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The March Magazine covers the shortlist of the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year, open submissions for Granta Magazine and Tinder Press and some great links, Asking whether Amazon is friend or foe is a simple question that is complicated to answer - The Shatzkin Files The Shatzkin Files and Why Writers Need to Know the Publishing Business.


News Review: Writing genre fiction 4 May 2015

If you're writing genre fiction, or planning to, it's important to understand what's working in the market and what's already out there. This is the sort of information you can only get by a close study of publishers' genre lists and by reading as many books in your chosen genre as you can.

Here is the scenario: a society is considering a publishing services deal with Elsevier, Wiley, whomever. The society, having heard from the librarians at their institutions that the people who work for commercial publishers are Certifiably Bad Guys, is fearful that the large publishers will...

An eight-year-old who asked, "What if a girl wanted a pirate book?" has won a victory for equality, after children's publisher Scholastic stopped labelling books as "for girls" or "for boys".

More than two dozen writers including Junot Díaz, Joyce Carol Oates and Lorrie Moore have joined a protest against a freedom of expression award for Charlie Hebdo, signing a letter taking issue with what they see as a "reward" for the magazine's controversial cartoons.

Sales of audiobooks have doubled in the last five years, thanks to the popularity of digital downloads and a host of famous faces signing up to read them, figured from the Publishers Association show.

Statistics gathered by the association show that British readers spent £10million of...

Publishers need to focus on developing fans for books, not merely marketing them, argues Lance Fensterman, founder of ReedPop and producer of BookCon.

When writers ask me "Can you find me a literary agent?" they don't realize it's kind of like asking me "Can you find me the right spouse?" This is a research process and decision that's best conducted by you. I think you'll understand why by the end of this post.

Commentary: 'We can't choose to be poets' 2 May 2015

‘For the perennial breed of poets, to be neglected is an occupational hazard. Most of us deserve it. Nobody says most plumbers deserve it, but plumbers have to deliver. It doesn't really matter whether a poet delivers or not. If poets don't come through with the goods, nobody will be affected...

Whats new: 27 April 2015 - What's new 27 April 2015
  • The unique Novella Award is open to any writer in the English-speaking world with an entry fee of £17 and a 1st Prize of £1,000 and publication by Sandstone Press. It closes on 15 June. This week's...
News Review: Children's print book sales booming 27 April 2015

Recent figures from Nielsen BookscanUK bibliographic organisation, describing itself as 'the definitive retail monitoring service for books', which shows UK bestseller lists on its website. http...

The London Book Fair has evolved to reflect the "new ecology" of publishing and shift in confidence, says Faber's Stephen Page.

We're going to go out on a limb here and make a sweeping prediction, one that hopefully will be ridiculed in fifty years: consumers do not buy books directly from the publisher. Why not? Because in most cases, they don't know who the publisher is. In even more dire news for publishers, consumers...

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