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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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PW's Top Publishing News Stories of 2017

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

A canceled book deal, Amazon buy buttons, and sexual harassment were among the big news stories this past year.

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Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

bbc.co.uk – Sunday December 31, 2017

US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 'alphabet mystery' novels, has died aged 77.

Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

"She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve," she said.

Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.

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The Wardrobe Is Looking for Books By Women and Non-binary Writers of All Genres

firstwriter.com – Saturday December 30, 2017

As a part of Sundress Publications’ ongoing commitment to female and non-binary authors, Sundress Publications is accepting submissions for a year-round feature, The Wardrobe.

Sundress reads submissions of full-length books and chapbooks from female and non-binary authors year-round. Each week their rotating curators (including Sundress editors and authors) choose one book to highlight as part of their“Best Dressed” series. These highlights include five selections from each book, which are featured daily on the Sundress blog and shared through their social media sites.

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Ann Bagnall, publisher of historic cookbooks – obituary

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday December 27, 2017

Ann Bagnall, who has died aged 90, made a lasting contribution to the world of food literature and social history when, aged 60, she set up a publishing company specialising in historic cookbooks and guides to household management.

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The fantastic fiction app Great Jones Street is shutting down

theverge.com – Sunday December 24, 2017

2017 has been notoriously difficult for digital publishers, and the year has claimed a new victim: Great Jones Street, an app-based fiction magazine that curated a ton of great stories that spanned genres. In a post on Facebook, the app’s publisher, Kelly Abbott says that he will shut the publication down at the end of the year, saying that he ultimately “failed to convince enough readers to support it.”

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US trade publisher sales flat in first half of 2017, reports AAP

thebookseller.com – Friday December 22, 2017

US publishers' trade book sales were flat for the first seven months of 2017, holding steady at $4,440.2m versus $4,442m for the same period (January - August) in 2016, according to statistics released by the Association of the American Publishers (AAP). 

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