Chris Riddell named new Children’s Laureate

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 silver medal. Riddell is the first illustrator to hold the post since Anthony Browne, who was Children’s Laureate from 2009 to 2011.

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MA in Publishing Studies

How Useful is the Profile Scholarship and MA in Publishing Studies?

This is a guest blog from Mia Olorunfemi. Mia studied the MA in Publishing Studies at City University London, carried out paid internships at Profile Books and Pearson, and now works in marketing and outreach for Hotcourses Ltd., a comprehensive online directory of courses and publisher of education research articles.

If you’re looking for a way to open doors to interesting opportunities and experiences in the publishing industry, carrying out the Masters course for it is a great way to do this. I was awarded the Profile scholarship for the 2012-2013 teaching year and it’s fair to say that I was overflowing completely with excitement when I heard that it was granted to me. I was gearing to learn more about the book publishing industry, and because I could not afford the course otherwise, the scholarship was essential to making this possible.

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Permission to talk about licensing…

When we talk about rights and licensing one of the most underestimated components in this sector are permissions. In many ways they are the unsung hero, the less ‘glamorous’ part of the licensing equation. Permissions are non-exclusive rights that tend to be lower-value for publishers. In contrast, subsidiary deals tend to be exclusive for a certain period of time and higher in value, therefore often taking top billing when it comes to headline grabbing deals. But that’s not to say permissions aren’t a valued and valuable revenue stream for a variety of publishers.

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One Big Book Launch is the solution

On Wednesday evening, 10 outstanding authors launched their novels at CompletelyNovel‘s ‘One Big Book Launch‘. The Free Word centre was heaving with literary folks and friends and family of the emerging authors – it was a great evening.

Some authors don’t like book launches. Anticipating who might come, and being centre of attention, just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. One Big Book Launch is the solution. Not only did CompletelyNovel and BookMachine promote the event extensively, but the authors presenting their eclectic mix of novels had a mixed and optimistic crowd who might never have stumbled upon their work before.

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Graeme Roberts

On being a writer: Graeme Roberts interview

Graeme Roberts is a journalist, writer, and PR professional. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him about social media, newspapers and print, and his love of writing.

1. Please introduce yourself and give us a bit of info about your career and career path.

My name is Graeme Roberts, 29, from Manchester, UK. I would describe myself first and foremost as a writer. It’s a fairly broad term but I think it’s the most apt. I currently work in public relations for a research and consulting company called GlobalData, which means I write, edit and interact with the media on a daily basis. Before that I was a journalist for Basketball Magazine and I still do some writing for my local club, Manchester Magic. I recently undertook some freelance work for Basketball England, the national governing body, reporting on a number of their finals events. Writing is what I most enjoy doing. I love words and I’m thankful that I’m able to do something creative every day.

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Lucy Houlden

On Publishing in the North: Lucy Houlden interview

Lucy Houlden is a Researcher/Editorial Assistant at Cobweb Info Ltd. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Lucy her interest in the publishing industry and her blog, Publishing in the North. You can follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyHoulden

1. Please introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about your background and your career so far.

Hello, I’m Lucy. I live way up north in lovely Durham, which is a great place for anyone who enjoys the essentials in life (tea and cake!). I come from Lincolnshire, but I moved up to Newcastle to study English Language and Literature, with a plan to pursue a career in publishing. Since then, I’ve picked up lots of different experience, including proof reading for a student newspaper, doing an internship with a literary magazine, starting up a company newsletter, doing work experience at Dorling Kindersley, and working in academic and business publishing. It’s been a very busy few years! However, everything is about to change once again, as I’m soon going to be moving into a new role in digital marketing.

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Writing from Experience: Creating Something Meaningful

Writing from experience

One of the first tips any experienced author will hand down to a budding scribe is: “write about what you know”. Letting your personal experience guide your writing is not only the easiest way to get words onto the page, but the best way to make your passages meaningful, insightful and highly engaging. Indeed, over the years some of the best writers in the world have used their own lives as the basis for both fiction and non-fiction classics and that’s something every aspiring artist should take note of.

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YA fiction

Ahead of the Curve: What RPG publishers have to teach the mainstream

This weekend saw one of Britain’s largest annual meetings of leisure games enthusiasts at the 2015 UK Games Expo in Birmingham. Amongst the 14,000 attendees (up 20% from last year) were some were some of the most successful Roleplaying Game (RPG) publishers in the industry, showing that this niche, with its many curious quirks, has a lot to teach the mainstream about publishing in the digital age.

What are RPGs?

There are many different kinds of RPG, but the ones which concern us here are tabletop and live action RPGs. In these games, players get together and take on characters, acting them out within a narrative lead by the Game Master (GM), who guides the party on adventures through their chosen setting. Games take place in sessions and can be one-offs or ongoing sagas.

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