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3 lessons writers can learn from the music industry

This is a guest blog from Christopher Russell, author of Mockstars, a music novel inspired by his international tour diaries for rock/pop band The Lightyears.

As someone who has spent over a decade in the trenches of the music industry, when I migrated into the book world last year I was delighted to find that everyone in publishing is spectacularly nice to one another. By contrast, rock ’n’ roll is rather less cuddly – and in fact it’s largely for this reason that I think it has prepared me well for life as an aspiring writer.

With this in mind, here are a few of the transferable lessons:

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Evie

On the digital learning platform from Blackwell’s

This is a guest post from Evie Prysor-Jones, Digital Publishing Executive, Blackwell’s Learning platform. (host of next month’s BookMachine London)

Blackwell’s Beginning

On New Year’s Day in 1879 Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened the doors to B.H. Blackwell’s, a 12-foot square bookshop on Broad Street in Oxford. On Tuesday 8th April 2014 Blackwell’s announced to the publishing industry that it was building a digital learning platform for students and academics, and on Monday 15th September 2014, we turned it on.

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PLS

Publisher Relations Administrator at PLS [JOB POSTING]

PLS was established and incorporated in 1981. The role of PLS is to manage collective licensing of copying from print and digital publications including books, journals, magazines and websites.  PLS is currently expanding its scope of activity to respond to publishers’ needs for more central management of their rights as appropriate.

Purpose of role
To clear for distribution the monies held in trust on non-mandating publisher accounts; primarily through researching, identifying, tracing and contacting publishers and inviting them to sign up.  You will work in a small project team reporting to, and working alongside, the Publisher Relations Executive as well as working closely with the Operations team to ensure that the appropriate payments are made.

For more information on this job please click here. To apply, email a CV with covering letter through to s.beynon@pls.org.uk

 

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Kim Gordon memoir gets release date, cover

Little over a year ago we reported that Kim Gordon – co-founder of Sonic Youth, visual artist, feminist hero – was to release a memoir with HarperCollins imprint It Books and… that was all we knew at that point. No title, no release date, no idea of the period covered, nothing. That’s changed this past week, with the release date confirmed as 24 February 2015 (almost exactly 30 years after the release of Sonic Youth’s second LP, Bad Moon Rising), and further details revealed about the book’s contents, including the title – Girl in a Band – and the below cover art.

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Laura Austin BookMachine

Inspiration for publishers in 4 cities

November 6. London, New York, Oxford and Brighton – Meet and collaborate with the most inspiring people in the publishing industry today.

A few people have asked, what’s with 4 events? Why on the same day?

We used to stagger events throughout the year, but have now realised that there’s a certain magic around the buzz of hosting them on the same day. From hosts being able to share tips to speakers in different cities realizing that they are part of the same event – it’s definitely a better way to do it.

This time we have some truly inspirational speakers involved, and are basing the event series around just that. Inspiration.

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Justine

5 Steps To Marketing Your Book Now

This is a guest post from Justine Schofield, Development Director, at Pubslush (sponsor of next month’s BookMachine NYC).

Grab your tickets for BookMachine NYC here.

 

In reality, if you’re still in the process of writing a book that you hope will one day reach a widespread audience, you’re not quite at the point where you should be marketing your book. You are, however, most certainly at the point where you should be marketing yourself as an author.

What do I mean by marketing yourself as an author? You should be building your author platform, which includes finding, engaging and building connections with your audience. Here are 5 steps that will help you do just that and, before you know it, you’ll be marketing your book to the people who actually want to read it. Sounds like a good plan, right?

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Women lead the field in 2014 Saltire Award shortlists

The shortlists for this year’s Saltire Literary Awards – widely held to be among the most prestigious literary prizes in Scotland – were revealed this past weekend as part of the annual Wigtown Book Festival, with women leading the field for the Literary Book of the Year. Five of that category’s six nominees are female: A L Kennedy (All the Rage), Anne Donovan (Gone Are the Leaves), Sally Magnusson (Where Memories Go), Rona Munro (The James Plays) and Booker nominee Ali Smith (How to Be Good), with the lone man Martin MacIntyre (Cala Bendita ‘S aBheannachdan).

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