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Plot and structure – a review and why it’s important

I wrote a book. Apparently it is quite good – now anyway. But I went about it without really knowing what to do, without any real understanding of what makes a book work. Imagine understanding how a car works in principle, but not knowing how the parts worked together. Well the same was true of writing. I could understand what ...

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Proofs coming to KDP

After a long wait authors will soon be able to order proof copies through the KDP paperback service. For more than a year you’ve been able to add a paperback version of your book  but crucially you couldn’t order proof or wholesale author copies making it less attractive than CreateSpace, also owned by Amazon. These options were supposed to be ...

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What does the demise of the Nook tell us?

The Nook, the Barnes and Noble e-reader is dead, sort of, maybe. What does this tell us about the state of the e-book market? The short answer is nothing, but the longer answer is slightly more interesting. First let’s remind ourselves about the Nook, this is Barnes and Noble’s e-Reader/modified Android tablet brand. In the UK they have a very ...

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Publishers Tackle Inclusivity

The good people at the Publishers Association have launched a initiative to tackle inclusivity within the industry. Publishing is far from the worst industry for this but the Publishers Association is determined that their members not rest on their laurels. In the most recent survey 49% of senior leadership roles within publishing are held by women which doesn’t look too ...

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£5k publishing deal up for grabs

If you’re putting the finishing touches to your latest thriller then this competition may be for you. The publishers Quercus have teamed up with Psychologies magazine to offer a publishing deal to one lucky aspiring novelist. This looks like a pretty good deal for an unpublished author, Quercus are home to the crime novelist Peter May, some bloke called Stieg ...

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Authors to debate the impact of design as a force for social change

Authors will debate Design as a Force of Social Change at a “unique” event hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing as part of London Design Week 2017. Called Design as a Force of Social Change, the discussion will discuss “design’s potential to change the world for good (or evil), and the responsibility of designers – both professional and amateur – to use ...

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Penguin bags brace in Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist

Penguin boasts two authors in the shortlist for the Man Booker Price 2017 shortlist. Ali Smith’s Autumn and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West have both been shortlisted and join Emily Fridlund’s A History of Wolves, Fiona Mozley’s Elmet, Paul Auster’s 4321 and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo. Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker three times and bagged the Baileys prize for How to Be Both. In his ...

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Reading on the cheap

You’ve probably read that we Brits like our Kindle books on the cheap, they say “the UK Kindle market is highly cost sensitive” but that amounts to the same thing. You might even have heard that almost half the Kindle books sold in the UK go for 99p or less. I suspect that I may account for more than my ...

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George Smiley is back in this week’s book previews

It’s set to be a big autumn for book lovers, with big releases from the likes of Robert Harris, Ken Follett, and Martina Cole. This week’s line-up, though, is by no means insignificant. First up is John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies. In what is sure to be a cracking read, le Carré’s latest marries past and present to ...

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