Publishers Association of New Zealand announces Association Director appointment
booksellers.co.nz – Wednesday February 15, 2017
The Council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) today announced the appointment of Catriona Ferguson to the role of Association Director.
Catriona is currently the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council and was previously a Literary Advisor for Creative New Zealand. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Association, particularly in the areas of grants and funding – and equally a life-long passion for books, reading and outstanding creative content.
Faber CEO speaks out after winning trade publisher of the year
theguardian.com – Friday February 10, 2017
Faber & Faber’s chief executive has called for publishers to oppose crackdowns on free speech and the rise of so-called fake news. Stephen Page made his comments after the publisher of TS Eliot, Kazuo Ishiguro and Costa book of the year winner Sebastian Barry scooped the Frankfurt book fair independent trade publisher of the year award.
D H H Literary Agency launches The Dome Press
thebookseller.com – Friday February 10, 2017
D H H Literary Agency has launched its own publishing company, The Dome Press.
The press, whose name is taken from the The Dome periodical that was published in London's Cecil Court by the Unicorn Press in the late 1800s, will have "a broad approach", covering all genres. Its ethos is to "champion great storytelling and give authors a voice" and to discover and nurture both new and established writers while embracing "fresh outlooks".
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Friday February 10, 2017
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes poetry that disturbs and enraptures. Has had award-winning success publishing LGBTIQ authors, but is an inclusive publishing house welcoming all authors, regardless of sexual orientation or identity. Open to submissions from march 1 to June 1 annually.
8 Tips From Authors To Make Your Writing More Inclusive
bustle.com – Thursday February 9, 2017
Now, more than ever, we need diverse books. We need to read and promote the writing of marginalized authors, or the literary world is going to become one big wash of books about white boys and their dogs. Or middle aged white English professors and their teenage girlfriends. Now is the time to diversify your library. And, if you're a writer, now is the time to make your own writing more inclusive.
Books are back because Amazon likes them
ft.com – Thursday February 9, 2017
Ten years ago, as Jeff Bezos launched the Kindle ereader in New York, he declaredthat “the book is so highly evolved and so suited to its task that it’s very hard to displace”. Amazon’s founder was right: this spring, despite the digital upheaval unleashed by the Kindle, it will open a bookstore in Manhattan.
Read all about it: print might be on rise but book sale figures incomplete
post-gazette.com – Sunday February 5, 2017
At first glance, it was surprising news from the recent Digital Book World conference in New York City: Traditional hardcover book sales had overtaken e-book numbers for the first time since 2012.
That’s according to Jonathan Stolper, senior vice president and global managing director for Nielsen’s book ratings, in a keynote address to the conference two weeks ago, as reported by Publishers Weekly.
Indeed, another recent report from the Association of American Publishers noted print sales showing year-to-year growth from January through August. Old-school print, it would appear, was making a comeback.
Skeptics, however, were quick to note you can’t judge a book sales analysis by its cover.
How print beat digital in the book world
straitstimes.com – Saturday February 4, 2017
If the media industry needed proof that it moved too quickly to devalue its print products on the way to chasing digital audiences, the book industry has been making a convincing case in the last few years. The rise of print book sales and decline in e-books in 2015 was no accident. Last year, the trend continued, and self-publishing in electronic form no longer seemed as good a bet as in previous years.
7 Details to Consider When Writing Historical Fiction
authorlink.com – Wednesday February 1, 2017
I’ve always considered myself a history buff and have written quite a few historical fiction novels requiring exhaustive amounts of research. Creating believable historical fiction means getting facts straight and making sure that your research and imaginative input inspires the most plausible, complex plots and characters you can possibly bring to life. Here I lay out the top 7 components you need to think about when writing historical fiction.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Friday January 27, 2017
Areas include: Mystery; Thrillers;
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes quality mysteries, thrillers, and literary books in eBook and audiobook formats.