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2015 Folio Prize shortlist revealed

The Folio Prize – open to English-language fiction of any genre, form or country of origin – has announced the shortlist for its second year. The eight nominees for the sophomore award are: 10:04 by Ben Lerner; All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews; Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill; Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor; Family Life by Akhil Sharma; How to Be Both by Ali Smith; Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín; and Outline by Rachel Cusk. Those eight were whittled down from a longlist of 80.

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Mills & Boon

Making Love: What the Mills & Boon archive reveals about publishing relationships

This is a guest post from Abigail Barclay, Managing Consultant at Inspired Selection. Abigail is recruiting for a range of roles in professional publishing as well as managing a team of recruitment consultants.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we are all eager to learn some lessons in love and what better classroom for this than the Galley Club’s Mills & Boon talk delivered by the fabulous Judith Watts. Roars of laughter, chinks of wine glasses and plenty of provocative images filled the room as we, the attentive students, took notes to learn how to romance our publishing brands.

Lesson One: Cherish Your Brand

The Mills & Boon brand is a strong one, recognisable for a very particular genre of story and cherished among a specific group of readers. The stories deliver exactly what you hope for, indeed requesting one of the ‘Books in Brown’ from the newsagent (as lending libraries were in decline in the 1950s) would and could only end in an alpha male sweeping up a beautiful heroine *swoons*. Furthermore, as we heard later on, that alpha male could also be relied upon to be tall, dark, handsome and best of all… silent, or with very few words!!

Trying to be all things to all people can dilute a brand and can mean that you are front of mind to no particular audience. This is the first of our lessons in love, to fall back in love with our brand every day and keep focused on why it is special.

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Publicity Manager Job

PR and Publicity Manager [JOB POSTING]

Working with one of the most ground-breaking independent book publishers in the UK, this is a chance for an energetic professional to make their mark and help shape a fast growing business.

Coinciding with an exciting period of growth and diversification and managing a significant overall budget, the scope of the role includes:

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Emerging authors

One Big Book Launch opens for submissions from emerging authors

Collaborative book launch initiative is back for another year

It’s an important day today as submissions are now open to find outstanding authors for One Big Book Launch, the event that gives ten emerging authors the opportunity to launch their books to an audience of over two hundred readers and press.

After attending last year and witnessing ten talented authors from Egmont, Bloomsbury, No Exit Press, and a number of independents; BookMachine are delighted to be supporting the event in 2015, and discovering new authors writing on the theme of ‘Inspiring People and Places’.

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AI Authors: Who owns the rights to the future?

This is a guest post from Jasmin Kirkbride. Jasmin is a regular blogger for BookMachine and Editorial Assistant at Periscope Books (part of Garnet Publishing). She is also a published author and you can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride

We need to talk about AIs, algorithms and Rights. Over the next decade or two these issues are only going to become more prominent and will likely become major concerns for the Publishing industry.

AI authors – fact, not fiction!

On Thursday, Publishing Perspectives posted an article on possibility that AIs will soon writing our books for us.

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Literary spinsters

Valentine’s Day is Over: Celebrating the Literary Spinster

This is a guest post from Gayle Lazda. Gayle is a bookseller and visual merchandiser at the London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury. You can follow the shop on Twitter and Instagram.

If you spend a lot of time in the London Review Bookshop in the days leading up to February 14th, you could be forgiven for forgetting the significance of that date. If we’re not ignoring Valentine’s Day entirely, we’re wilfully misunderstanding it. So with that in mind, I won’t be recommending any of your happily-ever-after, ‘til-death-do-us-part love stories this Valentine’s Day, and instead invite you to appreciate the quietly wonderful world of the literary spinster.

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Questions raised – and rebutted – about new Harper Lee novel

As you’ve no doubt heard about, got tired of, called 2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds along with the rest of the internet then got tired of calling 2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds, Harper Lee is set to release a second novel this summer, 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird.  On July 14 (happy Bastille Day!) HarperCollins (and William Heinemann in the UK) will publish Go Set a Watchman – an unpublished work Lee set aside 60 years ago to focus on Mockingbird, which will focus on the earlier book’s semi-autobiographical child protagonist Scout as an adult.

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Killer Reads reveals titles acquired from open submission

Last summer we reported that HarperCollins was to relaunch its Killer Reads online community as a digital-first crime and thriller list, and that its initial wave of releases would be discovered via a week of open submissions. Now, with its first publication date of February 19th little over a fortnight away, the imprint has revealed the first three titles it has bought from those submissions, along with three additional titles submitted via literary agents.

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Something happenin’ at The London Book Fair

If you’ve been following BookMachine for a while, you’ll know there’s an annual BookMachine event at The London Book Fair each year.

Last year over 400 people signed up … it was an amazing opportunity for publishers, exhibitors, authors and tech-types to meet up in an informal environment.

This year we’ll be partnering with The London Book Fair again, and everyone who signs up to the BookMachine event will get free entry to the Fair.

For a free drink (for early-birds only), and entry to the exhibition (for all 3 days) – sign up to the BookMachine mailing list and we’ll be updating you very shortly.

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