March 1, 2021
What makes a great book cover? Adrian and Rebecca speak to Jem Butcher, one of the UK's leading cover designers and creator of six designs for Hobeck books to date. Jem talks about why he made the switch from being art director of Simon and Schuster UK to go freelance thirteen years ago, and why he never tires of the challenge of designing superb covers. Adrian and Rebecca also discuss the potential return of live event literary festivals this summer, Hillary Clinton's foray into thriller writing, and how depression can derail the creative process.
February 22, 2021
In this week's episode, Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart speak to Hobeck Books author Linda Huber as they publish her latest novel, Daria's Daughter. They discuss Linda's lifelong love of words, her writing process, and why she sometimes cries when finishing a manuscript. Plus Adrian and Rebecca consider why the English Midlands has so few publishers, and how subscription services are influencing the publishing industry. Remember there's a 20% discount with the code HOBCAST20 if you visit the Hobeck bookshop here.
February 15, 2021
In Episode 5 of The Hobcast, publishers Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins talk to Hobeck Books U.S Editor, Matt Bird about the power of editing, and about his upcoming book, The Secrets of Character, the follow up to the superb The Secrets of Story which was published in 2016. They also discuss the future of the London Book Fair, the challenges of audiobook narration, and set their targets for a week without interruptions from children.
February 8, 2021
In this episode of The Hobcast, publishers Adrian and Rebecca are joined by the man they call 'Uncle Bob', Robert Daws, Hobeck author and celebrated British actor. They discuss how he signed for Hobeck, what the impact of the lockdown has been on his acting career, and there's even an insight into his latest project working with the Fourth Doctor Who, Tom Baker. The show also covers the changes to the leadership at Amazon, a hike in VAT for UK Facebook advertisers, and we find out which words cause Rebecca to come out in a cold sweat...
February 1, 2021
After a week off to move house, the Hobcast returns. This week Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins speak to Hobeck author Antony Dunford about the launch of his debut thriller, Hunted. They also discuss the potential impact of Brexit on publishing, and how a brewing row between Facebook and Apple might affect their business. But first they need to find the podcast among the piles of moving boxes...
January 18, 2021
How do you run a creative business when you don't agree over a key issue? Hobeck Books directors Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins discuss how they deal with creative differences, the benefits of Book Brush, and they speak to debut Hobeck author Wendy Turbin in the week her novel Sleeping Dogs was published. Plus there's a sneak peek of Adrian's next audiobook project, Snakes and Ladders by best-selling author, Adam Croft.
January 11, 2021
Welcome to the opening episode of The Hobcast from Hobeck Books. Each week publishers Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins share their experience of running a start-up fiction publishing house, and speak to the people who make it possible, the authors, cover designers and editors. This week, our guest is AB Morgan, fresh from the release of Over Her Dead Body, her first novel for Hobeck. Head to the Hobeck Books website for the full show notes.