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Publishers, We Need to Talk

There are very few things in life that make my blood boil more than someone tearing down the industry I work in with false accusations of collusion, underhandedness, and evil doing. So when I see a headline like ‘Why Book Publishers Hate Authors‘ in the Huffington Post, it’s all I can do to stop myself from going into a blind rage and throwing my computer into the ocean, finding the nearest rocket, and blasting myself into the face of the sun. Because what the hell, guys.

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National Book Award nominations announced

Potentially ending our long national nightmare of not having heard Lorraine Kelly read aloud from Fifty Shades of Grey, the nominees have been revealed for this year’s National Book Awards. The ceremony, which takes place on December 4th as a special birthday treat for Jay-Z, probably, will indeed feature the hugely popular, scandalising controversy magnet, but only in a hosting capacity, arf arf . (DISCLAIMER: This is obviously an unfair characterisation. I’m sure Lorraine Kelly’s lovely. And she can probably hook you up with a stylist who’ll give you a wonder of a dye job and get those fifty shades down to fewer than ten.)

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Philip Roth retired last month and no one noticed till now

In what may or may not be a hissy fit reaction to yet another Nobel snub (legal note: it isn’t), Philip Roth kind of sort of announced his retirement from writing last month in an interview with French publication Les Inrocks, a revelation which seemingly went unreported in the English language press until Salon picked it up on Friday, because French, amirite? (legal note: I am wrong)

By the by, if you were willing to give anglophone journos the benefit of the doubt and assume that they took the time to have such a monumental announcement dilligently translated, well, Salon would like you to know ‘The interview is published in French; we used an Internet program to translate his quotes into English.’

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Stephen King’s stage musical is coming, has a soundtrack

If 2013 is the year that Stephen King finally delivers on all his previously made promises, it’s also shaping up to be the year that Stephen King gives you things you never realised you wanted in the first place, and still might not. Having already confirmed the imminent publication of that long-mooted sequel to The Shining, replete with 100% more prescient cats than the original, the beloved bestseller is also finally ready to unleash Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic stage musical he’s been working on for over a decade with – weirdly, but progressively less so the more you think about it – John Mellencamp (née Cougar).

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Technical Lead, in Woking [JOB POSTING]

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Our client, the UK’s leading provider of services for the book industry based in Woking, is looking for a Technical Lead to coordinate and manage a range of complex application software. This is an integral role aiding the translation of the business requirements to system requirements.

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#Amazonageddon Halts US Online Book Purchase For… Several Hours

At some stage last week while I was asleep, buy buttons were removed from Big 6 (5?) publishers Hachette, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. What followed was a brief turd storm of concern, blame and speculation about what these publishers had done to bring forth the wrath of Bezos, followed by a ‘statement’ from Amazon a while later saying it was a technical glitch (ie: they sent out an email with ‘technical glitch’ as the subject line and blank body text, probs).

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