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Pandemic drives ebook and audiobook sales by UK publishers to all-time high

theguardian.com – Saturday November 14, 2020

Sales of digital books by British publishers are set to hit an all-time high this year as the public turns to reading to escape pandemic cabin fever.

However, the ebook and audiobook boom comes at a high cost for the industry, with global sales of printed books by UK publishers plunging by 55m in the first six months of the year as high streets and schools closed during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The pandemic has revived the fortunes of the consumer ebook. The format once touted as the future of reading has suffered six straight years of sales declines since peaking in 2014 but this year has been different, with sales home and abroad up 17% to £144m in the first half. UK publishers can now expect consumer ebooks to enjoy their best year since 2015, when sales were just under £300m.

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New Agent Listing: Chelsey Heller

firstwriter.com – Friday November 13, 2020

Seeking nonfiction across all categories, especially self-help, memoir, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, history, big ideas, popular science, and cookbooks. She is particularly drawn to fresh narratives, whether in the form of history explored through a new lens, an innovative concept that stokes self-improvement, or an electric voice in memoir.

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Alumna launches magazine as ‘safe space’ for writers

temple-news.com – Thursday November 12, 2020

After losing her fiancé to suicide, Jenna Faccenda began wrestling with her life’s purpose.

“Those deep thoughts and how my footprint on this Earth could really be impactful toward someone else,” Faccenda said. 

Amid her grief, Faccenda, a 2017 journalism alumna, turned back to her love of writing and ventured to create a community for other artists experiencing trauma. She launched Eclipse Lit, a literature magazine for writers to discuss trauma and heal through their artwork. 

With writer submissions open from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, Faccenda intends to publish her first edition, a collection of short stories, essays and multimedia art from artists around Philadelphia, in March 2021.

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New Agent Listing: Chloe Davis

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 11, 2020

Particularly enjoys reading submissions, especially middle grade adventures and contemporary YA love stories.

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Myth and folklore the pick of festive trends in children's

thebookseller.com – Monday November 9, 2020

Children’s books about Christmas, mythology and adventures are among the top titles available from small independent publishers this autumn.

Despite lockdown and an uncertain retail market, many of the smaller children’s publishers are hoping for a boost in sales with their festive titles, which include The Girl Who Stole the Stars by Corrina Campbell, published by Little Door Book, and Leah’s Star by Margaret Bateson Hill (Alanna Max), which tells the nativity story from the point of view of the innkeeper’s daughter. The Salariya Book Company has two Christmas-themed books out this autumn: Little Bear and the Silver Star by Jane Hissey, and Billy and the Balloons by Elizabeth Dale and Patrick Corrigan.

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Print Unit Sales Rose 9.5% At the End of October

publishersweekly.com – Sunday November 8, 2020

With sales up in all categories, unit sales of print books rose 9.5% in the week ended Oct. 31, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The top-selling book was The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #15) by Jeff Kinney, which sold more than 171,000 copies and helped to drive up sales in the juvenile fiction category by 15.5%.

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New Agent Listing: Lori Galvin

firstwriter.com – Friday November 6, 2020

Represents both adult fiction (especially women’s fiction and thrillers) and nonfiction (personal development and cookbooks).

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Bookshop.org is what the publishing world has been waiting for

theguardian.com – Thursday November 5, 2020

In publishing we often talk about things that we are “excited” and “delighted” about, so much that sometimes I think the words have lost their meanings. However, when readers, publishers and independent bookshops shared their delight about the new books retail platform, Bookshop.org, launched on Monday, it was the result of some of the most exciting news we’ve had in publishing for aeons.

Following its success in the US, Bookshop.org has arrived in the UK and promises something we have all been asking for – an ethical and transparent platform for buying books that amplifies the uniqueness of independent bookshops, with reading lists curated by humans rather than algorithms.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jim Gill

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 5, 2020

Acts for a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction authors writing for the general-trade market, and is always on the look-out for the original and the excellent.

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New Publisher Listing: Viking Dog

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 3, 2020

A content company based in Los Angeles that creates, publishes and distributes film and book projects.

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