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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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SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed

markets.businessinsider.com – Saturday January 27, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mystery Writers of America's Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country's premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference's guests of honor, agents, and editors.

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ICM Partners Acquires Lit Outfit The Sagalyn Agency, Opens D.C. Office

deadline.com – Friday January 26, 2018

ICM Partners has acquired The Sagalyn Agency, the Washington D.C.-based literary agency that reps leading journalists, historians, biographers, scientists, thought leaders and novelists. The deal comes four years after ICM and Raphael Sagalyn’s company formed an alliance that melded Sagalyn’s strong nonfiction author list and ICM’s roster dominated by fiction authors.

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firstwriter.magazine final issue - out now

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

This month sees the launch of the last ever issue of firstwriter.magazine

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. All good things must come to an end, however, and issue 32 will be the last issue of firstwriter.magazine. Managing Editor, J. Paul Dyson, gave the following explanation about the decision to end the long-running publication:

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Job opportunity: Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., New York

publishersmarketplace.com – Tuesday January 16, 2018

Bloomsbury has an exciting opportunity for a publishing professional to strengthen and expand our successful academic list in the field of Literary Studies.

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Q&A: Kelvin Kong on launching K2 Literary agency

quillandquire.com – Friday January 12, 2018

After more than a decade working in various aspects of publishing, from managing print production to editorial to selling rights at Kids Can Press, Kelvin Kong has launched his own literary agency. K2 Literary represents a small list of authors including Matt Cahill, Andrew Wilmot, and Teri Vlassapoulos.

Q&Q asked Kong – who recently left his post as agent and rights manager at the Rights Factory, and who continues to teach literary rights management for Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program – about his new endeavour.

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Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016

thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Europe's major markets - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy - all experienced growth in turnover in 2016, according to a Federation of European Publishers' (FEP) report. However, the dive in the British pound following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 resulted in flat total annual sales revenue for publishers in the EU and EEA in comparison to 2015, due to strong exchange rate effects.

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How Scotland's most successful young publishers are shaking up literary world from their spare room and finding famous fans along the way

dailyrecord.co.uk – Monday January 8, 2018

PUBLISHERS. Gouty old guys in tweed jackets, right?

Wrong.

The days of well-connected chaps who go for long lunches then fall asleep behind the slush pile are over for good.

Scotland’s most successful new publishers are young women with tattoos and Twitter accounts.

Heather McDaid and Laura Jones, the livewires behind 404 Ink, produced the biggest-selling title at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from Heather’s spare room.

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