Dow: Children's publishers must think 'beyond the book'
thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 27, 2016
"Publishers need to think beyond the book" to other media such as YouTube and Snapchat, and ensure everything they do has "the consumer at its heart”, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s Francesca Dow has said.
Speaking at the Bookseller’s Children’s Conference taking place at Milton Court in London today (27th September), Dow said that publishers needed to consider the “complete story” of their publishing.
Don’t Try to Make a Living Writing Short Stories
wired.com – Saturday September 24, 2016
MICHAEL SWANWICK IS one of the most acclaimed fantasy and science fiction short story writers around. The author, who recently released the short story collection Not So Much, Said the Cat, has won the World Fantasy Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and is the only person to win five Hugo Awards in six years. But even with all those accolades, writing short fiction has definitely not made him rich.
Poetry competition deadline delayed
firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016
With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fifteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2016), firstwriter.com has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November.
The Poetry Swindon Festival begins next week
firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016
Spitfires, a goblin circus and complete nonsense - it can only be the Poetry Swindon Festival.
29 September sees the start of the community festival, kicking off with Poems Aloud, hosted by Hilda Sheehan (we've heard the Mayor of Swindon will be in attendance, reading and bringing his big grin and enthusiasm for poetry, so we're feeling very grown up!).
On Saturday 1 October, Poetry Swindon celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dada, the influential ‘nonsense’ art movement, with anti-verse workshops and open mic with the Tin Women.
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage as a free writing den
metro.co.uk – Wednesday September 21, 2016
If you’ve ever had dreams of swishing around a cottage in a silk dressing gown as you make a cup of coffee before setting down to write your first novel, then your luck may be in.
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage to one writer for a week, to help them escape the rat race and either get started on, or finish up their next literary masterpiece.
US publishers' sales decline 2.7% in first quarter
thebookseller.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016
American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period in 2015, according to data released yesterday (20th September) by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
Natasha Fairweather joins RCW
thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016
Natasha Fairweather, currently at United Agents, is set to join Rogers, Coleridge & White (RCW) in October.
Fairweather will be joining the board and taking up a senior role at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
She began her career as a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 1989, returning to the profession in 1999, at which point Fairweather joined AP Watt after a seven-year hiatus spent living and working in Jerusalem and Moscow. There Fairweather built a list of non-fiction writers including politicians, historians and journalists, and also represents a growing number of prize winning novelists. In 2012, when AP Watt was acquired by United Agents, Natasha became co-head of the newly-amalgamated book department.
‘The Irish Times’ travel writing competition
irishtimes.com – Saturday September 17, 2016
For the second year, The Irish Times, in conjunction with the Travel Department, is inviting aspiring writers to write a travel feature for consideration for publication in The Irish Times Magazine. The author of the best entry, as selected by our judges, will have their article published in print in The Irish Times Magazine, along with a travel-writing assignment abroad, also for publication in the Magazine.
Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels
wired.com – Friday September 16, 2016
JODIE ARCHER HAD always been puzzled by the success ofThe Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about the words that Brown had strung together? Dumb luck? The questions stuck with her even after she left Penguin in 2007 to get a PhD in English at Stanford. There she met Matthew L. Jockers, a cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, whose work in text analysis had convinced him that computers could peer into books in a way that people never could.
What is women's writing? Publishing insiders discuss power of female voices
theguardian.com – Wednesday September 14, 2016
Writers and editors explored what it means to be a woman in the literary world at an Emily Books event in Brooklyn: ‘The industry is mostly female, but male-run’