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The £6 Billion UK Publishing Industry Sees A 3% Rise In Digital, 5% Drop In Physical Sales

forbes.com – Monday July 1, 2019

The United Kingdom's publishing industry's revenues hit £6 billion in 2018 off the back of its digital sales growth, according to new figures recently released by the Publishers Association. The bad news: A 5% drop in total physical sales accompanied the industry's 3% digital sales growth. Here's what the leading representative voice for UK publishers found in their new report.

Despite digital's upward trend, total digital sales figures remain well below those of print sales, at £653 million compared to print book sales' total of £2.9 billion. A list of key highlights from the full PA Publishing Yearbook 2018 also notes that the total consumer audiobook sales income is up 43% in 2018, reaching £69 million — that's a steep growth rate worth noting, even if it's not exactly unexpected.

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The Biggest 5 Mistakes When Self-Publishing A Book

forbes.com – Sunday June 30, 2019

When I first set out for a book deal, I was apprehensive—and for good reason: by all accounts, it’s tough to sell a book these days.

There’s a reason people think of the word “struggling” when they think of writers, and I’ve been on a mission to prove to myself that this doesn’t have to be the case.

I either got lucky or happened to have hit on something because, after a nerve-wrangling month, my agent let me know that Hay House—among a couple of other publishing houses—made an offer on my book and soon I had a bidding war, which inspired a solid book deal.

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Death of the novel is greatly exaggerated, say UK booksellers

theguardian.com – Saturday June 29, 2019

The death of the novel has been pronounced for more than a century, in a series that stretches back from Will Self through VS Naipaul as far as Jules Verne. But the latest rumblings of its demise, which come courtesy of a drop in fiction sales in 2018, have been comprehensively dismissed by the books world, with new books from Margaret Atwood and Philip Pullman expected to drive a return to growth this year.

The Publishers Association’s yearbook suggested this week that sales of fiction dropped in physical formats last year, down 7% to £359m. The fall was not offset by a 4% rise in digital fiction sales, to £229m, with overall fiction sales down 3% in 2018 to £588m.

By contrast, sales for non-fiction rose 1%, to £954m, with digital revenues up 10% and physical sales remaining level. The Publishers Association noted a “standout” performance from non-fiction, which it said had grown by almost 30% in the last five years, as well as the “phenomenal” growth of audiobooks, up 43% between 2017 and 2018.

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New chapter? UK print book sales fall while audiobooks surge 43%

theguardian.com – Thursday June 27, 2019

UK book sales fell for the first time in five years in 2018, despite the success of bestsellers such as Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming.

The UK publishing industry was hit by a surprise fall of £168m (5.4%) in sales of physical books last year, ending a period of growth stretching back to at least 2014.

Sales fell from £3.11bn in 2017 to £2.95bn last year, according to the latest figures from the Publishers Association, which published its annual yearbook on Wednesday.

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PFD's Agora Books launches writing community and prize

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 27, 2019

Peters Fraser + Dunlop e-book imprint Agora Books has launched a prize to celebrate its new writers’ group, Lost the Plot, which offers "no-nonsense advice, industry insight, and community connection".

PFD and Agora Books are introducing the community aimed at aspiring commercial fiction authors across all genres. Lost the Plot will provide "no-nonsense advice, industry insight, and community connection" including how to access support on writing, finding representation, and navigating the publishing process as well as connecting with other authors. 

The Lost the Plot Work in Progress Prize is for unfinished manuscripts with "the aim is to get books out of a drawer and into the world, to encourage writers to stop procrastinating in pursuit of perfection and get feedback sooner," PFD said. 

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Fall in Love with Criticism

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 26, 2019

Let’s raise our glasses to our true friends who can tell us that our participles are dangling and that our story is too soft. And let’s try to be the type of writers who are brave enough to accept and utilize criticism!–Nancy French

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Judith Krantz shared her formula for writing millions-selling ‘sex and shopping’ novels

thenewdaily.com.au – Monday June 24, 2019

When Princess Daisy author Judith Krantz was writing her steamy million-selling 1970s and ‘80s blockbusters, one of her iron-clad rules was that at least one character had to lose their virginity.

Another was that nothing was to be held back.

“If you’re going to write a good erotic scene, you have to go into details,” Krantz, who died of natural causes on June 22 at her Bel Air home at the age of 91, told the Los Angeles Times in 1990.

“I don’t believe in thunder and lightning and fireworks exploding. I think people want to know what’s happening.”

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E-Book Revenues Were Down In March

forbes.com – Sunday June 23, 2019

E-books revenues were down in March, according to the Association of American Publishers. The group, which releases data collected from 1,372 publishers each month, reports that e-book revenues decreased 4.5% in the period of January through March of 2019 over the same period in 2018; January through February saw revenues decrease 3.5% over the same period in 2018.

This news is on-trend for the market, which has seen decreases reliably for years now. The initial fervor over e-books quickly faded.

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4 Must-Read Dark Fiction Magazines

bookriot.com – Thursday June 20, 2019

Literary magazines need love too. Which is why we like to celebrate them here on Book Riot! We’ve had a Literary Magazines 101 to get you started, discussed general short fiction magazinesscience fiction/fantasy magazines, and we’ve even had a how-to post on reading (and writing for) science fiction magazines in particular. But today I want to give a little love to my current obsession: dark fiction. Though you can find dark fiction stories in a lot of different literary magazines, including most of the SFF magazines above, this post is a tribute to those literary magazines that specialize in the macabre, whether it’s horror, dark fantasy, or positively grim science fiction.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 19, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Self-Help; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

We write and publish primarily epic fantasy, science fiction, mystery fiction, urban fantasy and fairy retellings, but we're working on expanding our publications as we become more established.

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