Publishing Round-Up: 16th November 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 12.35.18The SYP Scotland committee is excited to announce our first ever conference!

2020: A Publishing Odyssey will take place in Edinburgh on Friday 18th March 2016.

The three break-out strands will include:

The Hunger Games: Hunting for Publishing Jobs
A Tale for the Time Being: Publishing Now
Divergent: Where is it All Going?

Early-bird tickets are available NOW on Eventbrite so grab them while you can!

Early-bird for SYP members: £24
Early-bird for non-members: £28
Early-bird for non-members plus one year SYP membership: £38

Find more info on the conference here.


Ali Smith, Galbraith and McEwan among 25 British authors on Impac longlist

The Silkworm by JK Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith and Ian McEwan’s The Children Act are among 25 British novels in the running for the world’s richest literary prize.

They feature on the International Impac Dublin Literary Award’s 2016 longlist, alongside BBC journalist Kirsty Wark’s debut The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.

Libraries in 118 cities around the world nominated 160 books.

The 100,000 euro (£71,300) prize winner will be announced on 9 June 2016.

See the full longlist on the BBC.

Waterstones reveals Book of the Year shortlist

The shortlist for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2015 has been revealed, featuring a list that would  “not have been produced by an algorithm,” the chain’s m.d. James Daunt has said.

The eight-strong selection nominated by Waterstones booksellers across the UK encompasses four novels, three non-fiction titles and one children’s book – the shortlist has been expanded from six to eight titles this year to encompass the “strength of publishing”.

Full shortlist:

SPQR by Mary Beard (Profile)
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Particular Books)
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Canongate)
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (William Heinemann)
The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks (Allen Lane)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador)

More about the award on the Waterstones site.

Closure of Faber Factory Plus

Faber is closing its Faber Factory Plus sales service for small independent publishers, taking the decision with “a heavy heart” after “ a difficult year last year.”

The publisher’s clients include companies such as Daunt Books publishing, Murdoch Books, Pavilion Books and Pushkin Press, among others. Factory Plus represent a number of independent Scottish publishers. Most publishers have been given six months’ notice to find new distribution and sales representation, but a Faber spoksperson added:  “Discussions are on-going with the publishers involved and we are honouring contracts that extend beyond May 2016.”

The publisher said it had endeavoured to keep the service in operation but the combination of publishers leaving Factory Plus and “ever changing market conditions” had made it “impossible to continue,” the company said.

Read more here.

Canongate gains sales director from Faber

Neal Price is joining Canongate as sales director on December 7th, following 11 years as sales director for Faber. Price will assume management of the UK, international and digital sales teams as well as the account handling of major UK accounts.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Canongate,” said Price. “Having, as part of the Independent Alliance, worked closely with the team over the years, I’ve always been hugely impressed by the level of creative energy, belief and expertise that goes into their publishing. For me to become part of the Canongate team is very exciting and I can’t wait to start.”

Read more on The Bookseller.

Penguin Random House re-launches #GiveaBook campaign

Penguin Random House has launched the 2015 edition of its#GiveaBook campaign, a social-media based initiative to promote books as gifts and give back to children in need during the holiday season. For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter between November 16 and December 24, PRH will donate one book to the literacy charity First Book (up to 35,000 times). In 2014, the debut campaign surpassed its initial goal of 25,000 #GiveaBook posts, which led the publisher to increase its commitment.

Read more here.

Ian Rankin urges book buyers to buy locally

INSPECTOR John Rebus creator Ian Rankin urged readers to keep using independent bookshops as he visited West Hampstead on Saturday Nov 14th.

The author was at West End Lane Books to sign copies of his latest crime thriller, Even Dogs in the Wild, the 20th instalment of his much-loved series.

Speaking to the New Journal, Mr Rankin, who has seen his Rebus character brought to life on TV by both John Hannah and Ken Stott, added that there was nothing quite like “the smell of a book” when you visit an independent seller.

“I grew up with small, independent book shops, and I remain a fan because you will find a range of titles you tend not to find anywhere else,” he said. “More than that, you find people who are passionate about books.

“In my local bookshop back in Edinburgh, I go in there and they say ‘Ian, you’re going to love this book’, and 100 per cent of the time they’re right.

“A good, knowledgeable bookseller is a gift to readers.”

Read more about Ian’s comments here.

Orenda Books signs tartan noir author Michael J Malone

Orenda Books has signed A Suitable Lie, an “extraordinary combination of domestic noir and crime thriller” by Scottish crime writer, Michael J. Malone. Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda, acquired World rights to the title.

Sullivan said: “I’ve known Michael for a long time, and admired his gritty thrillers, and dark, sassy writing. A Suitable Lie is a departure from his usual style and even genre, and it blew me away with its raw honesty, emotional heart and stunning, page-turning plot.”

Malone said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the fantastic list at Orenda. Karen Sullivan is a force for good in the world of publishing and I am so looking forward to working with her’

A Suitable Lie will be published in September 2016. Malone’s previous books are published by Five Leaves Publication and Saraband’s crime imprint Contraband.

More info here.

Sainsbury’s Christmas advert features classic children’s book character ‘Mog’

Sainsbury’s has released its flagship Christmas television advert featuring children’s author Judith Kerr’s Mog character at its heart, in a bid to raise funds for Save the Children’s literacy campaign.

The supermarket’s advert – 18 months in the planning and kept tightly underwraps– was aired for the first time on 12th November across ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky. It features an animation of much-loved children’s author Judith Kerr’s Mog character as the accident-prone cat’s Christmas turns into a “calamity” through a sequence of amusing and highly improbable events which occur on Christmas Eve.

The advert was directed by James Rouse and co-produced by both Sainsbury’s and HarperCollins Children’s Books, with Kerr also making a cameo appearance in the film.

To coincide with the advert, Kerr, who is 92-years-old, has written a book entitled Mog’s Christmas Calamity, which will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books and exclusively sold by Sainsbury’s.

Read more here.



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