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9 April 2012 - What's new

9 April 2012
  • 'The annual Books & Consumers research into the British book market was delivered to a highly interested audience last week. Rarely can there have been so much change in one year and the assembled bookseller and publishers were keen to hear what had actually been going on.' News Review joined the audience.
  • Update to our links Our 23 lists of recommended links have just been updated with many new links to sites of special interest to writers. these range from Writers' Online Services to Picture libraries and from Software for writers to Writers' Magazines & Sites. There's a new Writers' Blogs listing which needs populating, so please send your suggestions in.
  • 'Oddly enough, despite the explosion of new formats and new media, the fundamental things apply. Vanity Fair confirms that the grammar of writing and publishing is unchanged. Authors work alone in their private space. Eventually, their work is ready to be seen by readers...' Robert McCrum in the Observer, quoted in our Comment column.
  • If you want editorial input from our professional editors, have a look at our 18 Services, especially our Editor's ReportSubmission Critique and Children's Services.  Also available is Copy editing, Manuscript Typing and what we call Manuscript Polishing - getting your manuscript ready for publication if you are not a native English speaker and need some help to get it right.
  • Links to stories of the week 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. This week it's Discoverability and the New World of Book PR and Why The 'Missing 20th Century' Of Books Is Even Worse Than It Seems.
  • 'Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.' Colette in our Writers' Quotes.