2016: Crunch time for publishing, its writers and their readers
thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 5, 2016
Dated today, 5th January, the Authors Guild's open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing's relations with authors.
New writing award announced to honour Sir Terence Rattigan
whatsonstage.com – Monday January 4, 2016
The Terence Rattigan Society have announced a new writing award with monetary prizes and a professional production of the winning play on offer.
Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books
expertclick.com – Friday January 1, 2016
Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books. Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books.
Ed Victor – an honoured literary agent
theguardian.com – Thursday December 31, 2015
The veteran literary agent Ed Victor has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list.
With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.
Print survives as a new literature is born
theguardian.com – Sunday December 27, 2015
This Christmas, in a tradition almost as hallowed as carol singing and turkey dinners, more than half of all the titles sold annually in the UK will have been traded in the frantic bazaar that dominates autumn business. This festive bonanza remains one of the few landmarks in an environment that, roughly since the millennium, has been rocked by a succession of seismic aftershocks, apparently threatening the very existence of Grub Street.
The Book Is Risen! Publishers Say Physical Book Sales Are Back on the Rise
mic.com – Saturday December 26, 2015
This Christmas, the best gift to get your loved ones might be a book — an actual one with pages made from dead trees.
Long considered doomed, the physical book has been making a comeback in recent years with sales surging in 2014 and continuing to increase at a more modest pace this year. According to raw data from Nielsen BookScan,Quartz reported, 501 million books were sold in 2013, a number that grew to 559 million for 2014, and 2015 now stands at 571 million.
Author Publishes 5 Books with 5 Different Publishers in 10 Months
expertclick.com – Monday December 21, 2015
While many authors struggle to get one book published by a traditional publisher, author Gini Graham Scott has published 5 books with different publishers – and she helps other writers find publishers and agents. Plus she has a feature film in release and a second feature in production – and she helps screenwriters and filmmakers find producers, agents, and distributors, too.
Winners and losers: publishers pick the 2015 books they loved, missed and envied
theguardian.com – Friday December 18, 2015
Which books did well, which were left on the shelves, and which made editors green with envy?
Children’s Publishers Choose Their Favorite Reads of 2015
publishersweekly.com – Wednesday December 16, 2015
We asked staffers at children’s publishing houses to tell us about their favorite children’s book they read this year (new or backlist), and how they discovered it. Our only proviso: it couldn’t be a book that their company had published. See their responses, and happy reading!
Self-Publishing Stars of 2015
publishersweekly.com – Saturday December 12, 2015
In BookLife and Publishers Weekly’s second annual starred reviews roundup, we celebrate the best of the best: the self-published books that received starred reviews in 2015. And we check in with some of the authors of these titles, asking them for writing advice and self-publishing tips for aspiring writers.