Publishing Round-Up: 1st February 2016.

Nick Barley announced as keynote speaker for inaugural SYP Scotland conference

It was announced today (Monday Feb 1st) that Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Director Nick Barley is to be the keynote speaker of the inaugural SYP Scotland conference 2020: A Publishing Odyssey.

Nick promises to deliver “a rallying call to publishers, authors, editors, agents and readers to make the most of the amazing opportunities Scotland offers.”

SYP Scotland co-chair Rosie Howie said: “It is a real honour to have Nick Barley confirmed as the Keynote for the Society of Young Publishers’ first ever Scottish conference. We aim to showcase the best of Scottish publishing on the day and are thrilled to have Nick kicking things off in style as Keynote.”

SYP UK Chair Zara Markland said: “Nick is the ideal Keynote for such a showcase and along with several other inspirational guests already confirmed the SYP conference in Scotland should definitely be in your calendar, if it’s not already!”

Make sure it’s in your calendar by grabbing a ticket HERE now.


Laura Nicol and Jaz Lacey-Campbell shortlisted for PPC Awards

‘The Publisher’s Publicity Circle has announced the shortlist for the PPC Annual Awards, given for the best campaigns carried out by publicists in 2015.

Congratulations to Black & White Publishing’s Press Officer Laura Nicol who has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ for her work on the publicity campaign of Did I Mention I Love You? By Estelle Maskame.

Congratulations too to Jaz Lacey-Campbell of Canongate Books who is on the shortlist for the PPC Award for Hardback Non-Fiction for her work on the campaign for Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.’

Read more about the awards here.


Strident and Olida reach agreement on integration of lists

‘Strident Publishing and Olida announced that they have agreed terms that will enable Olida’s authors to integrate their titles into Strident Publishing‘s list.

Olida and Strident’s lists both comprise adult and children’s fiction, as well as some non-fiction titles. BookSource will distribute all of the titles on the combined list, with the integration process expected to begin shortly.’

Read more about the integration here.

Aye Write! programme launched

Glasgow literary festival Aye Write! has launched its programme for 2016 covering dates 10-20 March.

Authors attending include Mervyn King, Joan Bakewell, Limmy, George Monbiot, Kate Tempest, Phil Redmond, Rev Richard Coles, Janet Ellis, Alexei Sayle, Frances Quinn, A.C. Grayling, Irma Kurtz, Irvine Welsh, Maggie O’Farrell, Jon Ronson and many more.

Click HERE for the full programme.


Scottish Book Trust announce 2016 New Writers Awardees

The Scottish Book Trust have announced the 2016 New Writers Awardees.Each of the 11 recipients will receive a £2,000 cash award and support tailored to their needs including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to show their work to publishers and agents. The awards also include a week-long retreat at Cove Park.

The full list of the 2016 New Writers Awardees is as follows:

Fiction & Narrative Non Fiction: Greg Whelan, Iain Bain, Karen Ashe, Sarah Urwin Jones, Victoria MacKenzie

Poetry: Jen Cooper, Louise Peterkin, Rachel Plummer, Children’s and Young Adult Fiction, P.M. Freestone, Robert McGinty

Callan Gordon Award: Karyn Dougan

Read more about the awards here.

The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year Award

‘The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, has been crowned the surprise winner of the £30,000 2015 Costa Book of the Year: the first children’s book to claim the prize in more than a decade.

The winner was announced by broadcaster Penny Smith at an awards ceremony at Quaglino’s in central London on 26th January, fighting off competition from winning books across Costa’s four other award categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography and Poetry.

Hardinge’s The Lie Tree, unfancied by the bookies, is the first children’s book to have won the award since Philip Pullman took the prize for his third novel in the Dark Materials trilogy The Amber Spyglass in 2001.’

Read more about the prize here.

‘Changed retail landscape’ pushed sales growth in 2015

‘A revitalised bricks and mortar offer, new routes to readers and healthy exports are among the key elements that combined to create “a new landscape” for the trade in 2015, with publishers saying last year’s market growth is sustainable—despite a drop in digital sales.

As we have revealed over our Review of the Year features, the print market soared last year by 6.6% by value (through Nielsen BookScan’s 52 weeks; 8.4% if adding its extra 53rd week). In our look at publishers’ print performances this issue (pp20–25), we see that the groups at the top, and particularly middle, of the table have on the whole had very good years.’

Read more about the Bookseller’s review here.

Orion closes e-only imprint The Murder Room

Orion has decided to close its e-only vintage crime imprint The Murder Room, resulting in the redundancy of its publisher, Julia Silk.

The closure means Silk, publisher for the list, will leave at the end of this month following a decade in editorial roles at Orion.

The Murder Room launched at Scottish crime festival Bloody Scotland in September 2012, complete with 115 newly acquired e-books and 25 titles from Orion’s existing Crime Masterworks list, with the intention of growing to 1,400 titles by 2014.



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