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.

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Publishing Round Up: 1st May 2017

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Director Davinder Samrai highlights ‘business as usual’ after co-founder leaves. Mr Samrai noted that Robbie Guillory has returned to Freight to handle operations and strategy, following Freight co-founder Adrian Searle’s decision to leave the business, citing ‘irreconcilable differences over strategic direction.’ Rights to contracted titles continue to be handled by Fiona Brownlee, of Brownlee-Donald Associates.

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Publishing Round Up: 24th April 2017.

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the Living Wage  

PRH have announced that they are moving to pay work experience placements the national living wage (£262.50/week), along with assisting with subsidized accommodation alongside The Book Trade Charity, to help non-Londoners. The changes were announced in a bid to make publishing more accessible.

Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK, believes the measures will encourage greater diversity within the industry.

He said: “At Penguin Random House we want to be open to the very best talent, regardless of background. We also believe it is vitally important that the publishing industry reflects the society we live in today.

“But we recognise that only covering expenses for work experience has been a barrier for many young people in the past.

“Through meaningful and paid work experience, we hope to open the door to the next generation of passionate and creative young people, helping them to establish their careers, and develop a skilled pipeline of future talent.”


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