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1 December 2021

Send us your Christmas closing dates

To be included in Books+Publishing‘s annual list of publishers’ and distributors’ trade closing dates for the holiday period, please complete our Christmas closing dates survey... Read more
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Final ‘WBN’ for 2021 next week

The final Weekly Book Newsletter (WBN) for 2021 will be published next Wednesday, 8 December. Classifieds, job advertisements and Christmas closing dates for inclusion in... Read more


SPN conference 2021: ‘stimulating, diverse and accessible’ x

The 10th annual Small Press Network (SPN) Independent Publishing Conference was held online on 25–27 November. The 2021 conference ran entirely online for the second... Read more
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Hammer, Jubelin joint 2021 Danger Prize winners

Trust (Chris Hammer, A&U) and I Catch Killers (Gary Jubelin with Dan Box, HarperCollins) have jointly won the 2021 Danger Prize. Administered by the BAD:... Read more


‘The Underdogs’ series sells to North America x

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has sold North American rights to ‘The Underdogs’ series by Kate and Jol Temple (illus by Shiloh Gordon) to Razorbill,... Read more
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Engaged readers driving book sales, latest awards news x

A new survey by Australia Reads has found that engaged readers were driving the growth in book sales during the pandemic.

In other news, ADS has announced it is working with ‘multiple carriers’ and has added staff to work through supply chain congestion in the lead up to Christmas.

Winners of the Nib Literary Award, Dymocks Book of the Year, SPN Book of the Year and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards have all been announced in the past week, as was the longlist for the Walkley Book Award.

Overseas, UK Publishers Association data shows significant growth in audiobook and fiction sales this year, while the winners of the Royal Society Science Book Prize and the shortlists for the Costa Book Awards were announced. Meanwhile, a UK high court judge has ruled that passages in HarperCollins UK title Putin’s People are defamatory of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

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Amplify Bookstore’s 2022 picks x

Amplify Bookstore, an independent online bookseller specialising in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) authors, shares the shop’s picks for 2022, including... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit meets Exeter’s Crediton Community Bookshop

In this series, run in partnership with the Melbourne City of Literature Office, we get to know some of the bookstores in the UNESCO Cities of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Fiction  Affirm Press has acquired world rights to the historical novel The Natural History of Love by Caroline Petit, via Jane Novak of Jane... Read more


Marketing ploy helps Vaynerchuk debut at number one x

On the back of a ‘unique’ marketing campaign urging customers to buy a dozen copies of his book, US entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk’s business title Twelve... Read more


A Great Hope (Jessica Stanley, Picador) x

When ACTU boss John Clare falls to his death from the roof of the family home, a note found on him makes it seem like... Read more


The Islands (Emily Brugman, A&U) x

It’s the 1950s and the Finnish migrants who have made their home on the ruthless terrain of Little Rat Island are accustomed to surviving harsh... Read more


The Power of Podcasting: Telling stories through sound (Siobhán McHugh, UNSW Press) x

It’s strange to think that ‘less than a decade ago, most people had never heard of podcasting’, as Siobhán McHugh points out in The Power... Read more


Tik Merauke: An epidemic like no other (John Richens, MUP) x

In the early 1900s the sexually transmitted infection donovanosis ravaged the Marind of New Guinea. Through the lens of this disease, known as tik Merauke... Read more


Only a Monster (Vanessa Len, A&U) x

Joan is enjoying her summer in London with her eccentric family and dream job at the historic Holland House. After unexpectedly losing several hours out... Read more


The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness (Matt Ottley, Dirt Lane Press) x

An author, visual artist and composer, Matt Ottley has combined his talents in his latest work to create a multi-modal sensory feast that merges words,... Read more


Vale Doug MacLeod

Author, poet, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter and editor Doug MacLeod died on 22 November, aged 62. MacLeod wrote 26 books for children and young adults, published... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine.... Read more

Copyright Agency board changes x

Leslie Loble has joined the Copyright Agency board as an independent director, while Jane Curry, Oliver Watts and Adele Ferguson have been reappointed as publisher... Read more

Applications for the 2022 black&write! Writing Fellowships are now open

Hachette Australia is delighted to continue their partnership with State Library of Queensland for their annual black&write! Writing and Editorial Fellowships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.

Having originally partnered with State Library on the Fellowships in 2016, this continuation will see two Writing Fellowships awarded annually in 2022 and 2023 to unpublished and published Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The recipients will each receive $10,000 in prize money, manuscript development with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders editors at black&write! and a Hachette Australia publisher, and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia.

For more information, and to apply, visit the State Library of Queensland website. The deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 2 February 2022.




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