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Going Into 2019, The Publishing Industry Is Excited About Audio

forbes.com – Friday December 28, 2018

Audiobooks have been a popular sector of the publishing industry for years now thanks to the ubiquity of the smartphone, but 2018 was the year that distribution channels caught up: Google, Walmart, and Instaread all started selling audiobooks within the last year, and Kobo wasn't too far ahead of them. Intermediaries are making audiobook distribution easier too, like Findaway Voices, which ushers self-published authors' audiobooks onto the Apple Books marketplace and its 45% royalties. With even more audiobook accessibility, 2019 is poised to keep the audio train rolling, and no publisher wants to be left behind.

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Book industry booms as children catch the reading bug

newshub.co.nz – Thursday December 27, 2018

When it came to kid's presents this year one of the most popular items in Santa's sack was a new book.

Publishers are celebrating an industry boom with children's titles flying off the shelves.

The increase in sales is being put down to a number of factors, including a higher quality of offerings on the shelves.

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Bottleneck at printers derails holiday book sales in US

businesstimes.com.sg – Wednesday December 26, 2018

THIS year has been, much to everyone's surprise, a blockbuster for the publishing industry. Despite the relentless news cycle, readers have bought books in droves.

Hardcover sales are up, and unit sales at independent bookstores have risen 5 per cent. Multiple titles - Bob Woodward's Fear, Bill Clinton and James Patterson's The President Is Missing and Michelle Obama's Becoming - have passed the million-copy mark, while there is also a surprisingly strong appetite for literary fiction.

But what should be good news for publishers, agents and authors has created headaches during the crucial holiday sales season, as printing presses struggle to keep up with a surge in demand, creating a backlog that has led to stock shortages of popular titles.

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Non-fiction ruled even as new wave of authors came to the fore (2018 In Retrospect)

business-standard.com – Wednesday December 19, 2018

Scripting a fresh narrative in Indian publishing, the year saw a sustained interest of both publishers as well as readers in non-fiction while a new wave of authors -- spanning genres and languages -- came to the fore both on the bestseller charts and through recognition at major literary awards.

In fact, the rising popularity of non-fiction and memoirs has been a significant trend over the past few years, but 2018 was the year when the genre firmly cemented itself as the favourite of the readers in India.

This is evident as leading publishers and literary agents have now become sceptical when it comes to considering fiction manuscripts -- some have even set aside only two days of the week for such submissions -- while non-fiction commissioning has climbed a notch higher.

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The Borough Press and The Good Literary Agency open submissions for un-agented BAME writers

thebookseller.com – Monday December 17, 2018

The Borough Press has teamed up with The Good Literary Agency to open submissions for un-agented BAME writers with the one winning applicant set to secure a £10,000 publishing contract, agency representation and mentoring from writer Nikesh Shukla. 

Assistant editor Ore Agbaje-Williams is calling for authors from BAME backgrounds who have written a literary or literary-commercial novel in keeping with the spirit of The Borough Press list - books people want to talk about, either to question or agree; books that span the globe, whether near home or far afield; energetic, modern and eclectic books that inspire passion in readers - to enter the open submission. 

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Publishers put up £5k prize for funny female writers

chortle.co.uk – Monday December 17, 2018

A new award for funny new female authors has been given a major boost.

The new Comedy Women in Print Prize, launched by Helen Lederer at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, has joined forces with publisher HarperFiction, to award the winning aspiring novelist a publishing contract and a £5,000 advance.

The runner-up will receive a free place on the MA course in creative writing at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Children's Publisher Kickstarts Its Book-for-Book Promise

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 16, 2018

The brand-new California children’s publisher Bushel & Peck Books has raised more than $35,000 from nearly 400 backers on Kickstarter this month, inching toward the start-up’s goal of raising $75,000 to help produce its first season of children’s books. Originally, the campaign was scheduled to end on December 20, but the publisher decided this week to transition from a 30-day campaign window to a 60-day window on the crowdfunding platform. The Kickstarter campaign introduced the new publisher to the world, and the funds will jump-start its book production.

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Religion Publishers Have Great Expectations for 2019

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 16, 2018

A biography of the Dalai Lama, the memoir of a soldier involved in the accidental shooting of Pat Tillman, and a critical look at the Vatican are among the titles coming in 2019 from religion and spirituality publishers.

Leading religion lists next year are books that address classic topics, as well as those that cluster around current events.

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Big Publishers Work On Getting Their Houses in Order

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 16, 2018

After accumulating assets, it is not unusual for publishers to look for ways to manage those properties more effectively. Such was the case again in 2018, especially late in the year when two of the Big Five trade publishers made significant adjustments. The most wide-ranging realignment was the merger of the Crown Publishing Group into the Random House Publishing Group. The reorg, announced in October, put both groups under Random House head Gina Centrello, with Crown president and publisher Maya Mavjee leaving the company at the end of the year. On December 7, Centrello announced how Crown will be structured as part of Random House.

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Eleventh Annual Papatango New Writing Prize Opens For 2019 Submissions

broadwayworld.com – Thursday December 6, 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize, now in its eleventh year, opens for submissions today, 6 December 2018, until 9pm on 17 February 2019.

The Papatango New Writing Prize was the UK's first - and remains the only annual - opportunity guaranteeing a new writer a full production, publication by Nick Hern Books, a royalty of 10% of the gross box office, and a £6000 commission with full developmental support for a follow-up play.

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