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SoA challenges publishers to reveal how much they pay authors

thebookseller.com – 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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Welsh to scout for Eccles Fisher

thebookseller.com – 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

thebookseller.com – 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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IBPA Develops Standards for Hybrid Publishers

publishersweekly.com – 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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Lindsay Literary Agency launches scholarship for under-represented children's writers

thebookseller.com – Tuesday February 20, 2018

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a scholarship place for an "under-represented" writer of children's fiction at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018.

Open to unagented YA and middle grade writers, of any age, from an under-represented background (including but not limited to LGBTQIA, BAME and people with disabilities), the scholarship will cover the cost of three days at the festival which takes place 15th - 17th June. 

The scholarship includes access to all workshops and talks at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and travel. 

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Nourry: 'the e-book is a stupid product'

thebookseller.com – Monday February 19, 2018

Hachette Group c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry has expressed frustration with the e-book format, calling it a "stupid product" and forecasting its sales would continue to plateau because of a lack of innovation.

Nourry, who was speaking in an interview with Indian news site Scroll.in as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Hachette India, said he didn't think declines in e-book sales seen in the US and UK markets would reverse any time soon, because of the limitations of the format.

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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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