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Your chance to be a top author: Who hasn’t dreamt of having a novel published? Well, today the Mail gives you the chance to do exactly that. Send us part of your story and a synopsis, and you could win a book deal – with a £20,000 advance!

dailymail.co.uk – Saturday July 23, 2022

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your novel in a bookshop alongside those of your favourite authors?

Is there a hard-edged thriller inside you, just bursting to get out, or a brilliantly researched historical adventure, a tear-jerking romance or even a comedy of modern manners?

Many of us dream of having a bestseller — but first you have to get your novel published, a daunting prospect in today’s competitive book market. Until now.

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Amazon Self-Publishers Eye Emerging Legal Arena to Fight Piracy

news.bloomberglaw.com – Monday July 18, 2022

When Nick Singh’s self-published book “Ace the Data Science Interview” debuted on Amazon, he thought he’d evaded a big piracy risk by eschewing e-books and only releasing hard copies.

Singh’s guide to getting hired at Big Tech firms landed among Amazon’s top 3,000 best-selling books, but his success also put him in the crosshairs of counterfeit book printers that have proliferated on the online marketplace.

Less than a year after the book’s release, Singh said he spends several days each month pushing requests through Amazon’s take-down system for illegitimate listings, and he estimates he’ll lose 20% of his revenue this year to accounts hawking bootleg copies of his book.

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DAW Books Acquired By Astra Publishing House

tor.com – Thursday July 14, 2022

In big news for science fiction and fantasy publishing, DAW Books is no longer an independently owned publisher. This morning, Astra Publishing House announced its acquisition of the storied SFF imprint.

In a press release, DAW co-publishers (and, until today, owners) Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert said, “We are extremely pleased by Astra’s enthusiasm, and thrilled that we will be the sole SFF imprint of their company (a first for DAW). We think this is the perfect fit for us, and it’s exciting and refreshing to be an integral part of a new and growing company. It speaks volumes about Astra’s respect for our company that they have included our entire staff. We’re very happy.”

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Stylist Short Stories: here’s how to submit your debut short story writing to feature on Stylist Extra

stylist.co.uk – Wednesday July 13, 2022

At Stylist, we love a good story. Whether it’s a thought-provoking tale from Emma Cline’s 2020 collection Daddy or the exciting promise of Lisa Taddeo’s forthcoming Ghost Lover, we believe a tight, well-crafted short story can be just as compelling as a novel. And, more importantly, we know that our readers have stories to tell too.

If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Stylist publishes a new short story (fiction) from a captivating writer each week – and we want your submissions. You don’t have to be established or have even written a story before to submit; we’re more interested in the quality of your words than your writing experience. Stylist Short Stories aren’t limited by genre, either – we’re after romance, horror, crime, fantasy, historical fiction and everything in between. All that we ask is that you’re an original talent whose voice resonates with fellow readers.

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Stein to head new literary division of The Bright Agency

thebookseller.com – Tuesday July 12, 2022

Arabella Stein is heading a new literary division at The Bright Agency representing fiction, children’s books, YA, general non-fiction and graphic novels. 

Bright has represented authors and author-illustrators for many years in children’s fiction and is now expanding to be a full-service creative agency, representing talent across writers, illustrators and animators. 

The new arm, Bright Literary, is being led by m.d. Stein, whose list has included award-winning and bestselling picture book creators such as Benji Davies, Chris Chatterton, Yasmeen Ismail and Carys Bexington. She also represents Hannah Peck, who’s 2021 debut author-illustrated chapter book Kate on the Case (Piccadilly Press) was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration awards and the Alligator’s Mouth Award. 

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Comics/Graphic Novel Sales Jumped 62% in 2021

publishersweekly.com – Saturday July 2, 2022

Sales of comics and graphic novels rose 62% in 2021 over 2020, according to a new joint estimate by ICv2's Milton Griepp and Comichron's John Jackson Miller. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in 2021 in the U.S. and Canada were approximately $2.07 billion, the report found, a sales level that is 70% higher than sales in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.

Consumer sales of graphic novels, driven by manga, jumped 76% in the year, to an estimated $1.47 billion, while sales of comics increased 53%, to $435 million. Sales of digital comics, which had a big gain in 2020, rose slightly in 2021, to $170 million.

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Verve Promotes Noah Liebmiller & Jessica Zou To Agents

deadline.com – Wednesday June 29, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Verve has upped coordinators Jessica Zou and Noah Liebmiller to Agents in the Motion Picture Literary Team.

The agency, which has a tradition of surprising staffers with promotions, last week tasked Liebmiller and Zou with putting together a video as part of a signing exercise. I understand they were told that the video was not only important but needed to convey the theatrical gravitas of the signing pursuit. During a recent all-company staff meeting, the video was played to great reception and the promotions were announced by the co-heads of the Motion Picture Lit Team who reflected on how deserving both Liebmiller and Zou were of their new titles.

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Clarion Launches New Imprint Headed by Linda Sue Park

publishersweekly.com – Sunday June 26, 2022

HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced the launch of Allida, a new imprint at Clarion Books led by author Linda Sue Park and Anne Hoppe, v-p and editorial director at Clarion. Park is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning A Single Shard and the bestselling A Long Walk to Water, which has sold more than three million copies, among many other acclaimed works for young readers, including picture books, novels, and poetry. Clarion is Park's longtime publisher.

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Schedule revealed for 10th anniversary of Bloody Scotland crime writing festival

dailyrecord.co.uk – Thursday June 23, 2022

The programme for this year’s 10th Stirling Bloody Scotland crime writing festival was announced last week.

Organisers are set to welcome Sir Ian Rankin, Anthony Horowitz, Lisa Unger, Jeffrey Archer, Ann Cleeves and Frankie Boyle to the city in September.

There will also be prize-winning writer ‘Alex Gray’s New Crimes Panel’ plus debut authors appearing in various events throughout the programme and twenty new authors ‘In the Spotlight’ on stage ahead of established names.

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: EPTA Books

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 23, 2022

Imprint for non-fiction books and coffee-table beauties.

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