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Stop pushing the same 'classic' books on children and trust modern writing

theguardian.com – Wednesday July 13, 2016

I will start by saying: the BBC’s #LoveToRead campaign looks fantastic and I love that it “celebrates reading for pleasure”, and aims to start “a unique national conversation about books”. Nonetheless, among all the planned dramatisations, documentaries and live events, one aspect of the campaign is strangely unadventurous – its list of top 10 books recommended for children.

The list isn’t a bad one. It’s just not a new one. Created by the public, it sets out 10 books that children should read, and includes the usual suspects: The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird and the Bible, with Harry Potter coming out on top. Yes, it’s right that we acknowledge that they are all important contributions to the history of literature; yes, it is also understandable that we want the next generation to experience the books that we have loved.

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Here's Why E-Book Sales From Major Publishers Are Plummeting

fortune.com – Monday July 11, 2016

But growing sales of self-published e-books may offset the drop.

Book publishers are winning in their quixotic war against their own electronic books as sales dropped 11% last year, according to a new report from the industry’s leading trade group.

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Comedy writing programme announced

theknowledgeonline.com – Wednesday July 6, 2016

A comedy writing programme has been launched by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) to find emerging UK comedy writers.

The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme - named after the producers of the Doctor and Carry On series - is being run in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

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Startup of the week: RedDoor

thebookseller.com – Saturday July 2, 2016

Bridging the gap between traditional and self-publishing, RedDoor Publishing aims to provide a credible platform for authors who are "slipping through the net as traditional publishers become increasingly (and understandably) risk averse." It operates in the same way as a traditional publishing house, except its authors pay for pre-production and first print run of their book. 

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'In stressed times, we can take comfort in wildlife': why nature-writing is 'exploding'

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 30, 2016

Now in its third year, the Wainwright nature-writing prize has announced its shortlist, spotlighting what one judge called an “exploding” field, as more and more writers and readers are turning to this genre as a balm for the woes of modern life.

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Lionsgate UK, Idris Elba Launch Writing Competition; ‘King’s Speech’ Producer Boards Jamie Vardy Biopic – Global Briefs

deadline.com – Wednesday June 29, 2016

Lionsgate UK and Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures are partnering to launch the Write To Green Light competition, designed to discover new creative voices for television in the returnable drama space. Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa and Elba will judge the entries alongside a panel of industry experts. 

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Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge.

Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it will contain more than 20,000 stories and books.

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Publishers need to help foster a love of reading

thebookseller.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Publishers need to work harder at creating the need for books as a product, rather than focusing on their brands, delegates to The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference have heard.

Speaking during a panel entitled ‘Is our business like show business?: What we should (and shouldn’t!) learn from other industries', Chris McCrudden (pictured), strategy director at Golin PR, said that publishers should “create the need for product before they create the need for brand”, adding that at the moment that there are “lots and lots and lots of little campaigns trying to get you to buy a particular book, but nothing trying to get consumers to buy books in general”.

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Books are making a comeback as sales rise again

theaustralian.com.au – Sunday June 26, 2016

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” Luckily for dreamers and writers such as British ­storyteller Neil Gaiman, respon­sible for that quote, the printed book lives on.

Just as Michael Bodey wrote last week of the rude good health of the radio industry, against all expectations, the traditional book is making a comeback. Last year, for the first time in nearly a decade, book sales rose in Australia — by 2.4 per cent to $979 million. Add $410m in education sales and leading Australian publishers are starting to see a way through the digital disruption of the past ­decade.

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Former Orion editor Silk becomes literary agent

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 23, 2016

Former Orion editor Julia Silk is forging a new career path as a literary agent in association with MBA Literary Agents.

Silk, who has worked as an editor for 15 years, most recently with Orion, will be building her own client list with a focus on commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, extending to accessible literary fiction "if a voice really grabbed me".

She is also open to proposals for "platform-driven non-fiction", in the areas of parenting and lifestyle, fashion, style and beauty, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.

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