Publishing Round Up: 8th May 2017

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Sunday Times Rich List

For the first time, three children’s authors have featured on the Sunday Times Rich List. Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Adam Hargreaves and family (inheritors of the estate of Rogers Hargreaves, the creator of the Mr Men books) have all been included on the Authors section of the list, covering wealth in 2016. The annual list features the top 1000 wealthiest in the UK.

Read more here.

Riverrun secures Irish crime debutolivia 192x181

in six-figure pre-empt 

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan (right) was acquired along with a second book in a six-figure pre-empt by Riverrun, and imprint of Quercus.


Kiernan is an Irish writer and blogger living in the UK. She has a BSc in Chiropractic and an MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Sussex. Her writing has been longlisted for the International Fish Short Story competition, Bath Short Story Competition, the Bath Children’s Novel Competition, shortlisted and longlisted for the BBC’s Class Dismissed Script Writing competition 2015 and 2016.

Read more here.

Rounding Out the Books of the Yearlogo

Bookseller publishes list of stories behind this year’s shortlisted books for the British book awards.

Read more here.

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for New Writers 2018

The Scottish Book Trust’s grant for New Writers has opened for applications.

Awardees receive:

  • A £2,000 cash award, allowing them to focus on their work
  • Tailored personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals.
  • Training in PR, performance and presentation training
  • The opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents.
  • A week long retreat offering time, space and the freedom to create new work in idyllic surroundings.

The applications are open until the 5th July 2017

See the full list here.


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