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Annick Press named finalist for Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year – Friday March 2, 2018

Toronto’s Annick Press has been shortlisted for this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year. The awards are given to publishers representing six international regions, as selected by publishing houses, associations, and other books institutions. This is Annick’s second nomination since the inaugural awards in 2013.

Also nominated for this award in the North America category are Toronto’s Owlkids Books and Editions D’eux from Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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SoA challenges publishers to reveal how much they pay authors – Friday March 2, 2018

The chief executive of the Society of Authors has challenged publishers to reveal how much they pay writers in their annual financial accounts.

Publishers' profits have grown while authors' pay has shrunk in recent years, Nicola Solomon has argued in an articlefor The Bookseller. As a result, the chief of the trade body is calling on publishers to state in their financial accounts how much they pay authors, illustrators and translators in advances, royalties and secondary income.

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Should you enter a writing contest? – Thursday March 1, 2018

Yes, yes, yes you should.  Writing contests offer many benefits, not the least of which is a deadline. There’s nothing like a deadline to force you to put your posterior in a chair and some words down on paper. You can also win prize money, get published, establish credibility, build your writer’s platform and grow a readership.  The first step is to enter.  It can be daunting, but to grow as a writer, you need to send your work out into the world. Contests offer that opportunity.

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Welsh to scout for Eccles Fisher – Wednesday February 28, 2018

Rosie Welsh, previously of the Jonathan Clowes Literary Agents and The Wylie Agency, is joining Eccles Fisher Associates as a literary scout.

Welsh, most recently an agent at Jonathan Clowes for over two years, was previously a royalties manager at Wylie for over three years. 

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Berthoud joins Jo Unwin's agency – Wednesday February 28, 2018

Ella Berthoud is joining Jo Unwin as a literary agent at JULA, and will build a list focusing on literary, reading group and children’s fiction.

Berthoud published her co-authored books The Novel Cure (Canongate) in 2013 and The Story Cure (Canongate) in 2017 with Susan Elderkin. As well as being a successful artist, she is a bibliotherapist at The School of Life.

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Stop writing and learn to be a better writer – Tuesday February 27, 2018

A woman walks up to a construction worker in Manhattan.

“Excuse me young man,” she says. “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”

He puts his pickaxe down and wipes his brow. Finally, he speaks.

“Lady, you gotta practise.”

He’s right. Every skilled, or would-be skilled, tradesperson needs to practise. But what does practise mean? For copywriters, specifically? It might seem obvious. You write. As much and as often as you can.

Ads. Blog posts. Emails. Landing pages. Scripts. Sales letters.

The more you write, the better you get. Right? Wrong.

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Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks? – Sunday February 25, 2018

Q: Years ago, I read that publishers were going to end the practice of bringing out hardback editions before paperbacks. But it never happened. Why do they still do this, and does anyone apart from libraries buy hardbacks? I never do.

Phil Goddard

A: From Philip Jones, editor, the Bookseller

Yes, hardbacks are still popular. Hardback fiction brings in about £70m annually (roughly 20% of the printed fiction market), according to sales data from Nielsen BookScan.

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14 Stephen King quotes about the writing process – Friday February 23, 2018

The first Stephen King book I ever read was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it was the one I'd have the best chance of reading without getting too scared.

She was wrong about that (I scare pretty easily), but she was right to introduce me to King. He's been my favourite author ever since.

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Creative Writing Festival returns to Sunderland – Friday February 23, 2018

After the sell-out success of 2016, the festival is back throughout the month of March with a range of workshops and talks for writers of all abilities and at any stage of their writing journey.

Highlights include Writing Young Adult Fiction with Sally Green and Matthew Crow. Sally is the author of an internationally-acclaimed trilogy of young adult fantasy novels, the first of which, Half Bad, broke the Guinness World Record for Most Translated Book by a Debut Author, Pre-publication with 45 different translations before its publication.

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IBPA Develops Standards for Hybrid Publishers – Friday February 23, 2018

As hybrid publishing becomes a bigger part of the publishing business, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has developed a nine-point list of criteria defining what it means to be a reputable hybrid publisher.

The goal of developing the guidelines is to "help hybrid publishers build better businesses based on clear and consistent best practices," said Maggie Langrick, CEO and publisher at LifeTree Media Ltd., and member of the IBPA advocacy committee.

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