BookMachine » News http://bookmachine.org Connecting Publishing Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:28:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Writers & Artists launches 2016 yearbook with #istartedhere http://bookmachine.org/2015/07/02/writers-artists-launches-2016-yearbook-with-istartedhere/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/07/02/writers-artists-launches-2016-yearbook-with-istartedhere/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:00:50 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10130 Today (2 July) sees the launch of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016, the latest instalment of the annual directory for writers, designers, illustrators and photographers. Published by Bloomsbury, the book contains 4,500 key industry listings, alongside information on copyright, finance, submitting a manuscript, e-publishing, self-publishing, agents, publishers, prizes and awards. New additions this year […]

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Towing the Line: Banned books and YA fiction http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/30/banned-books-and-ya-fiction/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/30/banned-books-and-ya-fiction/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:44:48 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10111 The Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), an arm of the American Library Association (ALA), recently released the list of the most banned books in the US during 2014. It’s an annual report, but what’s surprising is that, year upon year, these lists increasingly contain YA and Children’s titles. These challenges seem to be part of […]

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Mills & Boon teams with WHSmith and Kobo for competition http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/29/mills-boon-teams-with-whsmith-and-kobo-for-competition/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/29/mills-boon-teams-with-whsmith-and-kobo-for-competition/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:29:50 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10108 Doyenne of all romance publishers Mills & Boon has teamed with WHSmith and Kobo for Romance Writing Life, a competition that aims to find new romance authors (have I used the word ‘romance’ enough yet? Romance romance romance). Interested authors should submit a synopsis of no more than 500 words of their unpublished or self-published […]

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Nominees unveiled for 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/24/nominees-unveiled-for-2015-warwick-prize-for-writing/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/24/nominees-unveiled-for-2015-warwick-prize-for-writing/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:02:00 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10089 The longlist has been revealed for the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing, presented every two years by the University of Warwick to writing in English of any genre, form or nationality. Nominations come from staff, students and alumni of the university and of Australia’s Monash University (and, for the first time this year, publishers’ own […]

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German watershed for digital erotica http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/22/german-watershed-for-digital-erotica/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/22/german-watershed-for-digital-erotica/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:37:55 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10075 In a move that defies every NSFW comic stereotype, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association has been told by the country’s Youth Protection Authority that all digital publications aimed at an adult audience can now only be sold between the hours of 10pm and 6am, effectively instating a watershed comparable to the transmission of adult […]

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Jim Crace wins International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/18/jim-crace-wins-international-impac-dublin-literary-award/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/18/jim-crace-wins-international-impac-dublin-literary-award/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:39:09 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10055 This year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been presented to Harvest by English author Jim Crace. Sponsored solely by the city of Dublin, the prize is the world’s largest presented to a single work of fiction, valued at €100,000. It is open to authors of any nationality and novels written in any language so long as […]

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Walter Scott Prize goes to John Spurling http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/15/walter-scott-prize-goes-to-john-spurling/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/15/walter-scott-prize-goes-to-john-spurling/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:45:04 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=10044 The Borders Book Festival has this year awarded its annual Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction to John Spurling for his novel The Ten Thousand Things, which tells the story of 14th century Chinese painter Wang Meng. Spurling took the £25,000 prize over work from Martin Amis (The Zone of Interest), Helen Dunmore (The Lie), […]

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Chris Riddell named new Children’s Laureate http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/09/chris-riddell-named-new-childrens-laureate/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/09/chris-riddell-named-new-childrens-laureate/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 22:59:01 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=9977 Illustrator Chris Riddell has been named as the new Children’s Laureate, taking over from author Malorie Blackman, who has held the post since 2013. Awarded every two years and managed by Book Trust, the post celebrates outstanding achievement in the field of children’s books, and bestows upon the recipient a bursary of £15,000 and a […]

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Shortlists revealed for 2015 Forward Poetry Prizes http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/08/shortlists-revealed-for-2015-forward-poetry-prizes/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/06/08/shortlists-revealed-for-2015-forward-poetry-prizes/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:43:01 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=9958 The shortlists have been unveiled for this year’s Forward Poetry Prizes, commonly thought of as the Booker Prize of the poetry world. Prizes are awarded for best collection (£10,000), best first collection (£5,000) and best single poem (£1,000), with all nominees published in the UK and Ireland between October 2014 and September 2015. Nominated for […]

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2015 Orwell Prize for Books goes to James Meek http://bookmachine.org/2015/05/25/2015-orwell-prize-for-books-goes-to-james-meek/ http://bookmachine.org/2015/05/25/2015-orwell-prize-for-books-goes-to-james-meek/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 17:11:55 +0000 http://bookmachine.org/?p=9858 The Orwell Prize, given annually to the best in British political writing, has this year awarded its prize for books to novelist James Meek, for his non-fictional examination of the privatisation of UK public services, Private Island. The book is a collection of essays largely drawn from the pages of the London Review of Books, […]

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