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8 July 2013 - What's new

8 July 2013
  • A shifting of the tectonic plates of publishing - this was an unprecedentedly eventful week in publishing, which saw the completion of the Penguin Random House merger, but with some surprises, and the completely unexpected departure of Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK. News Review reports.
  • Suzanne Ruthven interviews her colleague Autumn Barlow, publisher for the new John Hunt PublishingExplore the "Our Imprints" section to learn more about our uniquely qualified publishers and their supporting teams. imprint for historical fiction, Top Hat BooksAn Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Historical fiction that lives. We publish fiction that captures the contrasts, the achievements, the optimism and the radicalism of ordinary and extraordinary times across the world.: 'As I see it, "historical" isn't actually a genre itself. Within historical fiction there are literary works, thrillers, romances, action-adventure, and of course Alternate Histories and historical fantasy...'  Talking to publishers 2
  • ‘Whether you're an author, agent, publisher or retailer, depending on your view it's either a terrifying or exhilarating time. The only certainty is that it's all changing... The publishing world has gone mad. But throughout it all, one thing will survive - the inspiration of stories, the power of words. It's what unites all of us at this party. Victoria Barnsley, CEO, at the HarperCollins UK summer party which turned into her leaving party, as reported in Bookbrunch, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Are you looking to have some help with your writing, a report perhaps, a Submission Critique or Copy editing? Our editorial services might be able to help.
  • Links to this week's top stories: Want Kids to Succeed at School? Stock Your Home with Books | Publishing Perspectives,  Genre Fiction and Digital Publishing: A Marriage Made in Heaven | Publishing Perspectives, Google Wins Appeal, Authors Guild Loses Class Action Status.
  • This week's Writing Opportunity is the Costa Short Story Award, for a previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, living in the UK or Ireland. It's closing on 2 August.
  • ‘Fiction, imaginative work that is, is not dropped like a pebble upon the ground, as science may be; fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.' Virginia Woolf, quoted in our Writers' Quotes.