Audible launches £10,000 writing grant
thebookseller.com – Wednesday June 7, 2017
Audible has launched a £10,000 audio-exclusive writing grant for unpublished writers.
The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel including two-time Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph’s crime critic Jake Kerridge and Audible’s director Of content Laurence Howell.
New Scottish crime writing course offers forensic attention to detail
heraldscotland.com – Tuesday June 6, 2017
It will be the crime writing course for those who want to develop a forensic grasp of detective fiction.
A new Scottish university course is offering aspiring crime writers the chance to learn how to write detective fiction, as well as learns about the realities of forensic science.
Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 Shortlist announced
firstwriter.com – Thursday June 1, 2017
The shortlisted entries for the Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 have been announced:
- Echoes From The Somme by Frances Colville
- Entanglement by Alex Reece Abbott
- The Apple and the Tree by Mary Sheehan
- Down at the End of Lonely Street by Roger Tayler
- Being Beryl by Eleanor Westwood
The shortlisted entries can be read at: http://credfest.co.uk
Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management Firm
deadline.com – Thursday June 1, 2017
Literary representation veterans Lanny Noveck and Liz Robinson have teamed to form Signature Ltd., a boutique literary management firm. This is a re-teaming of the duo who first worked together as agents at the William Morris Agency.
Inkitt Free Novel Writing Competition 2017
firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 31, 2017
Inkitt is now accepting submissions of novels of 20,000 words and over for its Free Novel Writing Competition: an ongoing writing competition which every month selects a new novel for publication.
The competition is free to enter, and is open to any genre of novel, and writers from anywhere in the world.
Horowitz's UK publisher says it did not warn author off creating black character
thebookseller.com – Monday May 22, 2017
Anthony Horowitz's children's publisher, Walker, has said it would not instruct authors on whether or not to include characters of a different race or background in their books. Walker's assertion follows Horowitz's claim he was "warned off" by publishers from writing a black character in an upcoming book out of concern it would be "inappropriate" for him as a white writer.
New £10,000 award for indie publishers launches
thebookseller.com – Thursday May 11, 2017
The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent publishing, has been set up by Arts Council England to recognise the contribution that small publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness, innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.
Religion Publishers See Growth in Children’s Books
publishersweekly.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017
New research shows that storybook Bibles, board books, and children’s devotionals are among the most popular books on the market in religion today, and Christian publishers are taking heed.
NPD BookScan presented a report at the 2016 Children’s Book Summit that revealed a compound annual growth rate of 4% in the children’s market from 2004-2015. (At the time the report was issued, BookScan was owned by Nielsen; in January, NPD Group acquired the research company.) Children’s religion book sales have jumped 22% from 2013-2016, according to BookScan (which tracks roughly 80% of print sales). The same report indicated that 11 of the top 20 bestselling religion titles from 2015-2016 were board books, while six were Bible storybooks.
Record year for UK publishing
printweek.com – Saturday April 29, 2017
2016 was a record-breaking year for the UK publishing industry, according to the latest figures from the Publishers Association.
Sales of books and journals reached £4.8bn last year – their highest ever level. The increase in sales of 7% on the previous year is the largest growth in a decade, when in 2007 digital was included for the first time.
Physical book sales grew by 8% to £3bn, rising to the highest level since 2012. Overall digital sales, meanwhile, grew by 6% to £1.7bn despite a continuation of the drop in e-book sales, which fell by 3% to £538m.
Famous novelist turned down by over 100 publishers dies
usatoday.com – Thursday April 27, 2017
It was a novel that made history after it was turned down by more than 100 publishers. Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” has died. He was 88-years-old. Aaron Dickens reports.