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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.


Link: How Much Can You Fake in Publishing? 15 December 2014

YouTube sensation Zoella (Zoe Sugg) is not a national treasure in the UK yet, but the controversy over her novel Girl Online, and the questions it raises about authenticity, have a faint echo in the latest book from someone who is definitely a UK national treasure, the TV presenter and media...

Whats new: 15 December 2014 - What's new 15 December 2014
  • There's been quite a lot of talk about ghostwriting this last week. It's been sparked off by the revelation that Zoella Sugg, Britain's biggest female vlogger, had a ghostwriter working on her first novel, Girl Online.
News Review: Is it ghostwritten? Does it matter? 15 December 2014

There's been quite a lot of talk about ghostwriting this last week.

Not content with running his six eponymous bookshops in London's smartest neighbourhoods, James Daunt has now turned around the nation's biggest bricks and mortar bookseller, Waterstones. Hermione Eyre meets him to talk vlogger power, Kindle culture and how to save our bookshops in the online...

As a book publicist, my job is sometimes as much about educating authors about publishing and bookselling as it is about getting media attention for their book. Long ago, before the internet became the dominate avenue for promotion and communication, there were certain tried-and-true paths to...

It's a cheerful orange giant stuffed with fan fiction and smileys which can garner a billion reads for an erotic One Direction story - scoring 25-year-old Texan Anna Todd a six-figure publishing deal in the process.

Commentary: 'Genre fiction was looked at as a ghetto' 13 December 2014

‘I didn't follow the sf rules and conventions unless I felt like it; essentially I went on writing what I wanted to write, and they could call it what they liked.

Whats new: 8 December 2014 - What's new 8 December 2014
  • 'Two extremely different but very successful novels have launched new book-writing careers.
News Review: Two successful new writers 8 December 2014

Two extremely different but very successful novels have launched new book-writing careers.

Ben Okri has won the 22nd annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for The Age of Magic (Head of Zeus). The prize was presented by the Reverend Richard Coles, former member of chart-topping band The Communards, presenter of Saturday Live and latterly a Church of England priest who served...

I often dream I am in a bookstore or in a library. Then I wake up and I am in Queens, the largest of the five boroughs in New York City, the most diverse place imaginable, and where there are currently two Barnes & Noble and one independent book seller and a few places to buy used books. But...

Mentoring for writers is essential as editors, publishers and literary agents become ever busier, authors have told The Bookseller, claiming that everyone in the publishing process benefits from writers having guidance from others in the industry who can act as a sounding board, and champion up-...

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