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Amazon Expands Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Internationally

Amazon Expands Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Internationally

This week Amazon announced that it was expanding its reader-powered publishing platform  internationally, including Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and India. Kindle Scout was launched last year in the United States and the platform allows authors to submit unpublished, novel-length English-language manuscripts. Previews of the manuscripts are made available for Amazon readers to

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Reedsy Launches Global Author Survey

Reedsy provides an online marketplace to help connect authors with freelance publishing service professionals. It launched in 2014 as a new startup and opened its marketplace to authors that November. This week Reedsy founder Ricardo Fayet contacted TIPM to tell us about a new global survey it has designed, coded and launched. Fayet explains: The idea is to shed a bit

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HarperCollins Will Close Authonomy Writing Community in September

Popular online writing community Authonomy will close in September. Traditional publisher HarperCollins launched the writing and peer-critique community in 2008 as one alternative to the infamous slush pile. Manuscript submissions were ranked by users and the best five every month were then considered for publication by HarperCollins’ editors. In a blog post on Authonomy, the publisher said

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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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Wattpad Partners with Sourcebooks

Toronto-based Wattpad, one of the largest reading and writing communities in the world, continues to forge links with traditional publishers. Earlier this month Wattpad teamed up with romance publisher Harlequin for the 2015 So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) contest.  And for the second time in two years it has partnered with USA independent publisher Sourcebooks. Previously, in

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Self-Published Title Makes Polari First Book Prize Longlist

Al Brookes’ The Gift of Looking Closely has been selected in the Polari First Book Prize longlist of ten books. The longlist was announced last night at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre. The award was created five years ago to celebrate a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose,

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German Publishers and Booksellers Association Fears ‘monopolistic’ Amazon

Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, revealed 2014 sales figures for the German book market. The overall market saw a 2.2% fall and a slight increase in e-book sales. The Association’s Managing Director Alexander Skipis cited a significant decline in bestseller titles (down more than 20% on 2013) and growing ‘monopolistic companies like Amazon’. The German book industry’s economic

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Bloomsbury Set to Remove All Author Solutions’ Imprints from its Service Comparison Database

Back in September 2013 UK publisher Bloomsbury launched a resource and service comparison database for new writers and self-published authors. The database is part of Bloomsbury’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website, and its accompanying yearbook brand which provides information, articles and resources for writers. At the time of the launch Eela Devani, digital development director at Bloomsbury Publishing UK,

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Bertelsmann Eyeing Up Buyout of Penguin Random House

Almost a year to the day TIPM produced and posted an article and infographic to illustrate the global media corporations which control the so-called ‘big five’ publishers and the involvement major publishing houses now have in self-publishing service providers. You can still download this infographic here. One of those global corporations is Bertelsmann, current co-owners (with

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