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4 June 2012 - What's new

4 June 2012
  • 'It's been a big week for the Orange Prize for Fiction. First there was the announcement that Orange will no longer be sponsoring it after this year's Prize. This was certainly a big surprise, as it's generally been regarded as one of the most successful of all sponsorships and there had been no indication, in public at least, that anything had changed. It has been the longest-running arts sponsorship in the UK...' News Review on this week's big story.
  • This week's Writing Opportunity is the Manchester Poetry Prize, closing on 31 August, open internationally and with a First Prize of £10,000.
  • Our Inside Publishing  series provides a helpful introduction to publishing for authors. This extremely useful 19-part series has been revised to take account of changes in the publishing world.  Advances and royalties, The Relationship between agents and publishers, Subsidiary rights, The English-speaking publishing world, The Marketing department and The Financial relationship between writers and publishers can all be found on the site.
  • 'I worry so much about everything I write, I always think: "Is this the one that's a disaster?" Fortunately I've written enough, and didn't get successful with my first book so I've had experience with not selling very many copies.  I worry every single time, it's an awful experience, but hopefully it makes my writing better...' Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy, in the Bookseller, quoted in our Comment column.
  • This week's Links to recent stories includes NY judge grants class status in Google book fight, James Daunt isn't a moron, Publishers should be proud of their legacy and UK Publisher's Association Accuses British Library Of 'Tawdry Theft' For Supporting More Reasonable Copyright .
  • 'The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.' Henry James in our Writers' Quotes