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2016: Crunch time for publishing, its writers and their readers

thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Dated today, 5th January, the Authors Guild's open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing's relations with authors.

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New writing award announced to honour Sir Terence Rattigan

whatsonstage.com – Monday January 4, 2016

The Terence Rattigan Society have announced a new writing award with monetary prizes and a professional production of the winning play on offer.

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Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books

expertclick.com – Friday January 1, 2016

Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books.  Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books. 

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Ed Victor – an honoured literary agent

theguardian.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

The veteran literary agent Ed Victor has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list.

With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.

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Print survives as a new literature is born

theguardian.com – Sunday December 27, 2015

This Christmas, in a tradition almost as hallowed as carol singing and turkey dinners, more than half of all the titles sold annually in the UK will have been traded in the frantic bazaar that dominates autumn business. This festive bonanza remains one of the few landmarks in an environment that, roughly since the millennium, has been rocked by a succession of seismic aftershocks, apparently threatening the very existence of Grub Street.

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Physical Book Sales On The Rise, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think

inquisitr.com – Saturday December 26, 2015

Book sales for physical books are certainly on the rise, according to recent numbers reported by Mic.

Referencing Nielsen BookScan data, writer Jon Levine notes that physical paper books are enjoying a bit of a renaissance with 571 million sold in 2015, up from 559 million in 2014 and 501 million in 2013.

This data flies in the face of what some were predicting from the indie author community, who believed that print books were on their way to becoming a niche market.

Naturally, those in the traditional publishing camp are touting their “I told you so’s,” but that may be a bit premature if you dig deeper into the report.

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The Book Is Risen! Publishers Say Physical Book Sales Are Back on the Rise

mic.com – Saturday December 26, 2015

This Christmas, the best gift to get your loved ones might be a book — an actual one with pages made from dead trees.

Long considered doomed, the physical book has been making a comeback in recent years with sales surging in 2014 and continuing to increase at a more modest pace this year. According to raw data from Nielsen BookScan,Quartz reported, 501 million books were sold in 2013, a number that grew to 559 million for 2014, and 2015 now stands at 571 million.

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Author Publishes 5 Books with 5 Different Publishers in 10 Months

expertclick.com – Monday December 21, 2015

While many authors struggle to get one book published by a traditional publisher, author Gini Graham Scott has published 5 books with different publishers – and she helps other writers find publishers and agents.  Plus she has a feature film in release and a second feature in production – and she helps screenwriters and filmmakers find producers, agents, and distributors, too. 

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Scholastic seeks Editor/Senior Editor Nonfiction

publishersweekly.com – Saturday December 19, 2015

Scholastic seeks an experienced Editor/Senior Editor with solid project management skills with the ability to work well within a high-volume product development group. The Senior Editor/Project Manager will take on a variety of nonfiction book and book plus projects (e.g., science kits). Fun, fast-paced environment with a huge range of products developed in a variety of ways (packagers, in-house manufacturing, purchased from other publishers). This is a highly creative position that requires excellent communication skills, organization and staff management experience. 

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Winners and losers: publishers pick the 2015 books they loved, missed and envied

theguardian.com – Friday December 18, 2015

Which books did well, which were left on the shelves, and which made editors green with envy?

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