Publishing focuses on Chinese market for BIBF

The Chinese book market continues to generate much interest amongst IPR members and with the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) only weeks away these conversation are inevitably becoming more and more frequent.

Even with economic changes, it remains a huge marketplace and continues to court attention from a raft of international publishers. While the publishing industry has become stagnant in established western markets such as the US, UK and Germany, according to data collected by industry consultant Ruediger Wischenbart, the Chinese market grew 9 per cent in 2013 year-on-year. With more than 444,000 titles in 2013, publishing become a $12.4bn industry in China which, according to the China Publisher’s Yearbook, was the largest in the world after the US.

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Balancing Act: Keeping publishing’s polarities in check

Publishing is an industry that operates between polarities, constantly engaging a series of balancing acts that define the kinds of books we sell and the profit margins we make. But are there canaries in the cage that tell us when we’re veering too far one way or the other? Is it possible to tell when the balance is out of sync before we reach the tipping point? And has the digital revolution of the past few years changed that?

Walking the tightrope

“We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art,” said Ursula K. le Guin in July’s Portland Monthly. “Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit… is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.”

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Literary and Digital Consultant

On being a Literary and Digital Consultant: Philippa Donovan interview

Philippa Donovan is an experienced Literary and Digital Consultant, who has been running Smart Quill Editorial for over 4 years. Here Norah Myers interviews Philipppa about how she works with author, and in particular how she works with Unbound.

1. Please introduce yourself and give us an overview of your work as an editorial consultant.

My name is Philippa, and my consultancy is called Smart Quill. I set it up in 2011 so I could have closer conversations with authors about what they needed from the publishing process. Different stories take different forms, especially in the digital age, and I wanted to support this. I offer “bespoke author services” – structural edits, copyediting, agent recommendation, writing tips and books reviews via my YouTube channel. I have just moved to LA to enable screenplay review with hollywood experts, and am aiming to connect up UK and Australian writers with tv and film executives here – there is a huge demand for original IP, so I’m helping to widen the net!

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Business Administrator [JOB POSTING]

Book Industry Communication Ltd is recruiting for a part-time Business Administrator on a permanent basis to start work with us ASAP.

Job Title: Business Administrator
Reports to: BIC’s Business Manager
Location: London, UK
Term: Part-time, permanent

Are you looking for a part-time job within the book industry on a permanent basis? If so, this job could be for you.

BIC is recruiting for a Business Administrator to assist the Business Manager in all areas of administration (including office management) that is associated with the running of BIC.

The position will be for 12 hours per week (3 hours per day, 4 days per week – preferably from 1-4pm).

For more information about this job and what it involves, please read the full job profile or visit our website: BIC’s Employment Page.

Interested? Apply with a CV and covering letter to Alaina-Marie Bassett:

Please note: all applications must be received by Friday 28th August 2015.

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Trends in Publishing

BIC’s New Trends in Publishing Seminar 2015 [EVENT]

Having spent just over a year in my position as Business Manager at Book Industry Communication, it’s pleasing to find that conversation within the book industry remains as lively and stimulating as ever.

At BIC, we want to help shape debate; debate generates ideas and ideas lead to progress. The book industry, as it currently stands, is arguably still in a transitional phase and is, as a result, frequently changing. These transitional periods are bound to throw up challenges and also opportunities – for people new to the industry and old-hands alike – as one wave of ideas is superseded by another. So if, like me, you’re hoping to keep abreast of everything going on in the book industry of late, we have an event for you to help inform you about some of the latest trends out there.

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On launching an independent press: Jamie McGarry interview

Valley Press is an independent publisher of poetry, non-fiction and fiction, founded in 2008, and run as a full-time business since January 2011. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry about setting up a new press and how it all came about.

1. Tell us the story of how Valley Press came about.

The short version: after an unsuccessful attempt to become a Primary School teacher, I fell into an English Literature degree, and then realised this was not a subject that was going to make me highly employable. I had been making books of various kinds since the age of 6, so decided to start doing that a bit more purposefully, to enhance my CV – using the name Valley Press, as I lived on Valley Road at that time. It was the summer of 2008.

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social media manager

Tips on working as a social media manager: Maya Ninel Robert interview

Maya Ninel Robert is the Social Producer for Mashable in the UK. Previously to this she worked for the publisher, Pan Macmillan. Here Norah Myers interviews Maya about her great job, and about working with social media.

1. Please take us through a ‘day in the life’ in your work as a social media manager.

In any one day, I’ll start by looking at what’s currently being shared and talked about on various social media platforms, looking out for trending conversations and comparing our content’s performance. A large bulk of my job is scheduling out our own content on our platforms, and seeing through a strategy that I have developed. I’m constantly on the look-out to identify gaps in the market, too, and relaying that back to my team. I work very analytically, so a lot of my day is spent testing content and reporting back useful data to my team or outlying a strategy I think would benefit our community.

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Reading For Pleasure

Reading For Pleasure Builds Empathy And Improves Well Being, New Research Finds

A recent report, carried out by The Reading Agency shows a positive correlation between reading for pleasure and increased empathy and improved relationships with others.

The report, entitled ‘The impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment’ surveys research from a range of age groups and as a result finds a number of benefits. These include improved social capital for children, young people and the general adult population; better parent-child communication and reduction of depression and dementia symptoms among adults.

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Editor and Publicist

On being an editor and publicist: Sam Eades interview

Sam Eades spent eight years as a publicist working for Transworld, Headline and Pan Macmillan on authors including Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Jessie Burton and Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). She is now Senior Commissioning Editor & Associate Publicist at Orion Fiction. She is looking for crime fiction, speculative fiction and reading group fiction for commercial and literary/commercial crossover markets. Here Norah Myers interviews Sam about her work as an editor and publicist.

1. How do you organise your time as both an editor and publicist?

It is very much a 50/50 split so each day varies from the next. I might be pitching an author for interviews or setting up their tour one minute, and the next I’m out meeting agents talking through the kind of books I want to commission. No two days are the same (which I love!).

2. How does your work as a publicist inform your work as an editor?

Publicists have a great overall view of the book market. We sound out the competition early for similar titles we are working on, spot trends in publishing which we can use to our advantage to position our own books, we see what books share review space, which ones are getting social media buzz, who we can pair authors up with for events etc etc. Plus journalists will share with us what they are reading. We also (mass generalization) are a generous bunch, and read books from our friends at other publishing houses and hear what they are excited about working on. This knowledge of the market is very useful when it comes to commissioning!

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