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Literary fiction in crisis as sale drop dramatically, Arts Council England reports
December 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

New figures show that fewer UK writers earn enough to live on, as ACE blames falling sales of literary fiction on the recession and the rise of smartphonesThe image of the impoverished writer scratching out their masterwork in a freezing garret remains as true today as it was a century ago, according to a new…

PubTech Connect 2018: Pamela Paul and Sam Dolnick of the 'New York Times'
December 14, 2017

The opening keynote speakers for PubTech Connect 2017 are two of the people leading the forward looking efforts at the Times: assistant editor Sam Dolnick and editor of the New York Times Book Review Pamela Paul. They will discuss what it takes to steer one of the biggest legacy brands of all time into the…

Amelia Edwards obituary
December 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

Founding art director of Walker Books who oversaw some of the company’s great children’s classics including We’re Going on a Bear HuntAmelia Edwards, who has died aged 77, was the art director of Walker Books and one of the most important influences on children’s book publishing in the 20th century. Working with some of the…

New Literary Festival Coming to the Twin Cities
December 13, 2017

The Minneapolis-based literary nonprofit the Loft has announced that it's sponsoring a new annual literary festival, Wordplay. The inaugural two-day event is set for May 11-12, 2019.

Skyhorse Unionizing Effort Ends in 'No'
December 13, 2017

An effort to organize Skyhorse Publishing has ended, for now, as pro-union workers at the independent publisher were outvoted in an election to determine whether eligible Skyhorse employees would join Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers.

'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight
December 12, 2017 at 1:00 am

Male authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime of writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …Do you know what the literary tea towel is? It’s an Irish phenomenon that can be found hanging…

Bonnier Zaffre Expands Into U.S. Market
December 11, 2017

The division of Bonnier Publishing UK will expand into the U.S. market next year, with its initial focus on two of its internationally bestselling authors, Wilbur Smith and Lynda La Plante.

Diversity in publishing – still hideously middle-class and white?
December 9, 2017 at 3:00 am

Two years ago, we called publishers to account for the glaring lack of diversity in the industry. Pledges were made and initiatives set up. Have things improved?Find out about the new projects to encourage inclusivity in the book businessIn December 2015, British publishing stood accused of woeful blindness to diversity, and not for the first…

Breaking down the barriers – a new chapter in publishing
December 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

Authors, agents, activists and publishers on their ideas for improving the prospects for BAME writersTwo years ago, we called publishers to account for the glaring lack of diversity in the industry. Have things improved? I set up as an agent in 2007 and about a quarter of my clients are people of colour. Representing them…

Six-figure deal for 'Irish Bridget Jones' series
December 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen sign two-book deal to follow their breakout debut, Oh My God, What a Complete AislingTwo friends whose novel about a “complete Aisling” is being hailed as the Irish answer to Bridget Jones have landed a six-figure two-book deal.Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen started sharing “Aisling-isms” with their friends in 2008,…

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