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New Bill & Ted story to be published as comic in 2015

Readers of a certain age will likely hold near bottomless affection for the time travelling escapades of San Dimas High School metalheads William S. Preston Esq. and Theodore Logan, as chronicled in the films Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and various lesser spin-offs. Though a third film has long been (and is reputedly still) in the works, a more immediate sequel has been revealed as forthcoming: Bill & Ted are back in Pog comic book form for a six issue run beginning in March 2015, entitled Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return.

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Writing competition

4 Questions for TLAC Printing and Publishing

This is an interview with Unambiguous Edit, and Miraz Manji and Andrew Weiner of TLAC Printing and Publishing. Both groups are hosts of a writing contest, That’s Write!, in collaboration with BookMachine and Wildfire Studio.

1. Tell us a little about TLAC Printing and Publishing.

TLAC Toronto Printing & Publishing specializes in self-publishing solutions. Whether it is your first book, or your latest title, we work with any and every demographic of writer.

We’re focused on producing high quality soft cover books and providing additional services to help writers promote their masterpiece on social media.

Our company takes great pride in providing great customer service, and we’re the highest rated print and publish service provider on Google; our clients like us because we’re passionate about providing top-level service, and motivated by our desire to lead new writers towards reaching their goals.

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2014 Guardian First Book Award goes to Colin Barrett

Having already won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award earlier this year, Colin Barrett can now add another notch to his trophy cabinet after being presented with the Guardian First Book Award for his debut collection of short stories, Young Skins. The book takes this year’s prize ahead of Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane and Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan. Barrett joins an illustrious roster of previous winners, including Zadie Smith, Chris Ware and Yiyun Li.

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2014 British Book Design and Production Awards presented

the sick rose

This year’s British Book Design and Production Awards – supported by the the British Printing Industries Federation and, as the name suggests, paying as much attention to the form as the content of nominated books – were awarded last week, with the big winners publishers Thames & Hudson, who took home three awards: Book of the Year and Exhibition Catalogues for Richard Barnett’s compendium of medical illustrations The Sick Rose [pictured above] and Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education for OKIDO’s What’s Inside?

Judges said of The Sick Rose: ‘this beautifully crafted book held the judges’ attention and provoked our imagination like no other this year.’

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Belle and Sebastian co-founder Stuart David writing YA novels

It takes a lot of effort to be a die-hard Belle and Sebastian fan, what with all the myriad side projects and new endeavours undertaken by band members past and present: soundtracks to imaginary musicals followed five years later by an actual musical, tour diaries, collaborations with beings of pure gravel, excellently titled solo albums, stage shows, not to mention the assorted LPs, EPs and singles that make up the band’s core discography. Now, add a couple more items to the pile for completists: founding member Stuart David is set to release two YA novels.

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Publishing Training Courses

Publishing Training Courses in Oxford

This is a guest post from Donna Hutchinson. Donna is a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes’ MA Digital Publishing course.  Since finishing the course, she has been working freelance for a number of projects including taking the lead on the social media marketing for the OPG’s publishing training courses.

Oxfordshire Publishing Group dinners are the place to be. They attract publishers from the largest publishers; OUP, T&F, Pearson; whilst including a healthy mix of CEOs of SMEs and freelancers. Plenty of food and wine gets consumed – and most importantly (for me!) they have resulted in the development of a new series of Publishing Training Courses.

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Jasmine Kirkbride

Faking it: When book reviews go bad

Jasmine Kirkbride is BookMachine’s new blogger and this is her first blog post. Jasmin is the Editorial Intern at Tenebris Books. She is a freelance editor and published author.  You can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride.

At the FutureBook Conference 2014, Orna Ross presented a Big Idea to publishing: the new Ethical Author code from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).  A week later, it was the theme of #FutureChat, where it became apparent that some of the biggest ethical quandaries for authors concern review practices.

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Let the YouGov profiler do your market research for you

If you’ve been on Twitter at any point since the weekend, chances are that you’ve come across the YouGov profiler, a jolly little plaything/terrifying cross-section of all the privacies we wilfully surrender that allows users to input the name of ‘any brand, person or thing’ then presents them with a picture of a typical fan of said brand, person or thing courtesy of the titular market research firm. It’s by no means exhaustive (apparently there weren’t enough fans of Yo La Tengo to constitute an appropriate sample size, which is of course just how Yo La Tengo fans like it) but it’s certainly an enjoyable way to pass a few minutes confirming your existing prejudices engaging in some low-level market research. With the profiler’s help, then, BookMachine proudly (?) presents a guide to the demographics you need to pitch to if you want to make it big in publishing [puts feet up on desk, taps out cigar ash].

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