Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Women's Prize for Fiction
Small publishers have expressed anger and dismay over “extortionate” fees charged to enter the Women’s Prize for Fiction, which they believe risk the coveted award becoming “elitist” and exclusionary.
BA Conference 2017
The debate around steep discounting intensified at the Booksellers Association Conference, with retailers lamenting that the trend is causing the industry to “haemorrhage profit”.
David Farrier
Fourth Estate won a “heated” five-publisher auction for a book by a university lecturer about "the marks we are making on the planet".
Downloaded audio revenues in the US rose 29% in the first four months of this year by comparison to the same period in 2016, with April in particular surging to a 34% year-on-year rise, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers.
Di Speirs
BBC Radio 4’s Di Speirs is one of the headline speakers appearing at the Independent Publishers Guild’s fully-booked autumn conference which will also feature a new partnership with the Booksellers Association.
Bear Grylls
Transworld Publishers has acquired survival expert and TV personality Bear Grylls’ new book, How To Stay Alive, a compendium of lessons he has learnt on his adventures across the globe.

PRH Write Now
Penguin Random House hosted 50 aspiring authors at its offices on the Strand for a free day of advice and talks about how to get published.
Louisa Treger
Bloomsbury has bought a new book from Louisa Treger about a woman “with a dramatic snake tattooed on her leg and a mysterious past”.
Daunt Books Publishing
Daunt Books Publishing has acquired the memoir Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla, a New York subway conductor who was born an "untouchable" in India.
William Trevor
Viking is publishing 10 "exquisite" stories by the late William Trevor - six of them for the first time - in a new book called Last Stories.
Sarah Morgan
HarperCollins division Harlequin has acquired three “stand-alone multi-generation women’s fiction” books by romance author Sarah Morgan.
Republic of Consciousness
The Times Literary Supplement has become the official media partner of The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses.

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