Nominees unveiled for 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing

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 submissions), with each able to nominate one piece of work on that year’s chosen theme. For 2015, said theme is instinct. The winner receives £25,000 and the chance of a short placement at the University of Warwick.

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German watershed for digital erotica

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 material on British television after 9pm. When submitting ebooks to digital stores, publishers will now be met with a metadata entry field asking them to specify if the book should be classified as being specifically for adults. If so, the title will only be visible on digital retail sites between the designated hours.

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Landing an agent and being an intern: Heather Van Fleet interview

Heather Van Fleet is a YA/NA author represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary. She is also an intern at BookFish Books. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Heather about her internship and love of writing.

1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background and career.

A little about myself, huh? Well, let’s see. I’m a wife, a mom, a YA/NA author represented by the fabulous Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary. I have an obsession (only SLIGHT ones) with coffee creamer, book boyfriends, The Walking Dead and Jamie from Outlander.

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Authorship versus content representation: What’s the way forward for equality?

Just over a week ago, author Kamila Shamsie spoke out publically, including in The Guardian and The Bookseller, proposing that 2018 should become the Year of Publishing Women (YPM), in order to help counterbalance the prevalent gender bias in Publishing towards male authors.

Why is YPW needed?

Much focus has been cast, especially in recent years, on literary prizes tending to favour male writers as winners. One of the most closely scrutinised prizes on this front has been the Man Booker Prize. Last year, it came under criticism once again when, on a longlist of 13 titles, only three were written by women. Though the Booker’s judging chairs are normally held by men, the panels themselves tend to be fairly evenly mixed between the genders. Yet, even an unbiased judging panel can only deal with the books submitted to them and that’s where the problem lies.

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Working in Publishing and Marketing: Samantha Missingham interview

Samantha Missingham is Head of Audience Development at Harper Collins Publishers. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Sam about her career so far, the impact of social media on publishing, and the various roles she has held.

1. Can you give my readers a brief overview of your career so far?

Sure. I’ve spent the vast amount of my career working in magazine publishing. I started at a very small company that published financial technology titles. I learned a huge amount working in a small business with a very entrepreneurial boss. He taught me a few simple but important things – everyone in the company should be able to answer the phone & give a decent answer to any question about the business, also, pretty much every call coming into a business is a sales opportunity – if you understand everything that you sell.

I then worked at Centaur on many of their B2B magazines, including Marketing Week, Creative Review and New Media Age. I launched their community site MAD.co.uk (for marketing, advertising & design professionals). This is where I learned about building audiences/communities and the various ways you can get people to pay for content. And yes I was MAD Marketing Manager for a while 😉

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Contracts Assistant [JOB POSTING]

Thames & Hudson is looking to recruit a self-motivated, hard-working and conscientious Contracts Assistant to join its Legal & Business Affairs department.

Reporting to our Contracts & Business Affairs Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the digital contracts archive serving every department of the company, drafting simple contracts, responding to reports of copyright infringement, researching and responding to requests for information and providing administrative support to our Legal & Business Affairs Department.

Essential attributes include:

Some publishing experience and a general knowledge of contracts and copyright
Energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail
Excellent organizational and communication skills
An interest in Thames & Hudson’s wide-ranging list

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Jim Crace wins International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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 an English translation is made available in the same calendar year as its original publication, and is post-dated by two years from date of publication (so all of this year’s nominees were published no later than 2013). Nominations come from public libraries around the world.

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Walter Scott Prize goes to John Spurling

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), Hermione Eyre (Viper Eye), Adam Foulds (In the Wolf’s Mouth), Damon Galgut (Arctic Summer) and Kamila Shamsie (A God in Every Stone). Those other nominees each receive £1,000.

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BookMachine Week, London – A photo/twitter blog

It’s BookMachine week and this time round the talks are on short form content and mobile reading. With events held across the UK and in Barcelona, it was London’s turn on night 2.

Our host, Evie Prysor-Jones, warmed up the room for speakers Louie Stowell and Sheila Bounford. Louie writes and edits books at Usborne and talked about her work on interactive serial fiction for Fiction Express. Sheila founded Off the Page Ideas and spoke of her involvement with the digital shorts, Newsweek Insights.

Here are some of the photos and tweets to sum up the night.

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