US trade publisher sales flat in first half of 2017, reports AAP
thebookseller.com – Friday December 22, 2017
US publishers' trade book sales were flat for the first seven months of 2017, holding steady at $4,440.2m versus $4,442m for the same period (January - August) in 2016, according to statistics released by the Association of the American Publishers (AAP).
thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 20, 2017
Audio is the "heatseeker" within publishing, and the recent FutureBook Conference was a watershed moment in championing the category. But many issues also surfaced. Expensive recordings, different marketing from print and a new supply chain are just a few; the consequence is that there are as many publishers losing money from audio as there are profitably growing.
Literary fiction under threat, ACE report concludes
thebookseller.com – Sunday December 17, 2017
Arts Council England has pledged to engage with more bookshops, fund more writers and lobby the government to provide tax relief to independent publishers following a report finding that “the general trend for literary fiction is a negative one”.
Literary fiction writers can no longer live off their books as sales slump
inews.co.uk – Friday December 15, 2017
The idea of the penniless artist shivering and starving in gloomy cellar for years as they pen another great tome has become a reality for the writers of literary fiction, according to research by Arts Council England. The average author now earns less than minimum wage with an annual salary of just £11,000.
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Fan sends 80s Nobel prizewinning book to modern publishers to make an important point about the book industry
independent.co.uk – Wednesday December 13, 2017
A literary fan has conducted a damning experiment.
Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of French author Claude Simon's 1962 novel The Palace, set during the Spanish civil war, to 19 French publishers under the guise of being fresh material.
12 outright rejected the book, while seven never replied, despite the fact that Simon won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, Volle told French public radio on Monday (via The Guardian).
New Literary Agency Listing
firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 13, 2017
International literary and film agency accepting submissions of adult fiction in English and French by email only.
'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight
theguardian.com – Tuesday December 12, 2017
Male authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime of writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …
Christmas sale - 25 per cent off the Writers' Handbook 2018
firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 12, 2017
For a limited time only, firstwriter.com is offering copies of the 2018 edition of its acclaimed Writers' Handbook in ebook format at a 25% discount.
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Want to Succeed at Self-Publishing? Join a Writers' Group: Tips from an Indie Author
publishersweekly.com – Monday December 11, 2017
Writing a book about living with areata—a condition in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to baldness—was a way for Deeann Callis Graham to “find some peace with what was happening to [her] physically and emotionally.” The book, Head-On, was praised by Publishers Weekly as “heartwarming” and “a powerful compilation of profiles with a sincere and encouraging message.”
Before self-publishing Head-On, Graham went to writing workshops, met other indie authors, and read widely about publishing. Although she was ready to tackle the writing and design of the book, she was caught off-guard by the demands of marketing. “Marketing is a long and arduous process that I wish I would have known more about in the beginning…Most of the marketing I do is within the alopecia areata community. My biggest surprise has been the challenge of reaching that niche audience. I thought it would be easier.”