Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Self-publishing sees massive growth

The self publishing sector has grown 287% in the last five years, with more than 200,000 titles published last year in the US.

Self-publishing is becoming "mainstream", with new figures revealing the number of do-it-yourself books published in the US has exploded, tripling in the last five years to reach almost quarter of a million titles in 2011.

New analysis from Bowkerwhich issues ISBNs for books published in the US – shows that writers are jumping into self-publishing at an unprecedented rate. The number of self-published books in America grew by 287% to 235,625 books between 2006 and 2011.

Self-published ebooks make up 37% of that total, with 87,201 released in 2011, and are the fastest-growing sector, up 129% since 2010, with print growing 33% in the same period.

The UK was not part of the new analysis, though some books published in the UK will also have been assigned an ISBN in the US.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Penguin/Random House merger confirmed

Pearson and Bertelsmann have confirmed that Penguin and Random House are to combine into a new consumer publishing organisation, Penguin Random House, with the merger expected to complete in the second half of 2013.

Bertelsmann will own 53% of the new venture and Pearson 47%; Bertelsmann gets five directors on the new board and Pearson four. Current Penguin chairman and chief executive John Makinson will be chairman of Penguin Random House with Random House chief executive Markus Dohle in the chief executive role for the new company.

However the joint venture will exclude Bertelsmann's trade publishing business in Germany and Pearson will retain rights to use the Penguin brand in education markets worldwide.

In a statement, the publishers said: "The combination brings together two of the world's leading English language publishers, with highly complementary skills and strengths. Random House is the leading English language publisher in the US and the UK, while Penguin is the world's most famous publishing brand and has a strong presence in fast-growing developing markets. Both companies have a long history of publishing excellence, and both have been pioneers in the dramatic industry transformation towards digital publishing and bookselling... In reviewing the long-term trends and considerable change affecting the consumer publishing industry, Pearson and Bertelsmann both concluded that the publishing and commercial success of Penguin and Random House can best be sustained and enhanced through a partnership with another major international publishing house."

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Join CyberCrime Experts and Crime Authors at CSI Portsmouth

At this year's CSI Portsmouth, the third year of this popular event, there is a great line up of crime experts and authors.  You can read all about the crime experts and crime authors taking part at CSI Portsmouth

Joining me on the afternoon panel is crime writer Ann Cleeves, the author of the Vera series of crime novels which have been adapted into the popular ITV series starring Brenda Blethyn and David Leon, broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide. An adaptation of Red Bones, one of her Shetland mysteries, is currently in preparation for television. Her books have been translated into twenty languages.

My marine based mystery crime novels are set at the opposite end of the UK. The Solent mysteries are set around Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. They feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton. There are currently eight in the series with the ninth, Undercurrent, being published in January 2013. They are published in the UK and the USA where they have been highly acclaimed and have been translated intoseveral languages and are soon to be published in China. I am also theauthor of two stand alone thrillers, one of which, In Cold Daylight was voted the third most popular novel for World Book Day 2008.

On the crime expert side we have Adrian Fretter from Hampshire Police Hi Tech Unit, Professor Bran Nicol an expert on Stalking and Internet Stalking and Dr Mark Button an expert on Fraud.

It promises to be a very lively panel debate looking at cyber crime, fraud and stalking, and the audience will have the chance to put their questions to the crime authors and crime experts.

During the day the Fingerprint Bureau will be present, you can also visit the bookshop provided by The Hayling Island Bookshop,talk to the authors and experts, and visit the Scene of Crime providedby students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College.

Tickets cost £10 for the day with £3 redeemable against a book bought on the day.

Call the Box Office on 023 9268 8037 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

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If you're a lover of crime fiction, CSI programmes or true crime then CSI Portsmouth (UK)an annual event where crime fiction meets crime fact could be just for you.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Penguin and Random House in merger talks

A successful deal would create world's largest book publisher out of two of the 'big six' companies that dominate the industry.

The owners of Penguin and Random House are in talks about merging their publishing arms to create the world's biggest books publisher.

A merger would bring together two of the world's "big six" publishers to create a new powerhouse that would publish 25% of all books sold in the UK.

A Pearson spokesman confirmed the merger talks were active, but said the companies "have not reached agreement, and there is no certainty that the discussions will lead to a transaction".

Analysts have long predicted a further round of consolidation in the book trade, which is dominated by HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin. The industry has changed rapidly in recent years following the introduction of ebook readers and mass-market selling via supermarkets.

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Quercus Publishing appoint Executive Director, Group Sales & Marketing

Quercus Publishing, the independent publisher in the digital, trade, contract, paperback and children's sectors, has appointed Jane Harris as Executive Director, Group Sales & Marketing.

She will take up the role in January.

Ms Harris has been Sales and Trade Marketing Director of Walker Books for the past six years, and was previously UK Group Sales Director for HarperCollins Publishers.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

First Self-Publishing Summit planned for November in UK

Literary agents, publishing professionals and authors will make up a judging panel for the first Self-Publishing Summit, which will lead to an independent author winning a "traditional publishing deal" with New Generation Publishing.

The summit will take place on Saturday 24th November in King’s College London and will invite self-publishers to give elevator pitches for their books to a panel of judges made up of industry professionals such as Tibor Jones literary agency director Sophie Lambert, Legend Press managing director Tom Chalmers and sales and marketing director of the History Press Tim Davies.

The book which "best captures the imaginations" of the panel will be published and promoted by New Generation Publishing for free, according to Summit organisers Authoright and New Generation Publishing.
A spokesperson for the summit said: "The summit aims to demystify the publishing industry and champion self publishing as a welcome innovation for both authors and publishing professionals. It is a unique opportunity to bring together authors, self publishers, traditional publishers, literary agents, editors and book marketing companies under one roof."

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Headline Publishing Changes Announced

Headline Publishing Group's Martin Fletcher will leave his role as publisher at large in early November this year, in order to concentrate on freelance editing, writing and consultancy.

Fletcher has worked at Headline since 2001, having worked in publishing for close to 30 years, including seven years at Simon & Schuster, and four years as senior editor at Picador before that. He will continue to handle several projects for Headline in a freelance capacity, and intends to also work for other publishers, and expand his book review work.

At Headline, Fletcher has been responsible for authors and projects including Jo Brand's autobiographies, and fiction from authors including Harry Thompson, David Gibbins, Robert Ryan and Quintin Jardine.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Women's Prize For Fiction Announces Funding, Partnerships And Judges For 2013

For 2013, the Women's Prize For Fiction will be privately funded while headline sponsorship negotiations for 2014 and beyond are concluded. Funding has been provided in the form of gifts from companies and individual donors. Supporters include: Bilbary, Bob & Co, Richard & Elena Bridges, Cherie Blair, Christopher Foyle, Jill Green, Martha Lane Fox, Lansons Communications, Joanna Trollope, Sue Woodford-Hollick and others who wish to remain anonymous.

Read more: - Book Trade News - Women's Prize For Fiction Announces Funding, Partnerships And Judges For 2013

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Amazon e-lending scheme to launch in the UK

Amazon is to launch its controversial Kindle Owners' Lending Library in the UK from the end of October, offering Kindle-owning Amazon Prime customers access to more than 200,000 e-books for free.

The Lending Library allows Kindle users to download and read for free one title per month, but initially proved controversial in the US where Amazon launched the offer around e-books without seeking publishers' permission.

It was not immediately clear if traditional publishers in the UK had the choice to opt in or out. In the US, where the service launched a year ago, Amazon included books without separate publisher or author agreements, paying the wholesale price each time a book was 'borrowed'. In the US, despite the launch furore, it now has 180,000 e-books in the offer.

The announcements come on the eve of the launch of Barnes & Noble's Nook devices in stores and the roll-out of its UK website. Amazon said the Lending Library would also be launched in France and Germany, though did not specify a date.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Julian Assange Blamed For Canongate's Losses

Canongate, the Edinburgh-based publisher, has blamed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's "failure to deliver" the book he was contracted to produce for plunging into operating loss.

Accounts, which have just become available from Companies House, reveal Canongate tumbled to an operating loss of £368,467 in 2011, from a profit of £1.08 million at this level in 2010. Canongate acknowledged this was its worst performance "in many years". - Book Trade News - Julian Assange Blamed For Canongate's Losses

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Waterstones mocks ebooks with 'good bookshop' push

Waterstones will return to publishing original content in book form in November and a new free magazine to coincide with its 'good bookshop' brand campaign. - Book Trade News - Waterstones mocks ebooks with 'good bookshop' push

Monday, 8 October 2012

Fiction meets fact at CSI Portsmouth day - Portsmouth News

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Fiction meets fact at CSI Portsmouth day
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International best-selling crime author Pauline Rowson, whose Detective Inspector Andy Horton novels are set in the Solent area, will be joined by fellow authors Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves and Matt Hilton. Stephen Booth created Det Con Ben Cooper and ...

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