event could choose from a wide range of sessions, 18 in all, covering editorial development, erotic writing, cover design and embellishments, structuring a children’s book, self-promotion, using digital and social media, metadata, opportunities in ebooks… an excellent range of subjects discussed by some very enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers.

One of the most important aspects of events like this is the opportunity for authors – who are often solitary in nature – to network with like-minded people sharing a common goal. The conference included plenty of time for this, and by the first coffee break there was an obvious buzz going around the hospitality lounge as the ice had been broken and people shared ideas and experiences. When the sessions had all ended, a drinks reception got underway and the obvious benefits of the day to authors were self-evident, if the level of noise ion the reception was anything to go by!

Now in its fourth year, this conference certainly delivered on its promises, and has received only excellent reviews across author blogs and social media. We hope to be a sponsor next year!

London Book Fair 2016

London Book Fair 2016

April 12th saw staff from The Book Guild on their own stand for the first time in years exhibiting at The London Book Fair. Held at Olympia this year for the second time after its move from Earl’s Court, the trade exhibition is the UK’s premier event for publishers, retailers and all things ‘book’. This year in particular the Fair seemed to have grown again, at least judging by the number of stands and visitors attending.

The three-day event is a long and tiring one, but is essential for any publisher serious about book retailing in the UK. We welcomed a steady stream of our authors to the stand to meet the new staff and view their book, plus numerous suppliers, agents and retailers. With a new look to the company — though still based on the Siamese cat logo — the Book Guild stand attracted a lot of admiring glances and positive comments.

The event creates an enormous amount of follow-up work for the staff, so please bear with us in the coming weeks! Thanks to all those authors who dropped in to meet us, including Daniel Pascoe, Angela Fish, Jaime Manrique-Palacín, Sylvia Stock and many others. And thanks to Lauren and Hannah, stalwarts of The Book Guild LBF16 stand!


Wide coverage for Jimmy Hill celebration…


Bryony Hill’s new book My Gentleman Jim received wide coverage in the national media in November following its release. Coverage in the Daily Mail inevitably concentrated on Jimmy Hill’s decline in the last few years from Alzheimer’s disease, and the effect that it has had on his relationship with Bryony. Yet most of the book is a celebration of Jimmy’s life with Bryony, a life spent at the forefront of football in the last twentieth century, first as a player and manager, and latterly as a ‘pundit’.

Following earlier media coverage, other nationals also published features, including The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. Follow-up articles also appeared in the Daily Mail and other media, and Bryony was featured on local BBC TV news discussing the book and her life with Jimmy. Other media coverage is planned and executed at the time of writing.

Troubador Publishing acquires The Book Guild…


On July 1st, Troubador Publishing Ltd acquired The Book Guild Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Troubador will continue to run The Book Guild Ltd as an independent company.

The acquisition of The Book Guild is a strategic move by Troubador to consolidate its position at the high end of the author services market in the UK. As well as several traditionally published commercial lists, Troubador also runs the highly respected Matador self-publishing imprint, which leads the market in the UK for high quality author-financed publishing. The Book Guild has a similar ethos in its successful partnership publishing model, and is a natural commercial fit with Troubador.

Troubador’s Managing Director, Jeremy Thompson, said: “With the Matador imprint, our goal has been to offer the highest quality self-publishing production, distribution and marketing services that an author can source in the UK. The Book Guild also has this goal, and has successfully been offering a different form of author-financed publishing at the highest level for many years. Together, Matador and The Book Guild offer authors the highest quality publishing services in the UK, and under the same Troubador umbrella the synergy they offer can only be of benefit to authors.”

The Book Guild’s offices in Brighton have been relocated to join Troubador’s offices in Leicestershire, where it will benefit from Troubador’s greater resources, including dedicated book distribution facilities. The company’s services will be developed in the coming months to offer a wider range of services to authors and greater support that a larger publishing group can bring.