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New Women's Prize longlist fee could pose 'serious barrier to entry', fear indies

thebookseller.com – Saturday September 29, 2018

The Women’s Prize for Fiction has introduced a new £1,000 fee for publishers whose books make its longlist of 16. Reaction online to the rule change reveal concerns the fee could pose "a serious barrier to entry" for smaller presses.

Independent publisher Galley Beggar Press took to Twitter yesterday to share it had just noticed the new rule which could prove "catastrophic for small publishers" in its estimation. "£1000 isn't small change to us," said Galley Beggar Press. "Our author won this prize a few years ago when we were even smaller. It would have been near impossible for us to enter with these rules."

Edinburgh independent Stirling Publishing said: "That’s us out. Perhaps we could have an alternative prize, The Poundland Women’s Prize?"

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Abrams Artists Agency Acquired By Group Including Longtime Execs, Adam Bold

deadline.com – Wednesday September 26, 2018

Venerable entertainment talent and literary agency Abrams Artists Agency has been acquired, led by a group that includes two of the New York- and Los Angeles-based company’s longtime executives Robert Attermann and Brian Cho, and entrepreneur-producer Adam Bold.

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Writers' Handbook 2019 now available as an ebook

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 25, 2018

Following last month's release of the print edition of firstwriter.com's 2019 edition of its Writers' Handbook, the digital editions are now also available from various outlets around the world. These include:

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FutureBook teams with The Pigeonhole for writing competition

thebookseller.com – Friday September 21, 2018

FutureBook is partnering with social reading app The Pigeonhole to run a short story competition exploring the future of the book. The winning author is to be hosted at the FutureBook Conference, 30th November.

Judges will be Molly Flatt, author and associate editor of FutureBook; Anna Jean Hughes, founder of The Pigeonhole; and Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for Science Fiction.

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Kaplan Stahler Agency Names Cindy Mintz Head of TV Literary

deadline.com – Saturday September 15, 2018

Kaplan Stahler’s Cindy Mintz has been named head of TV Literary at the boutique agency. In her new role, Mintz will oversee a department of five agents.

Mintz joined Kaplan Stahler in 2013 after a brief stint at Abrams Artists Agency, where she was instrumental in launching their TV literary department. Prior to Abrams, she spent 15 years as a TV packaging agent at ICM Partners.

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Folio Literary Management Acquires Harold Ober Associates

publishersweekly.com – Friday September 7, 2018

Folio Literary Management has acquired Harold Ober Associates, a full-service literary agency founded in 1929 that has represented some of the literary titans of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Agatha Christie and J.D. Salinger.

President of Harold Ober Associates, Phyllis Westberg, said the merger is "a perfect pairing of the traditional and the new." And Jeff Kleinman, a founding partner at Folio, said the acquisition brings his firm "the legacy of an eminent institution in the history of American publishing."

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Allingham Festival creative writing competitions now open

donegalnow.com – Monday September 3, 2018

Writers in Donegal and beyond are invited to enter the prestigious Allingham Festival writing competitions.

These competitions attract entries from all over the world, with writers in with a chance to win €300. The winners will be invited to read their stories and poems at an awards ceremony which will take place at the Literary Lunch during the festival in November.

The two categories in the adult competitions are Flash Fiction and Poetry. This year’s judges are Theo Dorgan (Poetry), Paul McVeigh (Flash Fiction) and Monica Corish. The closing date for entries is September 21.

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West Side Publishing Will Launch Little Grasshopper Books

publishersweekly.com – Saturday September 1, 2018

Children's publisher West Side Publishing is launching a new imprint, Little Grasshopper Books, likely by the end of the year. The imprint will encompass a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction formats, from board books to books with virtual-reality components, primarily aimed for children five and under.

The new imprint marks West Side Publishing owner Lou Weber’s re-entry into the world of children’s books. As president and founder of Publications International (PIL), a publisher of automotive titles, cookbooks, inspirational formats, and brain games and puzzle books, Weber was long involved in children’s publishing—especially licensed sound books and interactive formats—until PIL sold its children’s publishing unit to Chinese-owned company Phoenix International Publications in 2014. The latter continues to operate the business under the PI Kids name.

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Audiobooks Are Officially The Publishing Industry's 2018 Trend

forbes.com – Saturday September 1, 2018

Audible UK's 2017 revenues grew by 45% over the year prior and are now over £97 million. The news, out today from The Bookseller, aligns with similarly high audiobook sales and revenue numbers across the publishing industry. In 2018, digital audio is selling very well. 

In 2017, downloadable audio revenues across the rest of the publishing industry grew 28.8% over the previous year — not as impressive as Audible UK's growth, but far beyond any other format. In the first quarter of 2018, the format continued to grow: Digital audio was up 32.1% in Q1 2018. Ebook sales fell 3.2% in the same quarter.

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OWN IT! founder launches literary agency

thebookseller.com – Thursday August 30, 2018

Multimedia publisher OWN IT! has launched a literary agency arm, signing author Courttia Newland as its first client.

Billed as a “storytelling lifestyle brand” spearheaded by founder Crystal Mahey-Morgan, the company already operates as a book publisher, a record label and an events arm. Mahey-Morgan will be OWN IT!’s main agent, helping to “diversify how it works with storytellers to include literary representation”. The company is currently negotiating with several sub-agents about a foreign rights partnership, according to a spokesperson for the organisation.

Mahey-Morgan's previous contract negotiation experience includes a year at PFD as well as a three-year stint in the contracts department at Penguin Random House between 2008 and 2012. She described setting up a literary agency as "an obvious next step for OWN IT!"

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