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Smart: 'publishers do invest long-term in authors'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

Ebury m.d. Rebecca Smart said that traditional publishers need to “shout from the rooftops” more about the value and investment they provide for authors.

Smart was speaking at The Bookseller's Author Day after several speakers voiced frustration with traditional publishers on a number of points including author care, long-term investment and renumeration. She said that “she did not recognise” the traditional publishers that had been portrayed earlier in the day “but part of that is that we as an industry are not as always good enough at shouting from the rooftops” about the good things publishers do.

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Shamsie: 'Publishers not investing in author careers'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

Novelist Kamila Shamsie has said that traditional publishers’ focus on the “bottom line value of pounds and pennies” has meant a shift away from building authors’ careers in the long-term and created a lack of diversity and new voices.

Shamsie, speaking at the The Bookseller's Author Day, compared the climate of today to that of the late 1990s, when she began her career, and was told by her then-agent Alexandra Pringle that her publisher would be hoping to invest in her in the long-term.

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More publishers fail as e-books rise

independent.co.uk – Monday November 30, 2015

Readers shunning physical books for digital ones has contributed to a 58 per cent jump in the number of publishers failing, research has revealed.

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J.K. Rowling vows never to work with 'rude' publisher after they rejected Harry Potter and crime novel

mirror.co.uk – Sunday November 29, 2015

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has sworn never to work with one particular publisher after they rejected her twice - the second time with a very rude letter.

She is the UK's best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238million but it seems there's at least one person who isn't a fan.

Speaking in a new interview with the Guardian Rowling revealed that one of the publishers who turned down the first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher's Stone, also rejected her crime novel The Casual Vacancy written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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YA Debut Gets Six-Figure Deal, Sold to 16 Territories and Jerry Bruckheimer

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday November 25, 2015

A six-figure deal for North American rights to The Cruelty is the latest in a string of good things that have happened to Scott Bergstrom’s debut novel in just the past month. The manuscript, self-published a year ago, caught fire in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair with sales, so far, into 16 territories. “Every morning I wake up to more exciting e-mails,” said his agent, Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Kalyna Review: Call for Submissions

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 25, 2015

Kalyna Review, a celebration of language and translation, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2016 issue. They are looking for articles and creative work that explore how language creates the personal universe we each inhabit. They are also interested in marginalised and minority European languages, the languages of peoples who throughout most or all of their history had no state.

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Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck

io9.com – Friday November 20, 2015

At an anti-library closure protest, local magician and comics legend Alan Moore had some surprising words for those who hope to break into the wide world of published writing.

With his wild-man Merlin’s beard and distinct Northampton tones, Moore’s speaking style is oddly comforting as he holds forth. “If you write every day, you are a writer,” the co-creator of Watchmen, From Hell andLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen (to name my favorite Moore works) tells the crowd.

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Literary Agents Address Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

publishersweekly.com – Friday November 13, 2015

For the second year in a row, the New School in Manhattan, in partnership with the SCBWI-Metro NY chapter, hosted a panel of agents to discuss their jobs, what manuscripts they’re interested in, and share with MFA students and other aspiring writers how best to query them and their colleagues. On the November 10 panel were Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency, Alexandra Penfold of Upstart Crow Literary, and Alec Shane of Writers House. See below for some highlights from the discussion.

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PW Talks with Global Kids Connect Speaker Ginger Clark

publishersweekly.com – Thursday November 12, 2015

Clark, a literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. and panelist at PW’s upcoming Global Kids Connect Summit, expounded on what U.S. children’s titles seem to be selling well abroad, the biggest mistakes publishers make in selling foreign rights, and how she thinks the business will change in the next five years.

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ICM Partners Adds Lit Agent Anna Stein

hollywoodreporter.com – Wednesday November 11, 2015

ICM Partners has hired another top literary agent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Anna Stein, who launched and heads the New York office of London-based Aitken Alexander Associates, is joining the agency on Dec. 1.

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