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.
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.
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.
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.
Jasmine Kirkbride is BookMachine’s new blogger and this is her second blog post. Jasmin is the Editorial Intern at Tenebris Books. She is a freelance editor and published author. You can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride.
Tweeps are panicking about the future of Twitter as, in recent months, its famous reverse-chronological timeline, has come under threat. Discussions are now underway on the possibility of introducing algorithmically curated timelines to sort the Tweet from the chaff – but is this really a good thing?
Readers of a certain age will likely hold near bottomless affection for the time travelling escapades of San Dimas High School metalheads William S. Preston Esq. and Theodore Logan, as chronicled in the films Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and various lesser spin-offs. Though a third film has long been (and is reputedly still) in the works, a more immediate sequel has been revealed as forthcoming: Bill & Ted are back in
Pog comic book form for a six issue run beginning in March 2015, entitled Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return.
In a lateral career move that makes sense as completely as fellow cultishly adored musician John Darnielle’s transition to novelist earlier this year, PJ Harvey is to release a collection of poetry in 2015.
Having already won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award earlier this year, Colin Barrett can now add another notch to his trophy cabinet after being presented with the Guardian First Book Award for his debut collection of short stories, Young Skins. The book takes this year’s prize ahead of Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane and Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan. Barrett joins an illustrious roster of previous winners, including Zadie Smith, Chris Ware and Yiyun Li.
This is a guest post from Donna Hutchinson. Donna is a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes’ MA Digital Publishing course. Since finishing the course, she has been working freelance for a number of projects including taking the lead on the social media marketing for the OPG’s publishing training courses.
Oxfordshire Publishing Group dinners are the place to be. They attract publishers from the largest publishers; OUP, T&F, Pearson; whilst including a healthy mix of CEOs of SMEs and freelancers. Plenty of food and wine gets consumed – and most importantly (for me!) they have resulted in the development of a new series of Publishing Training Courses.
This year’s British Book Design and Production Awards – supported by the the British Printing Industries Federation and, as the name suggests, paying as much attention to the form as the content of nominated books – were awarded last week, with the big winners publishers Thames & Hudson, who took home three awards: Book of the Year and Exhibition Catalogues for Richard Barnett’s compendium of medical illustrations The Sick Rose [pictured above] and Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education for OKIDO’s What’s Inside?
Judges said of The Sick Rose: ‘this beautifully crafted book held the judges’ attention and provoked our imagination like no other this year.’