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A new collection of short stories featuring works from 18 well-known authors is bypassing print and going straight to audiobook. Could this be a sign of things to come?

Last week, figures from Nielsen Bookscan...

It has happened at last! Finally, the literary world is a meritocracy! Crime fiction - which I first became aware of as the Best Genre Ever when I read my first Enid Blyton mystery at six years old - is now officially the UK's bestselling genre.

For years, crime fiction titles have topped the bestseller lists and library lending tables. That sales of the genre have now overtaken general fiction, as revealed at the London Book Fair last week, comes as no surprise to its readers, practitioners, critics and industry professionals.

Commentary: 'The good guys mostly win' 16 April 2018

‘When times are stressful and it looks like the bad is winning out over the good, along comes the genre of crime novels to put the balance back in life. People inherently don't like folks who do bad to get away with it. In real life they do all the time, because of a variety of factors. But in...

Whats new: 9 April 2018 - What's new 9 April 2018
  • 'The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it?
News Review: London Book Fair buoyant 9 April 2018

This week's London Book Fair has been a buzzy and optimistic occasion, as publishers from around the world gathered to sell rights to the international market. Second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair...

Everyone knows that writers mine characters, details, and events from their own lives. After all, how could anyone avoid it? (See also the fact that every AWP, you are sure to spot at least one person wearing some version of this shockingly clever t-shirt.) But sometimes those borrowed details...

The romance genre is a juggernaut that continues unabated.

It's a billion-dollar industry that outperforms all other book genres, and it's remarkably innovative, with a strong tradition of independent and self-publishing.

When I first saw the #MisandryInPublishing hashtag, I assumed it was a joke. How could anyone actually believe that there is a bias against men in an industry that has historically prioritised the work of men, and paid them more for it? How?

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages, making it the most translated African novel. But almost 60 years after it was first published, there is no authoritative translation into Igbo, Achebe's mother tongue. An equivalent instance would be if Conrad's Heart...

Link: Indie Authors Talk Editors 9 April 2018

Indie authors all agree: hiring an editor to work on your manuscript is one of the best and most necessary investments an author can make. Editing takes both time and money and can encompass anything from a substantiative (i.e.

In his opening keynote at the London Book Fair's pre-conference, Quantum event, Tom Goodwin, head of innovation for Zenith Media, spoke about publishing in what he dubbed "the mid-digital age," the current "interim" period "before things get amazing," when our technology is still too complex-and...

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