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Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Short List Announced

The shortlist for the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced for 2017 and seven books are fighting for the £25,000 prize! ABOUT THE SHORTLISTED BOOKS Jo Baker A Country Road, A Tree – The Judges said: … Continue reading

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Ebooks Are Proving a Turn Off for Younger Generations

Nielsen’s latest research into the UK’s book buying habits reveals a healthy and growing publishing sector in the UK, with overall sales growing by two percent year on year. When you break the market down the picture is less positive … Continue reading

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Successful Self Publisher Swimming Against the Tide

Joanna Penn has been something of a poster girl for the self-publishing community in the UK and has surprised many by announcing that she has moved into physical book publishing. Her publishing company, Curl Up Press, is an independent small … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Competition: BBC National Short Story Award

The prestigious BBC National Short Story Award, which has a first prize of £15,000, will open for entries on the 26th January. The award, for short stories up to 8,000 words, is open to any writer with a history of … Continue reading

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The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Writers Award is Growing

The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award has announced a new partnership with the University of Warwick for 2017, with the aim of broadening the award’s platform for supporting and nurturing the country’s … Continue reading

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Physical Book Sales Continue to Rise in 2016

New figures released by the Publishers Association show that while overall book revenues remained steady in the first half of 2016 physical book revenues continued to rise, indicating that the UK’s renewed love of printed books may be here to … Continue reading

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Calling All Writers, Novelists, Playwrights and Poets Struggling to Find the Time

The Royal Society of Literature is looking for novelists, playwrights, poets and short story writers who need time away from their normal lives – to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or to travel abroad for research – to … Continue reading

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Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2017 Competition

The Scottish Book Trust has announced that applications for the New Writers Awards 2017 are now open, providing a unique opportunity for 10 unpublished writers who live in Scotland to pursue their dream of becoming a published author. This is … Continue reading

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Adult Book Sales Propped up by Children’s Books

Research company Nielsen held their 2nd Children’s Book Summit in New York last week. Leading lights from the children’s publishing world spent the day looking behind the sales statistics to gain a deeper understanding of today’s children’s book buyers. Titles … Continue reading

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Is Dictation Software Making Us More Friendly?

Transcription apps have become so reliable that more and more people have made the switch from typing into their PC or phone to speaking to it.   Systems aren’t perfect, devices make mistakes, but people find the time taken to correct … Continue reading

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