What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers
irishtimes.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017
This time last year Sarah Davis-Goff of Irish publisher Tramp Press wrote an Irish Times article predicting success for independent publishers in 2016. She was right. Oneworld had a second Man Booker Prize winner in a row with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following their 2015 success, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Two-man publisher Contraband had a Man Booker shortlisted bestseller in Graham Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project while Salt’s Belfast author Paul McVeigh won the Polari Prize for The Good Son. Independent publishing now has a reputation for being at the forefront of scouting out new literary talent.
Revealed: The line-up for Aberdeenâ€™s new crime writing festival, Granite Noir
pressandjournal.co.uk – Sunday January 8, 2017
Some of the most celebrated talent from the Nordic Noir scene will join Scotland’s own Tartan Noir authors for Granite Noir, which takes place in the city from February 24-26.
Among the names from the Nordic Noir genre will be Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen, Sweden’s Kristina Ohlsson and Thomas Rydahl from Denmark.
Already announced as headliners are renowned crime writers Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre – as well as the north-east’s very own crime fiction stalwart Stuart MacBride.
Beaumont seeks 'under-represented' voices after move to Marjacq
thebookseller.com – Saturday January 7, 2017
Diana Beaumont is keen to seek voices currently “under-represented” in the literary community in her new role at the Marjacq Scripts literary agency.
Beaumont joined the Holborn-based firm this week from United Talent Agency (UTA), bringing her client list with her.
She told The Bookseller she was “thrilled” to be joining Marjacq at a time the agency was expanding, with her addition bringing the company’s number of agents to five.
Diana Beaumont leaves UTA as it winds down UK literary operation
thebookseller.com – Friday January 6, 2017
Literary agent Diana Beaumont is leaving the United Talent Agency (UTA) to join Marjacq Scripts Ltd, bringing her clients with her.
The move, which follows the departure of Juliet Mushens to set up her own agency with Robert Caskie and Sarah Manning's shift to the Bent Agency this week, has coincided with UTA's decision to wind down its literary operation in the UK, The Bookseller can confirm.
jobs.thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017
A wonderful opportunity to be a key player in a vibrant literary agency with a reputation for launching the careers of debut writers on a global level.
Madeleine Milburn Ltd is looking for a highly organised, proactive and dynamic Rights Agent to join the agency's Mayfair office. The successful applicant will be an avid reader, have excellent attention to detail, strong pitching skills and a willingness to get involved with everything at this boutique yet highly successful, expanding agency.
AllRomance.com's sudden closure hits authors hard
theguardian.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017
One of the biggest genre ebook distributors in the US has closed suddenly, leaving thousands of authors in the UK and US out of pocket. AllRomance.com and its sister company OmniLit are the latest casualties of the downturn in the market for digital books.
Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice
wildhunt.org – Wednesday January 4, 2017
The new year has been rung in and resolutions have been made and, for many, high on the list of resolutions is to finish writing a book and have it published. This is, would be their first attempt at becoming a professional author. While there are many resources devoted to the budding writer, there isn’t much specific to publishers who work with Pagan, Heathen, and other occult topics.
The Wild Hunt spoke with several publishers about the kinds of books that they are looking for this year and what common mistakes prevent a book from being accepted. They offer some helpful and direct advice for budding authors.
Entries open for comedy writing contest
chortle.co.uk – Sunday January 1, 2017
Entries have opened for the first comedy writing award set up in honour of Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs.
Comedy producers, performers and friends of the writer contributed to a memorial trust. which is now offering a £500 first prize to the winner of this competition.
Tributes paid to agent David Miller
thebookseller.com – Saturday December 31, 2016
Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.
In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December. David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.
Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?
9to5google.com – Thursday December 29, 2016
Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…