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This month, we've extended our focus across borders and overseas to look at publishing away from the traditional centres of London and New York, something mentioned more and more in discussions on the future of publishing. We interviewed some freelancers living happy lives in far-flung, exotic cities to find out how possible it is to abandon your day job and work remotely from a hammock. We spoke to former CNN broadcast journalist Rana Nejem, based in Jordan, about her new book When in the Arab World, a guide that fosters understanding of the Middle East for Western expats and businesspeople. And finally, we're sharing a list of four international cities with burgeoning literary scenes that are worth exploring this year. 
This month also saw the continuation of our Books for Brands series. Volumes 2, 3 and 4 showcase the fascinating ways beauty brand Soko Glam, drinks company Innocent and brand individual Kayla Itsines got ahead of the game with authoritative and practical editorial content, packaged in book form.

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John & Annabel 

  • When in the Arab World, an essential guide to living and working in the Middle East by Rana Nejem, was published on May 20th.
  • The Flower Seller by Ellie Holmes, a romantic novel about reinvention, is available to pre-order now.
  • The yearly Curious Arts Festival, run in part by our friends at literary agents Conville & Walsh, is on from 22- 24 July in the New Forest. Check out the special deal they've given us below.

 This year, The Curious Arts Festival will feature the workshops How to Get Published and How to Write a First Novel with award-winning authors like DBC Pierre. They've kindly supplied the whitefox network and friends with a discount code. Enter the code Family2016 at checkout and get a whole £50 off a weekend ticket.

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Mark Ecob
We spoke to book cover designer Mark Ecob, about his design process, his touching encounter with the late Iain Banks, and running a successful design studio with his wife Rosey from Frome in Somerset. We were also pleased to learn about the existence of Kindle Cover Disasters on Tumblr.

Follow Mark on Twitter here and check out his impressive portfolio of covers at his studio's website.
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Sophie Davies
We spoke to editor and journalist Sophie Davies, who maintains a busy freelance career from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She shared a wealth of valuable insight into the attainability of her lifestyle, the publishing climate in South America and the future of London and New York as publishing capitals of the world.

Follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her magazine, The Kurios.
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Rana Nejem

We interviewed Jordanian author Rana Nejem, about her new book When in the Arab World and the long career that's seen her in posts as a CNN journalist, as head of the late King Hussein’s International Media Department and managing the public diplomacy and communications for Jordan’s British Embassy in Amman.

Follow her on Twitter and take a look at her consultancy Yarnu too.

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In keeping with our focus on publishing's dispersal from London and New York, here are 4 up and coming international literary scenes on our list of places to visit.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Birthplace to authors Juan Carlos OnettiEduardo GaleanoCristina Peri Rossi and contemporary author Fernando Butazzoni, Montevideo hosts a branch of the FILBA Internacional literary festival in September.

Cristina Peri Rossi

Óbidos, Portugal

The International Literary Festival of Óbidos (FOLIO) runs from Sept 22 to Oct 2 this year, featuring up and coming Angolan author Djaimilia Pereira and Salman Rushdie.

Djaimilia Pereira

Tartu, Estonia

The second largest city in Estonia was named a UNESCO City of Literature last year, and is home to the Prima Vista Literary Festival, which takes place in May. Estonia is also home to authors Tonu Onnepalu and Kaur Kender, 'Estonia's Chuck Palahniuk'.

Kaur Kender

Ljublana, Slovenia

Ljubljana boasts such a rich literary heritage that a Ljublana Literary Atlas has recently been published to track locations associated with famous authors, such as war survivors Vitomil Zupan, Igor Torkar and modernist poet Veno Taufer.


Igor Torkar


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  • Agencies specialising in ebook conversion, typesetting and/or internal design
  • Cover copy writers for commercial fiction
  • Ghostwriters for children's and YA books.
  • Digital PR specialists
  • Cover designers

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