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Judy Blume’s first adult novel in 17 years coming in 2015

Judy Blume is primarily known for her beloved novels for young people but she has also written for adults throughout her long career, most recently 1998’s coming of age tale Summer Sisters. In the 16 years since, Blume has maintained a fairly relaxed work rate – editing a collection of short stories by authors censored in the USA (1999), a fourth entry in her Fudge series of children’s books (2002), a couple of picture books (2007, 2008). Next year, however, she is set to reemerge with a new novel for older readers, one based around a mysterious series of plane crashes that took place in the same New Jersey town over a three month period in the early 1950s.

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Why Is Video Conferencing Good For Business?

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Any business can benefit from video conferencing. Rather than the traditional setup of meetings and consultations involving plane trips,long drives, and hotel expenses, videoconferencing opens up a business’s possibilities from the limits of their office location to the rest of the world. There are several reasons to enlist the services of a videoconferencing provider like Blue Jeans; here are just a few of the many benefits you can experience:

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50 Book Challenge for 2015?

This is a guest blog from Stacey Croft. Stacey blogs about books on Pretty Books (on WordPress & Tumblr) and works as a Marketing Executive in children’s book publishing. She loves taking photographs of books, exploring London and visiting new bookshops and coffee shops. You can find her at @theprettybooks

You’ve probably come across the BBC’s Top 100 Books, but on social media, people have been getting creative and making their own lists. I discovered the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal and LibraryThing in 2009 and in 2010, I brought it over to Tumblr, where I’ve been running it over on Pretty Books ever since. Laura stumbled across my blog and invited me to talk a little bit about the challenge.

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Kobo releases figures to shame you into finishing The Goldfinch

Though online activity may offer the illusion of anonymity and impermanence – of a malleable realm where we can throw caution to the Vonnegut and not care how careful we are about who we pretend to be – everything leaves a footprint, as anyone who’s ever requested their tweet archive has no doubt discovered to their chagrin. Now, with the advent of e-readers, you can’t even do a simple thing like lie about having finished Infinite Jest or skipped merrily through Ulysses in under a week without cold digital evidence to contradict your claims: Kobo has released figures illustrating which books downloaded by British readers this year most often went unfinished.

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Hachette partners with Gumroad to sell books through Twitter

For the past few months, e-commerce platform Gumroad has worked in partnership with Twitter to allow users of the social network to buy products without leaving the site. Sellers can embed a ‘buy’ button in tweets, allowing customers to buy directly from them with a single click safe in the knowledge that Twitter now has easy access to their home addresses and credit card details.

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Survey reveals industry-wide pay disparity in publishing

Later today (16/12) the House of Commons will vote on a bill brought forward by Labour MP Sarah Champion that would make the need for large companies to reveal the disparities in their workers’ salaries legally binding. If passed, the bill could make for some uncomfortable publicity for publishing firms in particular, with a recent survey carried out by independent careers consultancy Bookcareers.com suggesting industry-wide failures on the gender wage gap and the disparity between entry level and salary average pay.

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Design an image [COMPETITION]

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Everyone we know is either super frantically busy with end of year deadlines or twiddling their thumbs, nursing hangovers and waiting for that last day of work to arrive. There are those who fall somewhere in-between of course, and this competition is aimed at all of you. Well, all of you with design talent.

On your BookMachine.me profile you’ve got a cover image a bit like on Facebook, but they are the same for all profiles. (see this one designed by HLStudios after our 2013 competition). If you have a promoted profile, you can change the image, otherwise they are set for all users.

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How to pick the best cover image ever

This is a guest blog post from Stacie Vander Pol. Stacie is a marketing entrepreneur with nearly 10 years of dedication to self-publishing. Through her experience publishing hundreds of titles, she knows first-hand that the key to a successful book is more than great writing; it’s also great marketing. Stacie’s passion to support self-published authors was the inspiration behind her latest endeavor, CoverDesignStudio.com.

Do you know the fastest way to connect with potential readers? Your book cover image. That’s because we connect with pictures faster and more easily than we do with words, which makes images ideal for attracting instant attention. Images are so effective, you rarely see a book without one.

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Sara Donaldson - Freelance

5 tips to break the freelance famine

This is a guest blog from Sara Donaldson. Sara is a freelance editor with an eye for a mystery. When not editing a range of projects (mostly non-fiction) she can be found with her Sherlock hat on as a professional genealogist. You can find her on Twitter @psychodwarf

No matter how hard a freelancer likes to pretend that they have a full schedule – all of the time – for many freelancers there are times when there is no work coming in. It may be because a project has unexpectedly failed, it may be because work naturally comes in waves (imagine the rush to get stuff out for Christmas, then nothing in January), or it may be that there is just no work coming their way. Sometimes it’s all down to lack of marketing and ‘getting yourself out there’ but sometimes it’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Whatever the reason, at some point, even the most in demand freelancer will find themselves twiddling their thumbs and looking at a blank slot in their diary.

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