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The July Magazine has Maureen Kincaid Speller's review of Jeff VanDermeer's Booklife, a truly fabulous volume, and Joanne Phillips' The Business of Writing for Self-publishing Authors, a follow-up to her useful article on The Business of Writing, plus a range of interesting links, which include some enlightening articles on poetry.


Whats new: 18 August 2014 - What's new 18 August 2014
  • This week, the 2015 Sunday Times EFG short Story Award, News Review looks at film options and how many British novels have been made into big films, Ian Rankin on money and, from our links, how reading print increases comprehension compared with reading digital.
  • 'The truth is that...

The truth is that many a film option, much publicised at the time it was sold, has subsequently disappeared into the sand. The investment in a feature film, particularly a Hollywood one, is so great that studios are exceedingly cautious about which options they pick up and run with.

The battle between Amazon, the online retailing giant, and Hachette, the international publishing group, has the makings of a plot for a legal thriller by John Grisham. A plucky young upstart eventually finds success, only to fall to the dark side and turn its back on the values it initially...

Out of Print is a film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the current state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America, circa 2013. The film, narrated by Meryl Streep, debuted in January at the Digital Book World conference in New York and is now available to order...

Reading a print book is better for comprehension than reading on a computer, according to a new report out of Norway.

Scholastic, the publisher of such children's book juggernauts as The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series, announced recently that its Storia ebook shop would shortly be "transitioning" to a streaming model. What this means for its readers is that books they have already purchased might...

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Wei Gu says that twenty-three year old Zhang Wei is leading the way among writers in China who are making big bucks by publishing exclusively online.

Commentary: 'The money was a bonus, really.' 18 August 2014

‘I never started writing thinking I would make a lot of money out of it. Most of the writers I knew in the early days had day jobs. When I started making a bit of money from it that was nice. When it became a full-time occupation that was lovely. So the money was a bonus, really.

Whats new: 11 August 2014 - What's new 11 August 2014
  • Now it's open warfare, as described in our News Review, and in our Comment column, Sara Paretsky says 'My greatest feat is that stories will stop coming to me.'Our links include a knowledgeable article on historical fiction and an interview with an agent.
  • The Amazon/Hachette...
News Review: Authors United v Readers United (aka Amazon) 11 August 2014

The Amazon/Hachette dispute has now caused a large group of authors to band together to protest about how Amazon's actions are affecting their sales. Authors Unlimited printed a letter in Sunday's New...

As part of our ongoing series of Q&A's with the world's leading literary agents, scouts and rights managers, Publishing Perspectives talks to Taryn Fagerness, who founded the Taryn Fagerness Agency in Gig Harbor, Washington

A few days after choosing Mary Renault as the subject of this month's Reading group, I was listening to a few podcast interviews of Penelope Lively talking about her novel Moon Tiger. In one, Lively briefly got on to the subject of historical fiction, and noted: "I used to think that it was a...

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