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7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors
September 22, 2017 at 7:00 am

BY Martin Cavannagh “All you need to be a writer is a pen and paper,” is something you might say if you’re one of those smug savants who can just sit down and write an entire novel longhand. But for the rest of us? Well, we can take all the help we can get. Naturally,…

Why Books Will Always Matter
September 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

An inspirational talk by the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas. The post Why Books Will Always Matter appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

The Good Immigrant's editor plans new journal and agency for writers of colour
September 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Nikesh Shukla and literary agent Julia Kingsford have launched Kickstarter appeal to fund The Good Journal, with further plans for an affiliated agencyAfter selling more than 50,000 copies and being named the British public’s favourite book of 2016, the success of anthology The Good Immigrant has prompted the launch of a new literary journal to…

Abrams Parent Company in Merger Talks
September 22, 2017

La Martinière Groupe, the French parent company of Abrams, is in discussions to merge with fellow French publisher Média‐Participations. The two companies said that they expect to come to an agreement "in the coming months."

New Assessment Process Boosts Credibility of Developing-world Journals
September 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

New detailed assessments of journals in the Global South will provide reassurance to authors and readers and guide editors on how to improve their journals. The post New Assessment Process Boosts Credibility of Developing-world Journals appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Welcoming a New Chef in the Kitchen: Siân Harris
September 21, 2017 at 5:29 am

I’m delighted to announce the addition of a new voice in The Scholarly Kitchen, Siân Harris. Siân is the Publications and Engagement Manager at INASP, an international development organization that supports the production, sharing and use of research and knowledge […] The post Welcoming a New Chef in the Kitchen: Siân Harris appeared first on…

What’s Hot In Audiobooks? Big Advances for Multi-Book Deals
September 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

As audiobook trend grows, so do advances for writers of popular series. Here's how agent Laurie McLean's helped one author get top dollar. The post What’s Hot In Audiobooks? Big Advances for Multi-Book Deals appeared first on Digital Book World.

KinderGuides Copyright Case Ends, Appeal Unlikely
September 20, 2017

The closely watched case is now closed after the plaintiffs dropped the claim of willful infringement. Moppet Books, meanwhile, said they are unlikely to appeal the summary judgment in the case.

Publishing the 23andMe Way, Part One: Building the Database
September 19, 2017 at 5:30 am

The genetics testing copany 23andme presents an interesting example of a new kind of data publishing. The post Publishing the 23andMe Way, Part One: Building the Database appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Podcasts Vs. Audiobooks: Threats or Opportunities for Authors?
September 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

Is the rise of podcasts a threat to authors? Ian Small, head of Audiobooks.com, offers honest answers to this ominous question and more. The post Podcasts Vs. Audiobooks: Threats or Opportunities for Authors? appeared first on Digital Book World.

Brooklyn Book Festival 2017 In Photos
September 18, 2017

On a sweaty but sunny Sunday afternoon in downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Book Festival held its largest event yet, pictured here in a photo-essay.

Do celebrity book blurbs 'blackmail' readers?
September 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

Man Booker prize judge Colin Thubron has complained this week that star endorsements bully readers into admiring books, but it’s long been standard practiceSetting cats among pigeons has long been an unofficial part of the contract for judges of the Booker prize. Remember Chris Mullin’s insistence on “zip–along” novels, or, way back in 1992, AN…

Don’t Upload Your Ebook To An Online Bookstore Without Reviewing This Checklist
September 15, 2017 at 7:00 am

Setting up a sales page in an online bookstore is as simple as filling in forms. However, many of the questions require research. Use this handy checklist to gather the information in advance. The post Don’t Upload Your Ebook To An Online Bookstore Without Reviewing This Checklist appeared first on Digital Book World.

Seven Things I Learned at the Eighth International Peer Review Congress
September 15, 2017 at 5:30 am

To round out Peer Review Week 2017, here's a brief summary of some key takeaways from this year's Peer Review Congress, held every four years. The post Seven Things I Learned at the Eighth International Peer Review Congress appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Mark Sullivan’s ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ Racks Up Rights Sales
September 15, 2017 at 2:30 am

James Patterson collaborator Mark Sullivan's labor of love may turn out to be his most successful book yet in the run-up to Frankfurt. The post Mark Sullivan’s ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ Racks Up Rights Sales appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.