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Inside the Strange Symbiosis Between Independent Booksellers and Publishers

pastemagazine.com – Wednesday March 22, 2017

It may sound like a headline from The Onion, but the craziest thing about it is that it’s true: “Local bookseller buys out tech firm next door.” That’s how Anne Hollander describes what’s happening in Dallas, Texas, where Deep Vellum Books is set to expand into a neighboring space at some point in the next three months. Even crazier is that the bookstore is the successful outgrowth of a relatively new small publishing house.

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George Braziller, literary publisher, dead at 101

kdwn.com – Sunday March 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — George Braziller, an independent and self-taught publisher for more than 50 years who supported early novels by Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller and released fiction by Nobel laureates Orhan Pamuk and Claude Simon, has died. He was 101.

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Publishers Going Rogue: Bonnier’s SelfPub Platform

goodereader.com – Friday March 17, 2017

Despite a rocky relationship with the digital publishing revolution as recently as five years ago, a number of traditional publishers have not only made room on the shelves for indie authors, they’re building their own self-publishing avenues. But whereas companies in the US like Random House and Macmillan have bought up existing small-time presses in order to capitalize off of anyone with a book dream, others companies are actively launching those platforms.

Now, Swedish publisher Bonnier is launching its own platform called Type & Tell, and on the surface it’s much of the same talk startups have been saying for years: total creative control, anyone can publish a book, all that stuff. Initially, it sounds like old news, except in Type & Tell’s case, there are some out of reach services in the works that authors typically can’t get all in one place, and certainly not in anything considered an affordable option.

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London Book Fair 2017: For Publishers, Business Is Booming, but Brexit Means Uncertainty

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday March 15, 2017

The 2017 London Book Fair officially opened today, and at the fair’s opening press conference LBF director Jacks Thomas smiled as she raced through her slides. For the second year in a row, Thomas noted, publishers headed to London with fairly strong sales in the U.K. (and the U.S.), with literature in translation growing, children’s and digital audio surging, and print books—and bookshops—looking especially resurgent.

But following Thomas on stage at Olympia’s Grand Hall, a panel discussion broke down the potential effects of the looming Brexit on publishers, one day after British lawmakers cleared the way for the formal work of leaving the E.U. to begin.

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London Book Fair 2017: More Evidence of a Print Renaissance in the U.K.

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday March 14, 2017

In his opening keynote at the London Book Fair’s pre-conference, Quantum, Steve Bohme, research director at Nielsen Book Research U.K. ran down Nielsen’s just-released 2016 book industry stats, which showed British print book purchases on the rise for the second year in a row.

“In 2016, consumers turned up their printed book purchases by around 4%,” Bohme told attendees. “And with higher prices boosting spending, we saw spending on printed books by U.K. consumers up by 7%."

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Writing Competition Seeks To Discover New Irish Talent

hotpress.com – Saturday March 11, 2017

An African-themed short-story and poetry competition aims to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers based in Ireland.

The competition marks Africa Day 2017 and this is the third year that the it will take place. Irish Aid has again teamed up with The Irish Times on an African-themed short story and poetry competition for writers of all ages.

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DHH literary agency to hold writer pitch sessions

thebookseller.com – Saturday March 11, 2017

D H H Literary agency is to hold pitch sessions for unrepresented writers next month.

Five agents will be available for a 10-minute slot for an individual pitch session and each writer will receive "honest and valuable feedback". The agents are approaching this with a view to finding new clients. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on 12th April at Library Club on St Martin’s Lane.

Each writer will only be able to approach one agent on the team, with information on the event and each agent available on the DHH website. Writers will need to email their work in advance to apply for a place. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5th April.

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UAF literary magazine wants your most creative writing

newsminer.com – Friday March 10, 2017

Permafrost literary magazine wants your experimental, weird and best writing for its New Alchemy Contest, says editor in chief Kori Hensell. 

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Video: Children's writing fellowship announced in Seamus Heaney's honour

irishnews.com – Thursday March 9, 2017

A new 'children's writing fellow' honouring Seamus Heaney and his contribution to literature, is to be appointed to inspire future generations of creative talent.

Developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Queen's University Belfast, the two year, part-time post will attract £15,000 a year.

Once in post, the children's writing fellow will perform a range of duties designed to promote an interest in reading and writing from an early age by encouraging creativity and engagement with books.

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Australian science fiction authors feel let down by local publishers

abc.net.au – Thursday March 9, 2017

While the overall Australian publishing scene is robust, Australian science fiction writers believe their work is not being adequately supported by the industry.

"It's quite difficult to get a science fiction novel published by an Australian publisher," says Cat Sparks, a publisher of science fiction anthologies.

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