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Franklin: 'toxic competition' in large publishers

thebookseller.com – Friday October 16, 2015

The atmosphere in some large publishing houses is "toxic" as imprints are forced to compete against each other for big titles, Profile Books' owner Andrew Franklin has said.

Speaking yesterday (15th October) about the merits of being an independent publisher in the "CEO Talk" at Frankfurt Book Fair, along with Marcos Pereira, founder and c.e.o of Editora Sextante, Franklin said camaraderie in smaller houses could be better than larger ones.

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PFD launches digital publishing spin-off Ipso Books

thebookseller.com – Thursday October 15, 2015

Literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) has launched a spin-off digital publishing business, Ipso Books, to publish both backlist and frontlist writers. The move follows similar ventures by other agencies: Ed Victor Ltd launched Bedford Square Books in 2011, and Curtis Brown set up Studio 28 last year.

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Writing competition to promote legacy of Cromarty geologist Hugh Miller

pressandjournal.co.uk – Monday October 12, 2015

A new writing competition has been launched to promote the legacy of the renowned Black Isle geologist and writer Hugh Miller.

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Publishing house gives voice to poets

rekordeast.co.za – Sunday October 11, 2015

A new publishing house, Veerpen Publishers, set to revolutionise the literary sector by giving a voice to lesser known poets, was launched in Capital Park on Saturday.

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Publishers, Amazon Not to Blame for Author Poverty Wages

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 10, 2015

After polling 1,674 Guild members, Mary Rasenberger, executive editor at the Authors Guild, created a splash a few weeks ago by claiming that most of its members' annual earnings were below the federal poverty level of $11,670. She spread the blame around: bookstore closures, the rise of Amazon, publisher consolidations, and the low royalties authors receive from publishers. But do these alarm bells ring true?

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Screenwriting Goldmine opens doors for undiscovered UK screenwriters

prweb.com – Thursday October 8, 2015

The Screenwriting Goldmine Awards is back and looking for new British screenwriters, it was announced October 8th by Screenwriting Goldmine founder and CEO Philip Gladwin.

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Roger McGough: Publishers should 'take a chance on poetry'

bbc.co.uk – Thursday October 8, 2015

Roger McGough has called on publishers to "take a chance" on poetry aimed at children, as National Poetry Day celebrates its 21st birthday.

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How Super Thursday helped publishers turn over a new leaf

theguardian.com – Thursday October 8, 2015

The editor of the Bookseller charts how publicist's lament over one day's glut of titles has become a PR triumph for the industry.

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Keep Poems Alive

firstwriter.com – Monday October 5, 2015

The Keep Poems Alive website is looking for poems you had published at least three years ago, which you think readers would like to see again and remember, to be re-published online.

Submit poems by email to SallyEvans35 at gmail dot com, stating where they were first published, and any other acknowledgements. You are responsible for permissions from published books.

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Profile promotes Westland to editorial deputy

thebookseller.com – Saturday October 3, 2015

Profile Books has promoted Hannah Westland to the position of Andrew Franklin's editorial deputy.

Westland has been the publisher at Serpent's Tail since 2012, and before that was an agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her authors at Serpent's Tail include Zoe Pilger, Sarah Perry, and Jami Attenberg.

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