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'Defend and nurture' UK publishing, Wise urges policymakers

thebookseller.com – Monday February 19, 2018

Curtis Brown agent Gordon Wise, former president of the Association of Authors' Agents, has urged parliamentarians to defend the achievements of UK publishers. 

Wise stood down as AAA president last month, making way for David Higham agent Lizzy Kremer. Reflecting on his time at the helm of the group, Wise was buoyant about the contributions of the publishing industry to the UK economy after its revenues totalled £4.8bn in 2016, according to the Publishers Association, with "significant growth" of exports in recent years.

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John Grisham to appear with Lee Child at crime writing festival

home.bt.com – Sunday February 18, 2018

John Grisham will be a headline author at a UK crime writing festival where he will appear with writer Lee Child.

The author of The Firm, The Pelican Brief and A Time To Kill will be interviewed on stage at the Theakston Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate by Child, who is responsible for the Jack Reacher series.

Grisham will join previously announced special guest and Savages author Don Winslow.

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Corvus and A M Heath launch thriller competition

thebookseller.com – Friday February 16, 2018

Atlantic imprint Corvus has joined forces with literary agency A M Heath to launch a crime and thriller competition.

Deviant Minds is a writing prize open to unagented authors in the UK or Ireland, with an unpublished adult crime novel or thriller. The winner will be offered representation by the agency, along with an offer of digital publication from Corvus, and possible print publication to follow.  

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S&S launches competition with Darley Anderson and Bradford Literature Festival

thebookseller.com – Friday February 16, 2018

Simon & Schuster UK has launched a competition with the Darley Anderson Literary Agency and Bradford Literature Festival to find the next bestselling commercial fiction author.

The theme for the first 'Write Here, Right Now' prize is “new beginnings and discovery”, with writers encouraged to submit the first three chapters and synopsis of their work in any genre. The competition is live and open until 13th April and the winner will be announced at the Bradford Literature Festival in June.

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Tandem Light Press and 220 Publishing Present Midwest "Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference" April 7th in Milwaukee

digitaljournal.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Feb. 13, 2018 / PRZen / MILWAUKEE -- Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference, a Milwaukee-area literary full-day conference designed to provide support and insight to up-and-coming writers, this week announced the conference will officially take place on April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For those wishing to submit their manuscript for a critique by a literary agent through the event, the conference this week announced there is a February 20, 2018 deadline for submissions – manuscripts do not have to be completed in full.

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ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class

hollywoodreporter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018

ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.

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Nosy Crow scoops five nominations for IPG Awards

thebookseller.com – Monday February 12, 2018

Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury have dominated the IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists alongside various radical publishers such as Verso and Zed Books.

Nosy Crow has scooped five nominations in four of the 12 categories, while Bloomsbury is nominated three times.

Class Publishing, Kogan Page, Otter-Barry Books and SPCK all have two nominations across the shortlists while 10 publishers—Boydell & Brewer, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Hurst Publishers, Little Tiger Group, Old Barn Books, Otter-Barry Books, Pluto Press, Verso and Zed Books—appear on the shortlists for the first time.

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Publishers call on Man Booker prize to drop American authors

theguardian.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Tensions over the decision to allow US authors to enter the Man Booker prizehave flared up yet again, with 30 publishers signing a letter urging the prize organisers to reverse the change, or risk a “homogenised literary future”.

The letter, which was intended to be private and has been seen by the Guardian, argues that the rule change to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter has restricted the diversity of the prize and led to the domination of American authors since it came into effect in 2014. Previously, the prize only allowed citizens from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland to enter.

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J.K. Rowling shares insights into her writing style

aninews.in – Wednesday January 31, 2018

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Jan. 31 (ANI): J.K. Rowling took out some time and took to Twitter to answer some of the questions asked by her followers.

There were questions about her writing style, her upcoming novels, her ideation process, and such.

She replied in her usual candid, tongue-in-cheek manner. Here are some of the excerpts.

When a user asked if she plans her story before she starts, she answered in affirmative.

She wrote, "I plan a lot. This particular novel's plan comprises a vast, complicated, colour-coded table showing all the suspects, with blue ink for clues and red ink for red herrings".

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What Amazon's Mysterious 50% Royalty 'Error' Says About Self-Publishing

forbes.com – Sunday January 28, 2018

Authors using Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon's  e-book publishing unit, were given a shock when they turned to their KDP dashboards on January 9: A "50%" royalty rate had appeared between the normal 35% and 70% on the dashboard. The new feature was unclickable, unexplained, and had quickly vanished by the next day. “This was an error and we apologize for any confusion. None of our royalty terms have changed,” an Amazon spokesperson informed me when I asked. Though nothing else has been confirmed, the self-publishing community has been swift to make their informed opinions known.

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