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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: April | Douglas Burcham

Reading and Writing for Pleasure: April | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with thoughts for April on writing matters in the news, work in progress, reading and publishing.   Several years ago, I watched a TV programme showing Sir Terry Pratchett at work in front of a number of computer monitor screens. Then a little later, the news

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Why an Author Needs a Publicist in Today’s Competitive Book Market – Tany Soussana | Guest Post

For the author who is looking to make a difference between where their book is at today (perhaps just puttering along), or where it can be (with a publicist in tow), let me ask you this:  If not now, when? First off, congratulations are in order if you are an author who has made it

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Reading and Writing for Pleasure: March | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with some leap year thoughts for March on work in progress, reading and publishing. “How do you plead?” “Guilty.” “Mitigation.” “I just need time to find the right words and then place them in the right order.” Being locked up in jail before a big drop

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Man Booker Prize Announces 2015 Longlist

The longlist for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced this morning, Wednesday 29th July 2015. From the Press Release:   This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The judges considered 156 books for this year’s

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Pearson in ‘advanced discussions’ to Sell Financial Times Group

Publishing group Pearson is reportedly in advanced discussions with Germany’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer to offload its iconic newspaper, the Financial Times. The Financial Times Group includes a 50% stake in The Economist magazine and several other titles. In recent years Pearson has been concentrating on consolidating its brand as an educational publisher and over the past few

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Troubador Publishing Acquires The Book Guild Ltd

This week Troubador Publishing Ltd (UK) has completed the acquisition of Brighton-based self-publishing service provider The Book Guild Ltd. TIPM understands that discussions between Troubador and The Book Guild had been on-going for several months and a final deal was agreed recently for an undisclosed sum. Troubador will continue to run The Book Guild Ltd as an independent company. Troubador already

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Publishing for Digital Minds Conference | London Book Fair 2015 [Video]

The London Book Fair 2015 (LBF) begins tomorrow (Tuesday 14th April) at the Olympia London and will last three days. It is one of the annual highlights for the publishing industry along with Frankfurt and Book Expo America. Although the event does not officially start until tomorrow, its pre-event Publishing for Digital Minds Conference took place today. Digital Minds, now in its

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: Pennies Look After Themselves | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure posts by comparing writing with the financial analogy of pennies and pounds.   REF – 1750, Chesterfield, letter 5 Feb. (1932) IV. 1500: Old Mr. Lowndes, the famous Secretary of the Treasury, used to say – Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of

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