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Authors hit out at World Book Day for picking too many celebrity writers

telegraph.co.uk – Tuesday October 3, 2017

Top children's authors have hit out at World Book Day for picking £1 titles by a "clutch of celebrities" for next year's event. 

In a post online David Almond, author of Skellig, wrote that "the nation's children are being shortchanged" by the decision to include four celebrity names among the ten chosen books.

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Audiobook Revenues Up Again

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

While e-book sales continue to disappoint, audiobooks are going strong. In the first four months of 2017, audiobook revenues increased almost 30% compared to the same period in 2016.

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The Publishing Entrepreneur Who Has The Technology To Find The Next J.K. Rowling

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

What turns a great story into a bestselling book? Is it good connections in the publishing world, dogged perseverance, or luck? The question has frustrated authors for decades, including the likes of J.K. Rowling whilst seeking a publisher for her 'Harry Potter' book, and a conclusive answer has remained as elusive as ever, up until now.

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Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

techcrunch.com – Monday September 25, 2017

Inkitt, which bills itself as “the world’s first reader-powered book publisher,” has raised $3.9 million in pre-series A funding, in a round led by Redalpine, with Frontline Ventures, Speedinvest and a number of private investors also participating. The Berlin-based startup is part writing and reading community, and part publishing house, with one aspect feeding the other.

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Kingsford and Shukla crowd-fund BAME journal and literary agency

thebookseller.com – Friday September 22, 2017

The creators of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford, are launching a crowd-funding campaign forThe Good Journal - a quarterly literary journal that will showcase UK BAME writers and lay the foundations for a new literary agency to champion under-represented voices.

According to Kingsford, the idea for the journal came about following the response to The Good Immigrant, which published exactly a year ago today (22nd September), and has now sold almost 50,000 copies across all editions to date.

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Lantana Publishing Breaks into U.S. Market

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday September 20, 2017

Founded by Alice Curry in 2014 to publish children’s books by authors and illustrators from diverse cultural backgrounds, London-based Lantana Publishing has garnered impressive accolades during its first three years. The publisher was shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year (Europe Category) at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and earlier this year Curry received Britain’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, celebrating exceptional women in publishing.

Now Lantana is entering the American market with the release of four picture books this fall, which clearly reflect its core mission. Distributed by Lerner Publisher Services, Lantana’s debut U.S. list features the work of authors and illustrators whose backgrounds are rooted in an array of countries.

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Dutch publishers from Malmesbury open migration themed poetry competition

wiltsglosstandard.co.uk – Saturday September 16, 2017

A PUBLISHER based in Malmesbury has launched a poetry competition this autumn, asking entrants to discuss the topic of migration.

Bernadette Jansen op de Haar, who moved to the UK from the Netherlands in 1983, founded Holland Park Press in 2009 specialising in giving new English-language authors a chance to be published as well as promoting literature from her homeland.

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US publishers' audio sales up 29% this year

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

Downloaded audio revenues in the US rose 29% in the first four months of this year by comparison to the same period in 2016, with April in particular surging to a 34% year-on-year rise, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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40 per cent discount for new film and screenplay contest

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

The Zodiac International film competition is a brand new online film and screenplay contest using film freeway as the submission platform: 

"We want to see your visions, hear your voices and be moved, thrilled, scared and engaged by your storytelling."

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New Book for Beginners Looking To Write Saleable Non-Fiction Now Published

prweb.com – Friday September 8, 2017

International book publisher Bennion Kearny is delighted to announce the publication of Write From The Start: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-Fiction by Caroline Foster.

With publishing, web-based, and ‘gig’ opportunities for authors expanding every year, more and more people are looking to forge careers as professional writers. Write From The Start aims to shine a light on the world of nonfiction writing by offering a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the field.

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