Publishing Round-Up: 7th March 2016.

Ross MacKeznie wins Scottish Children’s Book Awards & Blue Peter Book Awards

‘It’s been a great week for Ross MacKenzie, for The Nowhere Emporium and for Floris Books, the Edinburgh-based publisher. Children all over the country have had their say and voted in two separate awards for The Nowhere Emporium. On 3 March it was crowned with The Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2016. This came the day after it was announced as the winner of a Scottish Children’s Book Award!’

Read more about MacKenzie’s win here and here.



Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016

‘Simon Puttock, Ross MacKenzie and Danny Weston were announced as the winners of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards during a special ceremony on Wednesday 2 March at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, attended by nearly 1,000 children.

Scotland’s largest book prize for children’s authors and illustrators, with each winning book receiving £3,000, the Scottish Children’s Book Awards are run by Scottish Book Trust and supported by Creative Scotland through Regular Funding. They celebrate the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators and are voted for exclusively by children.

Nearly 30,000 votes were cast in this year’s awards, which are judged in three age categories – Bookbug Readers (3-7), Younger Readers (8-11) and Older Readers (12-16). Children across Scotland were encouraged to read the three shortlisted books in their age category and to vote for their favourite. A free copy of each of the three books in the Bookbug Category shortlist was gifted to every Primary 1 child as part of Book Week Scotland 2015.’

Read more about the award here.


Walter Scott Prize 2016 shortlist

Sandstone Press is the only Scottish publisher to have a book shortlisted in the Walter Scott Prize 2016.

‘The 2016 longlist is:

  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
  • Sweet Caress by William Boyd (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • A Petrol Scented Spring by Ajay Close (Sandstone Press)
  • A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
  • Dictator by Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
  • Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt (Scribner UK)
  • Death and Mr Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis (Jonathan Cape)
  • Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea (Scribe Publications)
  • End Games in Bordeaux by Allan Massie (Quartet Books)
  • Tightrope by Simon Mawer (Abacus)
  • Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss (Granta Books)
  • Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn (Vintage)
  • Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar (Picador)

The longlist announcement coincides with the appointment of two new judges, Jackie Kay and James Naughtie. A shortlist for the 2016 prize will be announced in March, and the winner is announced at the Borders Book Festival on 18 June.’

Read more about the prize here.

Darren Gate wins Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize 2016

‘Floris Books announced Glasgow-based designer Darren Gate as the winner of their third annual Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize at an awards ceremony held at Edinburgh’s Creative Exchange on Friday 26 February.

This year, the Kelpies Prize and the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize were paired up for the first time and entrants were challenged to design a book cover for Slugboy Saves The World by Mark Smith which won the Kelpies Prize 2015. The judges were impressed by Darren’s bright, colourful and fun design which showed a good awareness of the audience for the book.

Darren received a £250 cash prize, and will work with the Floris design team to produce the final cover for Mark Smith’s debut novel, which will be published in October 2016 under the Kelpies imprint.’

Read more about the prize here.


Jaz Lacey-Campbell wins PPC Award 2016

‘The winners of the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards 2016 were announced at a ceremony in London on 29 February. They recognised the best campaigns carried out by publicists in 2015.

Many congratulations to Jaz Lacey-Campbell of Canongate Books who won the Waterstone’s Award for Hardback Non-Fiction for her work on the campaign for Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.’

Read more about the prize here.

Atkinson-Pryce wins Scottish independent bookshop of the year

‘Relative newcomers, shops reinvigorated by new owners and an institution still innovating in its 70th year are among the regional winners of this year’s British Book Industry Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.

Atkinson-Pryce in Biggar was the Scotland winner, a region the South Lanarkshire business last won in 2013. Judges commended the staffers Sue Kekewich, Chris McCosh and Millie McCosh for constant reinvention that makes it the “ideal destination shop”.

The winners will vie for the overall Independent Bookshop of the Year prize, to be awarded at the British Book Industry Awards on 9th May in London. Gardners will award the winner with £5,000, to be put towards the running of their shop.’

Read more about the prize here.

Barrington Stoke win Alison Morrison Diversity Award at IPG Awards

Barrington Stoke m.d. Mairi Kidd accepted the Alison Morrison Diversity Award at the IPG Awards on March 3rd.

‘Children’s publisher Nosy Crow has been awarded the top honour of Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year at this year’s IPG Independent Publishers Awards.

Nosy Crow’s victory caps a “remarkable rise” for the company, which published its first books just over five years ago. Nosy Crow also won the IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year Award and the judges praised the company for its “terrific brand” and “impressive knowledge of its market”.

“It is a superb all-rounder and a resolutely independent publisher,” the judges said.’

Read more about the awards here.

Fiction Uncovered cancels 2016 prize, seeks sponsorship

‘The Fiction Uncovered literary prize will not run in 2016 as it seeks commercial sponsorship.

The prize, administered by the Literary Platform, which awards midlist British fiction writers, has been funded by the Arts Council England (ACE) since its inception in 2010 and by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for the last two years.

However, Sophie Rochester, director of the prize, told The Bookseller the prize did not apply for ACE funding this year because it intends to shift to a more commercially funded and sustainable model and broaden its remit.

She said: “We want to shift from the public-funded model to a commercially funded model is order to ensure the prize has a more sustainable future because that is the way it will move forward. It is more sustainable to have a commercial sponsor for a longer period of time,” she said. “We are in the process of investigating a new, commercial sponsor and are in conversations with two possibilities at the moment, but these things take quite a long time to finalise.”’

Read more about the prize here.

HachetteHachette Book Group buys Perseus

‘Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced plans to buy the publishing business of Perseus Books Group in the US, 18 months after an original acquisition deal fell through.

Perseus is owned by private equity firm Centre Lane Partners and has an office in London. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and the sale price was not disclosed.

The deal includes the sale of nine Perseus imprints – Basic, Public Affairs, Running Press, Avalon Travel, Seal Press, academic textbook publisher Westview Press, the Weinstein Books and Nation Books – comprising of around 6,000 titles. Perseus will now become a “major new publishing division” at HGB.

However, the deal does not include the sale of Perseus’ distribution arm, which distributes titles for many UK independent publishers. In the failed deal 18 months ago, Ingram Content Group would have acquired Perseus’s client service businesses, which provide sales, marketing, and distribution to hundreds of independent publishers, and taken over Constellation, Perseus’ digital management and distribution service, which has a deal with Faber Factory.’

Read more about the purchase here.


NookNook pulls out of UK

‘Nook is pulling out of the UK and transferring its UK customers to Sainsbury’s.

The e-reader and tablet company owned by American bookselling chain Barnes & Noble told customers it would stop trading in the UK, effective as of 15th March 2016, via a notice posted on its website last night (3rd March).

It read: “Effective from March 15, 2016, Nook will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The Nook Store on Nook devices sold in the UK, on the UK Nook Reading App for Android, and at will cease operation.”‘

Read more about the changes here.

Zoella WH Smith Book Club

WH Smith to launch book club with Zoella

‘WH Smith is launching an exclusive book club with author and YouTube vlogger Zoe Sugg, known as Zoella, this summer.

The book club aims to attract more young readers to books at WH Smith, although the titles recommended in the club will range across adults, children’s and young adult books, encompassing “all the books Zoella loves most”.

The YouTube star, who posts videos about beauty, fashion and lifestyle, will select the titles to feature in the promotion along with WH Smith staff.

Sugg, who has published Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour with Penguin, announced the new book club via a video to representatives of the UK publishing industry at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London this afternoon (2nd March).

WH Smith said it planned to have the book club “up and running by early this summer” and will launch with eight titles initially.’

Read more about the book club here.



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