April 12, 2021
They're the backbone of the indie publishing industry - the bloggers! Hobeck Books founders, Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins speak to three of the UK's most prolific book bloggers about how and why they commit so much of their time to reading and reviewing books. Also in this episode of the Hobcast, they discuss latest Hobeck signing Brian Price, memories of HRH Prince Philip, and Rebecca remembers her first books as a published author.
April 5, 2021
Hobeck Books directors Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart discuss another busy week for their publishing business, including details of a new author signing. We speak to thriller author Lewis Hastings in the second part of our interview, and find out how Line of Duty really matches up with the reality of modern-day law enforcement. And there's the news we've all been waiting for - who has won the Hobeck Easter Egg competition?
March 29, 2021
In the first of a two-part interview, Hobeck author Lewis Hastings joins us from New Zealand to discuss putting real life experiences in law enforcement into his fiction. The author four thrillers featuring former British cop Jake Cade, Lewis explains how a conversation with his father inspired his writing career, and how social media is a key part of his writing life. Adrian and Rebecca also reveal how they celebrated their first Hobeck number one bestseller title, and we pay tribute to two dearly missed members of the Hobeck family.
March 22, 2021
It's Episode 10 of the Hobcast! This week, publishers Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins are joined by Hobeck Books author Kerena Swan on the eve of the release of Blood Loss - her new psychological thriller. We talk about how illness inspired her to start writing, and how her experience in the care sector has shaped her work and her characters. Plus there's discussion of the #Audiblegate scandal that is building momentum within the indie publishing community, and we find out which modern business phrases drive the presenters crazy.
March 15, 2021
In this week's Hobcast from Hobeck Books - we speak to one of the pioneers of independent publishing, Adam Croft. He's become one of the UK's most popular crime and suspense authors, and what started as a passion and hobby, is now a full-time career for Adam and his wife Jo. Also this week, Adrian and Rebecca discuss the latest impact of Brexit on British publishing, and we find out what's been making Rebecca go gooey...
March 8, 2021
In Episode 8 of The Hobcast from Hobeck Books directors Adrian Hobart and Rebecca Collins, they speak to Matt Brolly, whose recent DI Louise Blackwell crime series has made him one of the UK's bestselling authors. Matt shares his path from working in recruitment, then coaching tennis, to full-time author, and the lessons he's learnt along the way. There's also discussion of the impact the Budget may have on UK publishing, and the joy of proofreading. Don't forget to visit our website www.hobeck.net and use the podcast discount code HOBCAST20 for 20% off our books.
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...