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23 April 2012 - What's new

23 April 2012
  • 'In the halls of the London Book Fair, publishers and others continued to agonise about whether the e-book agency model can survive globally in the wake of the US Department of Justice lawsuit (see News Review last week) and there was also widespread frustration at the delay of the Nook device launching in the UK...' News Review reports from LBF.
  • Read Michael Legat’s 19  Factsheets on everything from plotting your novel to publishers’ contracts.
  • Our Writing Opportunity this week is The Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize, which has a deadline of 1 August and is open to uncommissioned writers working on a biography.
  • ‘I don’t believe in writer’s block. Think about it—when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn’t it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due? Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands. If you have a limited amount of time to write, you just sit down and do it... ' Jodi Piccoult, author of Lone Wolf, in our Comment column.
  • Publicising your book - gaining publicity is one of the biggest hurdles a new fiction or non-fiction writer faces. After all, without it, no-one will even know your book exists. In this article, media agent Alison Smith-Squire offers some top tips.
  • Links to recent stories - our new feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world: Love, Sex & Romance -In a move to build community and learn more about its customers, American publisher Sourcebooks is launching a romance e-book club. Trending: clash of the book titles- What's worse than seeing that someone else has come up with the same book title as yours? But there's no copyright in titles, as John Walsh points out.
  • 'Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.' William Hazlitt in our Writers' Quotes.