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Indie publisher Influx launches Kickstarter to raise £15k

thebookseller.com – Friday March 24, 2017

Influx Press has created a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to grow its business.

Supported by industry figures including author and editorial director Max Porter and author and campaigner Nikesh Shukla, the publisher intends to raise £15,000 to fund the press for the next two years.

After five years of publishing and receiving previous Arts Council funding, Influx has decided to "go down the crowd-funding route", following the successes of popular campaigns including those for The White ReviewDodo Ink and The Good Immigrant (Unbound).

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Adult Book Sales Fell, Kids Books Rose in October

publishersweekly.com – Friday March 24, 2017

Sales of adult trade books fell 13.1% in October compared to October 2015, while sales in the children’s/young adult segment rose 1.9%, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the AAP as part of its StatShot program.

The decline in adult trade was led by a 24.1% drop in hardcover sales, the biggest trade format, as well as a 21.0% decline in mass market paperback and a 31.9% drop in the sale of physical audiobooks. Sales of digital audiobooks rose 7.6% in the month over October 2015, and e-book sales were up 2.6%. For the first 10 months of 2016, sales in the adult trade category were down 3.2% compared to the same period a year ago.

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Lit Agents Join Forces In Agents Round Table

publishersweekly.com – Friday March 24, 2017

In response to a changing marketplace, 10 women literary agents have launched the Agents Round Table (ART), a consortium of independent agents who have pledged to share knowledge, resources, and contacts.

The goal of ART, according to Regina Ryan who has an eponymous shingle, is to better meet the needs of their clients. "This is new in the publishing world," Ryan said. "My authors love the idea of my being able to consult with this group. They know they’re getting advice and wisdom from first-rate agents with literally hundreds of years’ of experience in publishing."

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Inside the Strange Symbiosis Between Independent Booksellers and Publishers

pastemagazine.com – Wednesday March 22, 2017

It may sound like a headline from The Onion, but the craziest thing about it is that it’s true: “Local bookseller buys out tech firm next door.” That’s how Anne Hollander describes what’s happening in Dallas, Texas, where Deep Vellum Books is set to expand into a neighboring space at some point in the next three months. Even crazier is that the bookstore is the successful outgrowth of a relatively new small publishing house.

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London Book Fair 2017: For Publishers, Business Is Booming, but Brexit Means Uncertainty

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday March 15, 2017

The 2017 London Book Fair officially opened today, and at the fair’s opening press conference LBF director Jacks Thomas smiled as she raced through her slides. For the second year in a row, Thomas noted, publishers headed to London with fairly strong sales in the U.K. (and the U.S.), with literature in translation growing, children’s and digital audio surging, and print books—and bookshops—looking especially resurgent.

But following Thomas on stage at Olympia’s Grand Hall, a panel discussion broke down the potential effects of the looming Brexit on publishers, one day after British lawmakers cleared the way for the formal work of leaving the E.U. to begin.

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London Book Fair 2017: More Evidence of a Print Renaissance in the U.K.

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday March 14, 2017

In his opening keynote at the London Book Fair’s pre-conference, Quantum, Steve Bohme, research director at Nielsen Book Research U.K. ran down Nielsen’s just-released 2016 book industry stats, which showed British print book purchases on the rise for the second year in a row.

“In 2016, consumers turned up their printed book purchases by around 4%,” Bohme told attendees. “And with higher prices boosting spending, we saw spending on printed books by U.K. consumers up by 7%."

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Writing Competition Seeks To Discover New Irish Talent

hotpress.com – Saturday March 11, 2017

An African-themed short-story and poetry competition aims to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers based in Ireland.

The competition marks Africa Day 2017 and this is the third year that the it will take place. Irish Aid has again teamed up with The Irish Times on an African-themed short story and poetry competition for writers of all ages.

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DHH literary agency to hold writer pitch sessions

thebookseller.com – Saturday March 11, 2017

D H H Literary agency is to hold pitch sessions for unrepresented writers next month.

Five agents will be available for a 10-minute slot for an individual pitch session and each writer will receive "honest and valuable feedback". The agents are approaching this with a view to finding new clients. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on 12th April at Library Club on St Martin’s Lane.

Each writer will only be able to approach one agent on the team, with information on the event and each agent available on the DHH website. Writers will need to email their work in advance to apply for a place. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5th April.

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Video: Children's writing fellowship announced in Seamus Heaney's honour

irishnews.com – Thursday March 9, 2017

A new 'children's writing fellow' honouring Seamus Heaney and his contribution to literature, is to be appointed to inspire future generations of creative talent.

Developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Queen's University Belfast, the two year, part-time post will attract £15,000 a year.

Once in post, the children's writing fellow will perform a range of duties designed to promote an interest in reading and writing from an early age by encouraging creativity and engagement with books.

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Australian science fiction authors feel let down by local publishers

abc.net.au – Thursday March 9, 2017

While the overall Australian publishing scene is robust, Australian science fiction writers believe their work is not being adequately supported by the industry.

"It's quite difficult to get a science fiction novel published by an Australian publisher," says Cat Sparks, a publisher of science fiction anthologies.

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