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UK Publishing Has a Record Breaking Year

The Publishers Association has published its yearbook for 2017 and its good news for authors and booksellers! The UK publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2017, with income up 5% to £5.7bn. The industry is already the number one … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Group to Investigate Steep Fall in Author’s Earnings

The All Party Parliamentary Writers Group, which keeps MPs and Lords from all sides of the political spectrum informed on issues pertinent to writers, has launched an inquiry into authors’ earnings and to identify what environment writers need to enable them … Continue reading

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Researching New Book Leaves Author in a Comma!

Martin Greenwood was researching his grandfather’s artwork for a new book about his life when he became seriously ill and was unable to breathe. He was rushed to hospital and spend six days in a coma. It turned out that microscopic spores … Continue reading

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Charles Lea and the Arts Council Supporting Budding Writers In Trafford

 A series of free creative writing courses are set to start at libraries across Trafford next week. The Write Time, Write Place project is an eight-week long, adult creative writing courses for beginners, taking place in libraries from April to … Continue reading

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EFG Short Story Award Shortlist Announced

This year’s Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award shortlist includes six Americans, five of them women, making it the first time the international prize has had an all-American shortlist and only the second time that women have featured so heavily on … Continue reading

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Free Introduction to Screenwriting Course For Budding Writers

The University of East Anglia is offering a free online course for writers looking to develop screenwriting skills. The course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting, over 2 weeks, taking 3 hours per week, … Continue reading

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Magazine Publisher Launches Big Book Festival for Fiction and Non-Fiction

Magazine publisher Hearst UK, has announced the launch of its Big Book Festival, a new awards, accreditation and live events experience, aiming to discover the best new fiction and non-fiction titles in UK publishing. The Big Book Festival will involve … Continue reading

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World Book Night for 2018 Has a Mental Health Focus

The Reading Agency has announced the list of books to be given away on World Book Night, 23 April 2018. The varied titles, donated by publishers from Penguin Random House and Hachette to small presses Nine Arches and Cassava Republic, … Continue reading

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Government Seeking Authors’ Views on PLR Rates

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is seeking authors’ views on the British Library Board’s proposed PLR rate for 2018. The British Library Board is responsible for making a recommendation to the Secretary of State of the … Continue reading

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George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize With Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders has been named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first full-length novel from George Saunders, who is an internationally renowned short story writer. The 58-year-old New York … Continue reading

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