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Simon Does A Podcast

Simon Does A Podcast

Created by John Pettigrew, Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. This week, the guest is Bookswarm's very own...

It’s GDPR day! Revels abound…

It’s GDPR day! Revels abound…

Yes, the day has arrived. The General Data Protection Regulation is being enforced from today, Friday 25th May. If you have taken the first steps on your compliance journey, well done! If you haven't - DON'T PANIC! The Information Commissioner has been doing the media...

Blue lights and sirens – unhacking WordPress

Blue lights and sirens – unhacking WordPress

We've helped two clients deal with hacked WordPress sites this week. We won't say who they were, but they both had fairly nasty infections which meant that when visitors accessed their sites, new browser tabs would open with spammy content. In one instance, the...

What makes a good literary agency website?

We've recently completed several projects for literary agencies and we thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the anatomy of an effective agency website. From experience, we think that most agents' sites will need the following core elements: An...

Ten Years, Ten Things

Ten Years, Ten Things

It's been ten years since I started Bookswarm. In that time, we have designed and built a lot of websites. We have made a lot of mistakes. And we have learned a lot of lessons. I sat down to reflect on all of our experiences, and to try and and identify some of the...

One week until London Book Fair!

One week until London Book Fair!

For those in the publishing world it's that time of year again - all the fun of London Book Fair awaits at Olympia (and the sore feet and sore throat that the hardened book fair visitor knows only too well!). Bookswarm will once again be on the IPAC stand - 4B30 - we...

Check out our partners

Check out our partners

[insert obligatory handshake picture here] At Bookswarm we're big believers in partnership and karma - so we thought it was time we had somewhere on our website that listed the wonderful friends and partners we have worked with over the years. They all do things that...

So what’s this GDPR malarkey then?

So what’s this GDPR malarkey then?

You may have started to see a marked increase in blog posts, articles and general chatter about GDPR in recent months. Although the details have been known about for ages, it comes in to force in a May, and in best 'Millennium Bug' tradition, many businesses are only...

Bookswarm sponsoring Byte the Book

Bookswarm sponsoring Byte the Book

Bookswarm is sponsoring February's Byte the Book event, entitled Buzz Words: How Can You Build A Community Around Your Content, which takes place on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 18:30 - 21:00 at The House of St Barnabas in London's Soho. What are the most effective...

Simon’s interview with Abidemi.tv

Simon’s interview with Abidemi.tv

Our own Simon has been interviewed for writing advice site Abidemi.tv by Abidemi Sanusi, the founder of the site, which aims to provide support to writers. Read the interview

Barbara Oakley on rewiring your brain

There's a great interview with Bookswarm client Dr Barbara Oakley on the New York Times today, all about her massively successful online course, Learning How to Learn. We designed and built Barbara's website last year and we think she's a real inspiration! Read the...

Bookswarm creates new P. D. James website for Faber

Faber & Faber has launched a website dedicated to the "beloved" crime writer and author P. D. James, on the date of the author's birthday. The site was designed and built by Bookswarm in response to Faber's brief to create an online hub for information about...

FutureBook on ‘browser books’

Our friend Molly Flatt at FutureBook has just published a very interesting editorial piece about 'browser books' which takes as its starting point Phoenix Magazine's journey from delivering digital content via an app to delivering via a well-organised web-based...

Has social media made author websites obsolete?

An author website is still far more essential than Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, says Simon Appleby. This piece originally appears on the Bookseller's Futurebook website. It seems remarkable to me, in 2017, to even be discussing whether an author should have a...

My Digital Life: Dr Barbara Oakley

Welcome to the third post of our new series, in which we ask our author clients to answer three questions about how they use digital marketing in their careers, and how it affects their writing. This week: Dr Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland...

My Digital Life: Peter Fisk

Welcome to the second post of our new series, in which we ask our lovely author clients to answer three questions about how they use digital marketing in their careers, and how it affects their writing. This week: Peter Fisk. Peter is a global business thought leader...