Political Correctness May Stop Authors Writing

Many writers are being accused of cultural appropriation.

Being accused of cultural appropriation could be stopping authors from publishing books that reflect black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME) audiences according to the Westminster Media Forum. The issue was raised by the chief executive for the Society of Authors, Nicola Soloman, who pleaded with publishers please don’t troll our authors for cultural appropriation. “We need

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What Writers Should Do During The ‘Dead Month’

August is known as the dead month in publishing.

August is affectionately known as the ‘dead month’ in the publishing industry. During August all work comes to a virtual halt as editors, agents, proofreaders, typesetters, CEOs, dog walkers and everyone else on the planet takes a much-needed vacation. So, all you aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries

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31st International Publishers Congress

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held in London.

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held at Olympia, West London on April 9-12 2016. This year Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany will headline the Congress. The world famous authors join a line-up of influential global publishing leaders who will debate the publishing industry’s future. London will be the setting for the 31st

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Diverse Books Needs to be More Than an Online Trend

We need more books and readers.

A recent article in The Guardian by Nikesh Shukla questioned how to make the publishing industry less ‘posh’, ‘white’ and ‘male’. In the article Shukla suggests that the “absence of any black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writers on next year’s World Book Night list [has] provoked an outcry” and asked various writers and prominent

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Gender Disparity in Australian Book Reviews

Is there a gender gap in publishing?

The Stella Prize along with Books+Publishing, has released statistics showing the gender breakdown of reviews in the Sydney Review of Books and the Saturday Paper. The Stella Count ‘Redux’ focuses on ‘two new publications whose weekly book reviews generate much public interest’, and includes book reviews published in the Saturday Paper from 1 March to

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Technology’s Impact on Publishing

Technology is changing the face of the book publishing industry according to a new study from Australia.

An Australian first study of Australian authors highlights the dramatic and profound impact that technology is having on authors and the publishing industry. Technology has opened up significant opportunities for self-publishing with the study showing that 84 per cent of fiction authors are changing the way their work is published or distributed. Technology is impacting

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Independent Authors Dominate eBook Market

eBooks on various eBook reading devices.

Independent authors and Amazon-imprint authors sell more eBooks per day than the traditional publishers combined which is the uncomfortable truth that most industry observers, and those in the Big Five publishers, find it hard to swallow. Publishing industry statistics from Nielsen, Bowker, et al who all rely purely on counting ISBNs are completely blind to this fact because

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