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The July Magazine has Maureen Kincaid Speller's review of Jeff VanDermeer's Booklife, a truly fabulous volume, and Joanne Phillips' The Business of Writing for Self-publishing Authors, a follow-up to her useful article on The Business of Writing, plus a range of interesting links, which include some enlightening articles on poetry.


Whats new: 1 September 2014 - What's new 1 September 2014
  • This week we have another article on the key subject - for all authors - of international rights, News Review on a plunge in print on demand titles in the US, Anthony Horowitz's comments on writing and some tough subjects in our links, such as whether ebooks are destroying bookselling...

Recent figures from Bowker in the US show a startling plunge in the number of titles printed print-on-demand by 46% year-on-year. Even more surprising perhaps is that this decline is not part of the major shift from print titles to ebooks, as the overall print figures declined by only 1.6%.

Emily Dickinson said, over a century ago, that "There is no frigate like a book to take us Lands away," and it's true. When we pick up a book, turn on the TV, or watch a movie, we are carried away down the currents of story into a world of imagination. And when we land, once more, on a shore...

As the battle lines harden in the Amazon dispute, Ian Grant argues that no one is in the wrong - that both sides are, in fact, right.

Children's laureate Malorie Blackman has vowed that "hell will freeze over before I let racists and haters silence me" after facing an outpouring of racist abuse following her call for more diversity in children's books.

The global bookselling industry has been experiencing many trials and tribulations over the last decade. Indigo books in Canada has been losing 20 million each quarter for the last year, Borders Books in the US went bankrupt and everyone else is feeling the pinch of Amazon. Are eBooks destroying...

Commentary: 'All writing comes from tension.' 30 August 2014

‘A writer is over when they think they're perfect. Sometimes you just have to rewrite a book: the new Sherlock Holmes novel wasn't working, so 42,000 words in I'm back to the beginning...

Whats new: 25 August 2014 - What's new 25 August 2014
  • This week: why your book contract needs vetting, News Review on open submissions, writing opportunity The Big Idea and the link to an article on whether TV writers as such exist any more.
  • 'It looks as if open submissions are here to stay.
News Review: Open submissions give writers a chance 25 August 2014

It looks as if open submissions are here to stay. Publishers, having for many years tried to stem the tide of unsolicited submissions, are now openly soliciting them within a time-limited and often genre- specific framework.

On Saturday I was able to steal away a few hours to see The Hunger Games movie with my wife. Later that night, with our daughter finally asleep, we took a few more hours to watch the DVD of the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The opening weekend of The Hunger Games crushed The Girl...

Publishing has a secret weapon that most other industries don't: passionate readers who promote books for no reason other than to spread the joy of a good story. These readers also seek out recommendations from others in their book community. Strong communities exist for all types of books and...

Sandy Hall was nervous. Ms. Hall, a librarian in Morristown, N.J., was preparing one recent night to lead her weekly book club meeting with a group of 14 teenagers. The book being discussed, a young-adult romance titled "A Little Something Different," was her own debut novel.

"I'm still...

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