Monday, 21 December 2009

Writers' Courses in Norfolk for 2010

Below is a list of courses from the Writers Centre Norwich


Poetry & Prose Workshops: Spring Programme

Developing your writing skills has always been at the top of our agenda, and we’re pleased to announce new workshops led by poetry and prose heavyweights Alan Jenkins and Henry Sutton to keep you inspired throughout 2010. We’re also launching two short courses led by TS Eliot Prize shortlisted poet Michael Laskey and esteemed novelist Rachel Hore, so if you feel your writing could do with some weekly care and attention, these are for you!

Places will be snapped up quickly, so to avoid disappointment please don’t hesitate to get your workshop booked by calling: 01603 877177 or email: info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk


FACT INTO POETRY with HELEN IVORY

One day workshop: Sat 27 February 2010│10am – 5pm│£50 / £40 conc

Discover how to play with ‘truth’ in order to make poetry with Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory.

POETRY MASTERCLASS with ALAN JENKINS

One day workshop: Sat 24 April 2010│10am – 4pm│£60 / £40 conc

A chance to look at the principles of poetry and workshop your poems with TLS deputy editor and poet, Alan Jenkins.


POETRY SHORT COURSE with MICHAEL LASKEY

28 April – 2 June 2010│Wednesdays │6 Weekly sessions │7pm – 9pm│£110 / £95 conc

Tone up your work with close readings, exercises and work-shopping in a 6 week course with the poetic maestro Michael Laskey.

To book email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk or call 01603 877177.


Prose Workshops

WRITING THE ZEITGEIST with HENRY SUTTON

Workshop and One-2-One: Sat 6 March 2010│10am – 1pm, then half hour 1-1 in pm│£50 / £40 conc.

Find out how to write about the great contemporary themes of our age, then see how you’re doing with one-two-one feedback from Henry.

NOVEL WRITING SHORT COURSE with RACHEL HORE

27 April – 1 June 2010│Tuesdays│6 Weekly sessions │7pm – 9pm│£110 / £95 conc

Gain motivation and feedback in a supportive creative environment led by three times published author Rachel Hore.

WRITING PEOPLE AND PLACES with VICKY GRUT

Saturday 8th May 2010 │10am – 5pm│Writers’ Centre Norwich, 14 Princes Street, Norwich│£60 / £50 conc.

Learn how to make your characters and settings come to life with an Asham Award winning writer who will lead a day full of writing exercises, readings and discussion.

To book email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk or call 01603 877177.

Contact:
Writers' Centre Norwich
14 Princes Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AE

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

New guidance on ebooks

Below is a link to an article giving sound advice to authors on royalties and rights regarding e books. Anyone who is about to negotiate a contract with a publisher, (or thinking of doing so in the near future) which includes digital rights would be advised to check this out.

The Society of Authors also provides free advice to its members.

New guidance on ebooks published in the latest issue of The Author:

"Members will be aware that sales of ebooks in the UK are said to be increasing rapidly, although they still account for only a small proportion of publishers’ turnover. The launch of Amazon’s Kindle, already the dominant ebook reader in the USA, is expected to expand the market considerably.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

An opportunity for writers seeking publication

A new independent publisher has launched, producing books only on a print-on-demand basis to create more "opportunities" for previously unpublished authors. Punked Books was launched by Kevin Mahoney in November.

Punked will publish six titles a year, across both adult and children's titles.


The books are signed without advances, but authors are given a standard royalty rate of 50%, after unit costs and retail discount. Mr Mahoney said he would use his website, AuthorTrek, to attract other submissions, but that so far it was a "mixture" of agented and unsolicited works.

Authors interested in submitting material to Punked Books can find out more details via the FAQ page: http://authortrek.com/punked-books/faq/

Monday, 7 December 2009

Book Buying Habits

Some interesting data supplied by Book Marketing Limited (BML).

57% of British consumers purchased one or more books last year, compared to only 50% of Americans;

Mystery and Romance books accounted for a whopping 57% of all fiction books purchased by Americans last year, versus just 31% in Britain;

Men were less important to the adult fiction market in the U.S. (29% of purchases) than in Britain (40%) in 2008;

While the leading GB channel continues to be retail bookstore chains (34%), the internet is now the #1 channel for books in the U.S.

Data supplied by BML the premier source of information and research on the book industry, undertaking a wide range of private and syndicated research projects, and publishing a variety of market reports.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Lightning Source in Deal with CreateSpace

Another move in the self-publishing market. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Lightning Source in Deal with CreateSpace: "Ingram and Amazon seemed to have buried their difference over a decision made in early 2008 by Amazon to make authors and publishers who want to sell their titles directly through Amazon use its print-on-demand division BookSurge (now being rebranded CreateSpace) rather than Ingram’s Lightning Source unit."

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Christmas Vouchers for Writers

The Perfect Writers' Stocking Filler from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

If someone wants to know what's on your wish list, ask them to call 020 8968 0777 for Christmas Voucher options. Vouchers can be specially tailored to suit and they make an invaluable gift.

Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Scouts for Leading Literary Agents.

Workshops 2010

Classic workshop

'How to be a savvy author: learn from industry insiders on how to edit your writing, submit, and get results.' Friday, 7th May - one-day workshop for adult and children's writers (max. 30), at the Art Workers Guild, London. £79 plus VAT. We'll show you self-edit techniques including how to plot your work and see it through to the end; and in the afternoon guest agent and publisher speakers will share their insights.

Tailor-made workshops (using authors' material)

'How to write and submit a picture book' - Friday 18th June - one-day workshop at the Society of Authors, London, £319 plus VAT. To be run by Julie Sykes, plus guest speaker.

'How to self-edit and submit women's commercial fiction' - 27-29 September - two-day workshop at Charney Manor, near Oxford. £570 plus VAT. To be run by Julie Cohen and Helen Corner, plus guest speaker.

'How to self-edit and submit adult and children's fiction' - 15-17 November - two-day workshop at Charney Manor, nr Oxford. £570 plus VAT. To be run by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner, plus guest speaker.

If you book in advance you get 10% discount and if it's before Christmas you catch the 15% VAT rate. For our 2-day workshops you only need to put down 20% deposit; the rest is payable two months prior to the workshop.

Contact: Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Scouts for Leading Literary Agents.
Milk Studios
34 Southern Row
London W10 5AN
Tel: 020 8968 0777

Listed by The Society of Authors.

Announcements: BEA to Focus on Spain, and More

Announcements: BEA to Focus on Spain, and More: "Spain and Spanish publishing will be the focus of BEA's Global Market Forum program in 2010. Programs will include a day of educational sessions, and BEA is 'seeking cooperation with numerous literary and cultural institutions in New York City to provide programming which extends beyond the convention center and will be open to the public.' They say they are in discussions with the 92nd St. Y, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and others. The Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Federation of Spanish Publishers and the Spanish Trade Commission are partners in the Spanish exhibition.

Separately, Oxford University Press has announced an agreement with Mayo Clinic Scientific Press to publish medical reference and textbooks authored by Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers. (Kaplan has a general trade publishing agreement with Mayo.)

Vook's latest initiative is a line of enhanced classic 'designed to motivate young readers to engage with the classics that have transformed literature over time.' To promote the first release, The Sherlock Holmes Experience (priced at $ 2.99), they are offering a free copy to educators and any accredited school or public library in the US and UK.
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In People news, Paul Kozlowski will join the Other Press as director of marketing and sales on January 1. He has worked as a bookseller, a retail manager, a sales rep, a marketing director and, most recently, director of Sales marketing at Random House.

In the UK, Octopus has hired Stephanie Jackson as publishing director for Hamlyn, where she will commission "across a range of areas including business, wellbeing, brands and new business development, and acquire US-focused titles and authors." She was previously publisher at DK, responsible for special projects, sex, business, TV and UK custom publishing. "

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Announcements: BEA to Focus on Spain, and More: "Spain and Spanish publishing will be the focus of BEA's Global Market Forum program in 2010. Programs will include a day of educational sessions, and BEA is 'seeking cooperation with numerous literary and cultural institutions in New York City to provide programming which extends beyond the convention center and will be open to the public.' They say they are in discussions with the 92nd St. Y, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and others. The Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Federation of Spanish Publishers and the Spanish Trade Commission are partners in the Spanish exhibition.

Separately, Oxford University Press has announced an agreement with Mayo Clinic Scientific Press to publish medical reference and textbooks authored by Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers. (Kaplan has a general trade publishing agreement with Mayo.)

Vook's latest initiative is a line of enhanced classic 'designed to motivate young readers to engage with the classics that have transformed literature over time.' To promote the first release, The Sherlock Holmes Experience (priced at $ 2.99), they are offering a free copy to educators and any accredited school or public library in the US and UK.
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In People news, Paul Kozlowski will join the Other Press as director of marketing and sales on January 1. He has worked as a bookseller, a retail manager, a sales rep, a marketing director and, most recently, director of Sales marketing at Random House.

In the UK - Editorial Commissioning Contact

In the UK, Octopus has hired Stephanie Jackson as publishing director for Hamlyn, where she will commission "across a range of areas including business, wellbeing, brands and new business development, and acquire US-focused titles and authors." She was previously publisher at DK, responsible for special projects, sex, business, TV and UK custom publishing. "

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Cactus TV to the Rescue of Book Publishing

Written by Andrew Crofts. You can visit his blog by clicking on the link above and below.

Cactus TV to the Rescue of Book Publishing: "Cactus, the television company that brought us Richard and Judy, have devised a new book programme in which celebrities will talk about books - Thank God for that!

If there is one thing the publishing world needs it is spokespeople who will help the general public to discover what a joy books can be and to give them some guidance through the maze.

We have seen how effective this can be with Oprah and Richard and Judy, both of whom are apparently retiring from their roles as ambassadors to the publishing world- we desperately need a renewed sprinkling of stardust. Let's all pray that Cactus continue to choose their celebrities and anointed books as wisely as they have in the past.

Celebrities are possibly the most powerful marketing tools ever invented - let's recruit as many of them as possible to the great cause! "