Why budding authors must Know The Score

The collapse of Know The Score Books after five years and numerous worthy titles comes is a sobering moment at a difficult time for the industry.

The Warwickshire-based publisher has become known for a prolific output since it appeared in 2005.  The more outstanding among more than 80 titles include soccer manager Dave Jones's autobiography, No Smoke, No Fire and the merry tales of sports writer Christopher Davies, Behind the Back Page.

Former Daily Mirror chief football writer Harry Harris and football historian Ivan Ponting have had several books published under the Know The Score imprint.

David Tossell, whose Grovel! The Story and Legacy of the Summer of 1976 was runner-up in the Best Cricket Book category in the 2007 British Sports Book Awards, has written another cricket title, Following On: A Year with English Cricket’s Golden Boys, which was due to be published by Know The Score last week.

Know The Score has been embroiled in a number of legal disputes, with the publisher claiming some authors owe them money, with other authors inevitably left with nothing to show for their hard work.

Industry observers believe that Know The Score was guilty of over-reaching itself in the number of titles it could reasonably assume to fund at a time when the recession has been bearing down on sales numbers.

Apart from being bad news for a number of writers, the demise of Know The Score serves as a warning to budding authors about the problems of entering the market at this time.  Anyone thinking of taking the plunge might do well to refer to prolific author Norman Giller's words of advice on the Sports Journalists' Association website.

Giller, author of a staggering 84 books, spells out the steps to take and the pitfalls to avoid in Uncle Norm's 5-step guide to self-publishing.

For books by Norman Giller including Jimmy Greaves at Seventy: The Complete, Authorished Biographygo to the The Sports Bookshelf Shop.



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