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Penguin Random House Rules the Children's Book Market

publishersweekly.com – Saturday November 5, 2016

It comes as no surprise that Penguin Random House—the country’s largest trade publisher—is also the biggest children’s book publisher. But the size of the gap between PRH and second-place HarperCollins might raise a few eyebrows.

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Digital sales down 19%, but print strong for trade publishers in first half

thebookseller.com – Thursday November 3, 2016

Trade publishers’ digital revenues have fallen by 19% in the first six months of the year, but print sales are holding strong, new figures from the Publishers Association (PA) have revealed.

Sales data provided to the PA by UK publishing houses across trade, education and academic sectors show that print sales increased by 1% in the first six months of the year (January-June 2016) to £898m in comparison to the same period a year earlier, driven in particular by a 6% growth of trade books.

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How a husband-and-wife publishing team won the Man Booker prize twice in a row

inews.co.uk – Friday October 28, 2016

The 18 publishers which turned down The Sellout must have felt a little sheepish at the 2016 Man Booker Prize ceremony. Paul Beatty’s satire was the second consecutive winner of the world’s leading literary award for Oneworld, a small independent founded by a husband-and-wife team, which has found huge success discovering novels shunned by the large publishing houses.

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Gillon Aitken dies

thebookseller.com – Friday October 28, 2016

Literary agent Gillon Aitken of Aitken Alexander Associates has died.

Aitken died peacefully this morning (28th October) after a period of ill health.

Clare Alexander said: "A towering figure in so many of our lives, publishing has lost a great agent from a brilliant generation. He was a wise counsel, a true intellectual and an irreplaceable friend."

She added: "I am sure he would wish to be remembered in the words of some of the many authors who valued his guidance deeply and who came to love him so much."

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Trade shock and sadness at death of Carole Blake

thebookseller.com – Thursday October 27, 2016

Literary agency Blake Friedmann has announced the sudden death of agency co-founder Carole Blake.

The agency said yesterday (26th): "It is with huge sadness that we must share the news that our beloved mentor, colleague and friend Carole Blake died last night. The loss of such an incredible woman so soon is not something any of us feel prepared for, but we are grateful that she lived so fully to the last, and that she died swiftly and painlessly, on being readmitted to hospital last night, with Julian [Friedmann] by her side."

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Discovering New Talent Through #WriteNow

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Wednesday October 26, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I was a guest on BBC Asian Network radio to talk about Penguin Random House’s new initiative to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.

The WriteNow scheme aims to find and publish new writers who are “under-represented in books and publishing”. Targeted groups are writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability.

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Stride magazine invites submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 20, 2016

Stride magazine is inviting writers to submit two or three short poems or prose poems, in the body of an email. All copyright remains with authors.

Writers are requested not to send biographical details or lists of previous publications; rhyming doggerel or shaggy dog stories masquerading as poems; or previously published work.

If you are interested in writing short, opinionated but informed reviews of poetry books (which will be sent to you) please contact the editor by email.

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Preditors & Editors seeks new caretaker

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 19, 2016

The renowned site "Preditors & Editors" is seeking a new caretaker.

The site has been helping writers discriminate between scams, duds, and genuine opportunities since 1997, but much of the information has, in the site's own words, become "stale and outdated", and the listings have now been removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

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Irish publishing body says not paying writers is uncommon

irishtimes.com – Tuesday October 18, 2016

The organisation that represents the publishing industry in Ireland has said the non-payment of authors is not widespread in the books trade.

Liberties Press publisher Séan O’Keeffe has admitted a lot of authors and a small number of former staff have not been paid. He has apologised and said that the best way for them to get their money is for him to continue in business.

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The 2016 Guide to Creative Writing Guides

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 15, 2016

Almost as long as there have been writers, there have been books that offer instruction, guidance, and advice on how to write. From Plato’s Phaedrus to the letters and journals of great practitioners such as Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Rainer Maria Rilke, and 20th-century monuments of the genre such as Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, writing guides have sat steadfast on aspiring writers’ nightstands, ready to inspire and instruct. Think of these books as kind of the homeschool version of M.F.A. programs.

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