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12 March 2012 - What's new

12 March 2012
  • 'With the world’s top children book fair, Bologna, starting on the 19th March, all eyes are on this lucrative and expanding area of the publishing market. This is partly because across the world parents have continued to invest in books for their children and in their children’s education at a time when general bookselling has been affected by recession. Children’s publishers are subject to less uncertainty than their adult counterparts and can continue to invest in the long term.' News Review reports.
  • The 2011 Diagram Prize - Now's your chance to catch up with this year's shortlist of six barmy titles, and to go to the Bookseller's site to cast your own vote. Ranging from Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge to Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World, this is a vintage year.
  • Our Inside Publishing series provides a helpful introduction to publishing for authors. This extremely useful 19-part series has been revised to take account of changes in the publishing world. Advances and royalties, The Relationship between agents and publishers, Subsidiary rights, The English-speaking publishing world, The Marketing department and The Financial relationship between writers and publishers can all be found on the site.
  • 'I can't do fantasy. When I read C S Lewis I just don't get it. I can walk into the cupboard but I can't walk out of it into the snow. I like historical facts, evidence, real stories. There are so many vampires now, there is a lot of dross as well as good stuff. But take J K Rowling or Philip Pullman, it is amazing what these people have done... Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, in The Times, quoted in our Comment column.
  • British Library Web Archive - We feel very honoured that the British Library asked to archive in its web archive. It was initially archived on 15 October 2009 and has been updated at six-monthly intervals ever since.
  • ‘That’s the thing about a film script. It doesn’t matter how much of your heart and soul you put into it, it’s still an instruction manual, and if someone doesn’t make it, it doesn’t have a purpose.’ David Nicholls in our Writers' Quotes.