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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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Man Booker Prize Shortlist for 2017 Announced

The shortlisted authors and books for the 2017 Man Booker Prize have been announced and the list includes two first-time female writers, and two previously shortlisted authors, Mohsin Hamid and Ali Smith, the latter making the list for the fourth time! … Continue reading

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Why Authors Can’t Afford to Ignore Goodreads

Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, launched in January 2007 with the aim of helping people find and share books they love. Visitors to the site can: See what books their friends are reading. Track the … Continue reading

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Google to Use Robot Writers to Produce 30,000 News Stories a Month!

Journalists, beware! Google has announced that is going to be working with the Press Association and Urbs Media (an automated software startup specializing in combing through large open datasets) to build software capable of writing 30,000 local news stories a … Continue reading

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WriteNow: An Initiative for New Writers From Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House publishes across a wide range of genres including commercial and literary fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and classics. With authors ranging from Dorothy Koomson to Philip Pullman, Arundhati Roy to James Patterson, Roald Dahl to Zadie Smith and now they … Continue reading

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New Amazon Book Chart Tracks Reading Rather Than Just Buying Habits

Amazon has been updating its most sold books chart hourly for some time now, but they have now added a feature whereby you can also track what people are actually reading! The new weekly list analyses data from Amazon’s e-commerce … Continue reading

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Fancy Writing Comedy for the BBC?

The BBC Writers Room’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is now open for comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). This year writers are being asked to specify which 10 consecutive pages of their script to read first.   So … Continue reading

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