Weekly Book Newsletter
14 August 2013

Quote of the week x

‘We saw a sharp increase in traffic on the day and this was also reflected in very strong sales. It really felt like Christmas in... Read more

HarperCollins to accept unsolicited manuscripts on Wednesdays x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that it will begin accepting unsolicited manuscripts via its website this month. The publisher will launch ‘the Wednesday Post’ on 21 August.... Read more

Stores abuzz and sales up on National Bookshop Day x

Bookstores around Australia celebrated the third annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 10 August, with many stores reporting a boost in sales and customer numbers... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2013 program announced x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced the full program for its 10th festival, which will run from 11-15 October in Bali, Indonesia. More than 50 of the... Read more

Local authors shortlisted for 2013 David Gemmell Legend Awards x

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been shortlisted for this year’s David Gemmell Legend Awards for fantasy writing. Australian author... Read more

Elworthy elected PANZ president x

Auckland University Press director Sam Elworthy has been elected as the new president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ). Elworthy, who has previously served... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Jenny Darling & Associates has sold UK and Commonwealth rights ex-ANZ to The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham, published in Australia by Duffy & Snellgrove) to... Read more

Tulba longlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize x

Australian author Majok Tulba is among the finalists for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize. Tulba’s novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton) is longlisted along... Read more

The Mary Cunnane Agency to close this year x

Literary agency The Mary Cunnane Agency will close by the end of this year. Founder Mary Cunnane said in a statement this week that she... Read more

Booktopia named Australia’s Favourite Bookshop

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named Australia’s Favourite Bookshop in a national competition administered by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in the lead-up to National... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Former Geelong footballer Matthew Scarlett is kicking goals on the highest new entries chart this week, with his autobiography Hold the Line (with Scott Gullan, Macmillan)... Read more

Pintado joins Egmont UK; new appointments at HGE x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) commissioning and managing editor Marisa Pintado has taken a year’s sabbatical to join the fiction team at Egmont UK in London.... Read more

White shortlisted for 2013 Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Australian author Hugh White has been shortlisted for the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award for his book The China Choice: Why America Should... Read more

‘Forged with Flames’ wins Australian Christian Book of the Year Award x

Forged with Flames: A True Story of Courage and Survival by Ann Fogarty and Anne Crawford (Wild Dingo Press) has won this year’s Australian Christian... Read more

EWF to visit Tasmania

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) will visit Tasmania for the first time later this year for a three-day roadshow of writing workshops and performances. The roadshow... Read more

QLA launches crowdfunding campaign

Organisers of the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for this year’s awards and to ‘sustain the awards for the... Read more

Write Around the Murray 2013 program announced x

The program for this year’s Write Around the Murray Festival in Albury, New South Wales, has been announced. The festival, which runs from Wednesday 4 September to... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Clan Destine Press has sold rights to Out of the Black Land and the ‘Delphic Women’ trilogy Medea, Cassandra and Electra (all Kerry Greenwood)... Read more

John Button Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Reluctant Rescuers: An... Read more

Four Collins franchises placed into administration x

Four Collins Booksellers franchises in Victoria have closed after the stores’ parent company was placed into voluntary administration. The four stores are located in Bendigo... Read more

Standfield appointed publishing manager at Jane Curry Publishing x

Jane Curry Publishing (JCP) has appointed Jasmine Standfield to the newly created position of publishing manager. Standfield will manage JCP’s production, taking over from Karen Young,... Read more

Six authors selected for Creative Industries Career Fund x

Six authors have received funding in the latest round of the Creative Industries Career Fund, administered by the Copyright Agency (CAL). Children’s author and Random House... Read more

Staff changes at Black Inc. x

Black Inc. has announced a number of staff changes following a restructure of the publisher’s publicity and marketing team. Publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young has... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s really no different from suggesting that because they’re so keen to see a game, fans should have the right to avoid ticket barriers at... Read more

Travelling writers festival to tour Australia’s East Coast x

Asialink’s travelling writers festival the Bookwallah will tour Australia’s East Coast over coming months, kicking off with an exhibition at the State Library of Victoria... Read more

Keating joins Collins Booksellers head office x

Michelle Keating has joined the Collins Booksellers head office in the role of national franchise manager. Keating has worked for a number of Collins stores... Read more

Ticket sales up at BBWF 2013; philosophy magazine tops bestseller list x

This year’s Byron Writers Festival was held on 2-4 August, with record ticket sales and attendances on the first day of the festival and an... Read more

Davitt Awards 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women in 2012, have... Read more

NSW Writers’ Centre launches mentorships for Indigenous writers x

The NSW Writers’ Centre has launched a mentorship program for emerging Indigenous writers. The program will pair five emerging Indigenous writers from New South Wales... Read more

‘The Dressmaker’ adaptation receives investment funding from Screen Australia

A film adaptation of The Dressmaker by Melbourne author Rosalie Ham (Duffy & Snellgrove) is one of three feature film projects to receive a share... Read more

Inaugural NZ Post Book Awards Festival to be held in August x

The inaugural New Zealand Post Book Awards Festival will be held from 12-18 August to celebrate the finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Events will be held... Read more

Overstock.com retreats from Amazon price war x

In the US, Overstock.com appears to have retreated from its recent price war with Amazon, prompting Amazon to end its deep discounting of titles that began in response to... Read more

FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award longlist announced x

Fourteen business books have been longlisted for the £30,000 (A$50,700) Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, presented annually for the... Read more

Judge schedules Apple damages trial for early 2014; proposes ‘staggered’ ebook contract negotiations with publishers x

Judge Denise Cote has denied Apple’s request for a stay in proceedings in its ongoing legal battle with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over... Read more

E L James tops ‘Forbes’ list of highest-earning authors in 2013

‘Fifty Shades’ author E J James has topped Forbes‘ list of the world’s top-earning authors of 2013. According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-earning authors for the... Read more

DOJ v Apple: Publishers oppose proposed injunction; Kobo supports injunction; Apple files for stay in proceedings to wait for appeal x

In another eventful week in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ongoing ebook pricing case against Apple, a number of the parties have made submissions to the court... Read more

Bowker research: online retailers’ market share up 5% in US x

In the US, online retailers led by Amazon earned 44% of the money spent on books in 2012, up from 39% in 2011 when Borders was... Read more

‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Fault in Our Stars (John Green,... Read more

Kinokuniya to launch online stores in Southeast Asia x

The Japan-headquartered Kinokuniya bookstore chain is planning to launch online stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other Asian countries in 2014 ahead of anticipated launches... Read more

HMH prepares to go public with US$100 million IPO x

In the US, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has filed preliminary documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in its plans for an initial public... Read more

Patricia Cornwell moves to HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has acquired world English language rights to two new books from crime writer Patricia Cornwell. The author was previously published by Penguin in the... Read more

Ukraine government to invest $68 million in local bookselling and publishing industry x

The Ukraine government will invest 500 million hrynia (approximately A$68.5 million) in the country’s bookselling and publishing industry over the next four years in a... Read more

Will Amazon and ‘The Washington Post’ form a closer relationship under Bezos ownership? x

Following the widely reported news that Amazon founder and owner Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post, speculation has begun about what the relationship between... Read more

Finalists announced for Jan Michalski Prize x

The finalists have been announced for the CHF50,000 (A$60,150) Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, a Swiss literary prize open to any work of fiction or nonfiction published anywhere... Read more

Howard Library moves to larger space x

The Howard Library in Queensland is relocating into a larger space inside the Burrum District Community Centre, reports the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Fraser Coast Regional Council’s... Read more

Mitchelton library renovations boost visitor numbers x

Brisbane City Council has seen an increase in visitors to the Mitchelton Library since spending $1.39 million on renovations to the library, reports Brisbane Times.... Read more

In brief x

Libraries Australia Forum to be held in October The annual Libraries Australia Forum will be held on 31 October at the University of Melbourne, with the theme... Read more

International Library News x

‘Burial Rites’ features in inaugural LibraryReads top 10 In the US, Burial Rites by Australian author Hannah Kent (Picador) is among the first books to... Read more

In brief x

Softlink to supply OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to Sydney Catholic schools The Catholic Education Office (CEO) in Sydney has announced a partnership with library supplier Softlink, which... Read more

International Library News x

UK to celebrate National Libraries Day in February 2014 In the UK, the next National Libraries Day will be held on 8 February 2014, reports... Read more

Why new adult is not a natural extension of YA x

When Cordelia Rice spoke to publishers and booksellers about new adult books for her feature in Junior Issue 3, she found that there is still some... Read more

Peter Goldsworthy’s ‘His Stupid Boyhood’ x

The subject of Peter Goldsworthy’s memoir is his first 18 years and ‘the getting of stupidity’. ‘The getting of wisdom would have to wait,’ he... Read more

Nelika McDonald’s ‘The Vale Girl’ x

This impressive debut novel from Melbourne writer Nelika McDonald had me hooked from the beginning. Told through realistically drawn characters, this part thriller, part coming-of-age... Read more

Reader’s Digest distribution moves to BMS Wholesale x

Publisher: Reader’s Digest ISBN prefix: 978-0-909486; 978-0-949819; 978-0-86438; 978-0-86449; 978-0-86450; 978-1-876689; 978-0-9577023; 978-1-921077; 978-1-921344; 978-1-921569; 978-1-876691; 978-1-921743; 978-1-921744; 978-1-922083 Old distributor: S&S New distributor: BMS Wholesale... Read more

Changes to PANZ Council x

There have been a number of changes to the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), following the association’s 2013 AGM. Auckland University... Read more

Changes at Hardie Grant Egmont x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) commissioning and managing editor Marisa Pintado has taken a year’s sabbatical to join the fiction team at Egmont UK in London.... Read more

Andrews leaves EWF x

Karen Andrews finished in her role as program manager at the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in July. Andrews held the position since early 2012 when... Read more

Whenmouth replaces Murray at Magabala Books x

Magabala Books has appointed Gaylene Whenmouth as a part-time marketing manager. Whenmouth replaces former marketing manager Nic Murray who commenced maternity leave at the start... Read more

Keating joins Collins Booksellers head office x

Michelle Keating has joined the Collins Booksellers head office in the role of national franchise manager. Keating, who has worked for a number of Collins... Read more

Standfield appointed publishing manager Jane Curry Publishing x

Jasmine Standfield has been appointed to the newly created position of publishing manager at Jane Curry Publishing. Standfield joined JCP as an intern in April,... Read more

Staff changes at Black Inc. x

At Black Inc., publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young has been promoted to the role of marketing director. Imogen Kandel, formerly marketing coordinator at the Melbourne... Read more

Laidlaw joins MWF, promoted at KYD x

Emily Laidlaw has been appointed marketing coordinator at the Melbourne Writers Festival and online editor at Kill Your Darlings, replacing Imogen Kandel, who previously held... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation fundraising exhibition & sale x

Publishers and authors Susan and Emily McCulloch and Debbie McInnes of DMCPRmedia are presenting a one-day only exhibition & sale to assist in fundraising for... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association Professional Development sessions are open for bookings. Projects, Priorities & Time Management. Last Chance to Book. Sydney only Tuesday 3 September Learn... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference call for papers x

The Independent Publishing Conference, running from 14-15 November at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, is calling for papers for this year’s Academic Program.  The conference is seeking papers... Read more

Australia Council seeks international publishers for Adelaide in 2014 x

The Australia Council is looking for new international guests to join the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program at the Adelaide Writers’ Week, running from 1-6 March 2014, following a successful VIPs... Read more

Pinerolo Children’s Book Cottage: upcoming events x

Bookings are open for events at Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage. An Afternoon With Wild Animals (Saturday, 31 August). An afternoon listening to Jan Latta about her... Read more

Attention Publishers & Distributors x

Struggling to keep your overheads down and your sales up? Then utilize the freelance sales & marketing services of industry veteran Maurice Peters. Visit www.bookknight.com.au... Read more

Controversial #1 New York Times bestseller Zealot rush Australian release x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce we have secured Australian and NZ rights to the surprise bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus... Read more

Jabba the Puppett is here! x

The new book in the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series is now on sale. To help celebrate, Thames & Hudson is awarding two... Read more

Reader's Digest and BMS Wholesale x

Reader’s Digest sales, marketing and distribution of books to the Australian and New Zealand book trade will be managed by BMS Wholesale, Sydney. From Monday,... Read more

HarperCollins Announces New Unsolicited Submissions Portal x

HarperCollinsPublishers ANZ is excited to announce the launch of its new online unsolicited submission program, The Wednesday Post, which will be going live on Wednesday... Read more

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