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A taste of the latest Magazine...

The October Magazine has a new Success story from Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, and some interesting Writing Opportunities - The Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 and the Little Brown Group's Blackfriars open submission - as well as a great range of links to current news stories from the last few weeks.

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Whats new: 17 November 2014 - What's new 17 November 2014
  • 'It's a great relief to all parties that Hachette and Amazon have come to an amicable settlement after many months of wrangling in a dispute which has been very much in the public eye, even though it was never made public exactly what the argument was about...
News Review: Amazon and Hachette bury the hatchet 17 November 2014

It's a great relief to all parties that Hachette and Amazon have come to an amicable settlement after many months of wrangling in a dispute which has been very much in the public eye, even though it was never made public exactly what the argument was about.

The trade has reacted with relief to news that Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US and Amazon have reached a new multi-year agreement.

Should young-adult, science fiction, and fantasy novels be considered works of literature? Is The Hunger Games a work of art? Does anyone care? Over the last couple of years, a handful of authors have pitched their tents in the no man's land between "genre fiction" and "pure literature." But the...

Yet another article in a national newspaper suggests self-publishing offers an easy route to success. Not so, argues Liz Thomson.

The success of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy did much to overturn the stereotype of a self-published author. Now academic research further challenges the image of eccentric hobbyists scribbling away in their sheds by revealing that it is middle-aged and well-educated women who...

The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman in his 2011 Time article summarized the mentality surrounding fanfiction in mainstream culture as "what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a...

Commentary: 'Wrenching to write but satisfying' 17 November 2014

‘I'm very conscious that as I get older, I think less nimbly and feel more keenly than I used to. Fingersmith, with its very complicated plot and its big twist, had an energy to it. I don't think I could write a book like that any more. Not that I'd especially want to. What I enjoyed...

Whats new: 10 November 2014 - What's new 10 November 2014
  • Latest figures from the States suggest that readers are not parting with their print books, in spite of the growth in ebook sales, which have reached $8.5 billion in value worldwide. In the US the figures show that 23% of all male adult readers and 33% of females ones read ebooks.
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News Review: Readers loyal to print 10 November 2014

Latest figures from the States suggest that readers are not parting with their print books, in spite of the growth in ebook sales, which have reached $8.5 billion in value worldwide. In the US the figures show that 23% of all male adult readers and 33% of females ones read ebooks.

Fifteen years ago when I started working in publishing for Walker Books in London, the publishing world was primarily focused on the UK and the US picture book markets. Whilst it is still largely the case today, the industry is slowly changing and accepting more non-English publishers who...

The changing nature of the book industry in Europe as it redefines itself in the online era; the reduction of stores and shelf space both in Europe and in India; and-inevitably-the Amazon-Hachette dispute are among concerns exercising English-language publishers' minds as the end of 2014 draws...

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