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Jonny Geller wins BookMachine blogger award 2016

The BookMachine blogging awards are run annually using Google analytics to pick the most viewed blog posts of the year.  BookMachine readers then vote for their favourite of the selection.

The winning blogger of 2016 – as voted by you – is Jonny Geller. Jonny will be winning an annual BookMachine membership, a bottle of something tasty, and a selection of BookMachine blooks.

We will also be extending the award to Norah Myers, who (for the second time) interviewed our winning blogger on behalf of BookMachine. A huge thanks to Norah for making this all happen.

Last year Juliet Mushens grabbed the award with her interview (by Norah Myers) ‘Twitter Tips from a Literary Agent

If you think you have what it takes to write a winning blog for publishing professionals in 2017, email me with your idea.

As a reminder the blog posts from 2016 were:

1. Blogger: Jonny Geller (via Norah Myers)

This blog analyses what makes a bestseller in an age where print sales are up and self-publishing is becoming increasingly popular.

https://bookmachine.org/2016/06/09/what-makes-a-bestseller/

2. Blogger: Alison Jones

This blog essentially reminisces about all the things that used to be part of a publisher’s day and no longer are.

https://bookmachine.org/2016/12/06/10-things-that-used-to-be-part-of-a-publishers-day-that-millennials-will-find-hard-to-imagine/

3. Blogger: Juliet Pickering (with Norah Myers)

Juliet is a successful agent, and in this blog post she shares how in her line of work, one deals with rejection.

https://bookmachine.org/2016/08/25/agents-handle-rejection-juliet-pickering-interview/

4. Blogger: Sam Humphrys (via Norah Myers)

This blog covers the top 5 tips an editor needs to excellent in their field.

https://bookmachine.org/2016/03/31/the-top-5-skills-and-editor-needs/

5. Blogger: Emma Smith

Emma is an editor and in this blog post explains how decisions are made, and what she wishes she could communicate more frequently.

https://bookmachine.org/2016/08/10/7-things-editor-wants-know/

BookMachine Blogging Award: Votes needed


Longlist unveiled for 2015 Man Booker Prize

The initial round of nominees for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been revealed with the unveiling of the 13-strong longlist. Now, for the second year in a row, open to any author writing in English and published in the UK (as opposed to writers from the UK, Ireland, Commonwealth and Zimbabwe alone), the list has a decidedly international bent, featuring a mere three nominees from the UK and five from the USA.

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Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year shortlist revealed

Crime fiction festival Bloody Scotland has revealed the shortlist for its annual book of the year award, recognising excellence in Scottish crime writing. Drawn from a longlist of 55 by an independent panel of readers, the winning author will receive a prize of £1,000 and promotion of their work in Waterstones branches across Scotland.

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Want to win a book industry award?

Winning awards won’t make you rich, and won’t help you sell books. But It will spruce up your CV, massage your ego immensely, impress your boss and on occasion you can even win a mighty fine prize.

The following are noteworthy prizes, awards and programmes available for publishing super-stars to apply for. There are plenty more for teams to win, but here are individual ones you can focus on for now.

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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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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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Shortlists revealed for 2015 Forward Poetry Prizes

The shortlists have been unveiled for this year’s Forward Poetry Prizes, commonly thought of as the Booker Prize of the poetry world. Prizes are awarded for best collection (£10,000), best first collection (£5,000) and best single poem (£1,000), with all nominees published in the UK and Ireland between October 2014 and September 2015.

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2015 Orwell Prize for Books goes to James Meek

The Orwell Prize, given annually to the best in British political writing, has this year awarded its prize for books to novelist James Meek, for his non-fictional examination of the privatisation of UK public services, Private Island. The book is a collection of essays largely drawn from the pages of the London Review of Books, to which Meek is a contributing editor. Though Meek has previously worked as a journalist, and remained on staff at The Guardian until 2005 having been the newspaper’s Moscow bureau chief throughout the 1990s, he is best known as a novelist, finding his widest success with the Booker-longlisted The People’s Act of Love that same year.

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Man Booker International goes to László Krasznahorkai

The biennial Man Booker International Prize, awarded to living authors of any nationality for a body of work readily available (either in its native tongue or in translation) in English, has this year been presented to Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai. It is the first time the award has been given to an author whose work was not originally published in English since the inaugural prize in 2005, when it was presented to the Albanian Ismail Kadare. It is also the first time a non-North American author has won the award since its sophomore prize in 2007 went to Chinua Achebe.

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Literary prize to rebrand after Folio Society ends sponsorship

The Folio Prize is in search of a new financial benefactor and, consequently, a new name, following the decision of the Folio Society not to renew its title sponsorship of the award. The literary award, which was presented in its first two years of existence under the Folio Society’s name, hopes to continue, and is currently in search of a new sponsor that will allow it to present its 2016 winner with a £40,000 prize.

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CWA reveals longlist for Dagger in the Library prize

The Crime Writers’ Association has unveiled the longlist for this year’s Dagger in the Library prize, recognising an author not for a single book but for their complete body of work. Nominations came from votes cast by readers online, this year through the award’s sponsor, Penguin Random House crime imprint/community Dead Good.

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