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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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Talking audiobooks

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 20, 2017

Audio is the "heatseeker" within publishing, and the recent FutureBook Conference was a watershed moment in championing the category. But many issues also surfaced. Expensive recordings, different marketing from print and a new supply chain are just a few; the consequence is that there are as many publishers losing money from audio as there are profitably growing.

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Literary fiction under threat, ACE report concludes

thebookseller.com – Sunday December 17, 2017

Arts Council England has pledged to engage with more bookshops, fund more writers and lobby the government to provide tax relief to independent publishers following a report finding that “the general trend for literary fiction is a negative one”.

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Literary fiction writers can no longer live off their books as sales slump

inews.co.uk – Friday December 15, 2017

The idea of the penniless artist shivering and starving in gloomy cellar for years as they pen another great tome has become a reality for the writers of literary fiction, according to research by Arts Council England. The average author now earns less than minimum wage with an annual salary of just £11,000.

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Fan sends 80s Nobel prizewinning book to modern publishers to make an important point about the book industry

independent.co.uk – Wednesday December 13, 2017

A literary fan has conducted a damning experiment. 

Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of French author Claude Simon's 1962 novel The Palace, set during the Spanish civil war, to 19 French publishers under the guise of being fresh material. 

12 outright rejected the book, while seven never replied, despite the fact that Simon won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, Volle told French public radio on Monday (via The Guardian). 

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Christmas sale - 25 per cent off the Writers' Handbook 2018

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 12, 2017

For a limited time only, firstwriter.com is offering copies of the 2018 edition of its acclaimed Writers' Handbook in ebook format at a 25% discount.

Every year, the period between Christmas and New Year is the busiest ebook selling week of the year, as people with lovely new ereaders from Santa look for content to load onto them. This year, the online ebook retailer Smashwords is aiming to make this a little easier on everyone's strained post-Christmas bank accounts, by running an End of Year sale: and the firstwriter.com Writers' Handbook 2018 will be among the titles available at a discounted price.

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