HOW many?

From The Bookseller:

Last year saw the largest number of titles published since records began 15 years ago, Nielsen Book figures have shown.

The UK publishing industry produced more than 133,000 titles during 2009 – an increase of 3.2% on the previous 12 months – hitting the highest output for a single year ever.

When Nielsen first began collating the data, the UK produced fewer than 100,000 titles a year. The highest until now had been 14 shy of 130,000, a figure reached in 2003.

Nielsen said: “The increases can be accounted for in part by growth in print-on-demand (POD) and digital product, which we expect to continue to increase in the future.”

English-language titles recorded by Nielsen Book as having been published somewhere in the world, excluding UK and Ireland, have also grown exponentially, with 2009 showing a record 604,768 publications.

The new book production figures have also increased the overall number of bibliographic records held on the Nielsen Book database to 10.4m globally and 5.8m for UK & Ireland.

Golly. [AR]



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BSFA Award Shortlist

After ticking the ‘shameless self-publicising by course teachers’ tag, I can report that my novel Yellow Blue Tibia has been shortlisted for the BSFA Award. More details here. [AR]


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A Horse Is a Horse (of Course! Of Course!)

Are you interested in horses and/or horse racing? Here’s the competition for you: The Wills Young Writers’ Awards, which were started in 1993 in memory of journalist and amateur jockey Martin Wills. All the details you need can be found here: The prize money is good and the deadline is 28 February 2010.

Talk to Mr. Ed:


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Short Story Competition

Mslexia is running a short story competition for Women’s Writing. I don’t think that this means it has to be written by a woman necessarily, but that might help. In any case, further information can be found here: or if you’d prefer a hard copy, and some flyers about other competitions, 2010 writer’s diary and a whole lot more, I’ve got a packet of stuff they sent in my office. [DC]

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Former Student’s Book Now Out

Just received an email from former RHUL student Paul Edwards. This is what he says:

I’ve just brought out a book on rap lyrics — How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC. … I’ve got some good blurbs for the book, one from poet Dana Gioia was particularly nice: “Paul Edwards’s How to Rap marks a cultural coming-of-age for Hip-Hop. His Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC is the first comprehensive poetics of this new literary form. Clear, concise, and immensely useful, it alternates a practical introduction to the subject with the comments of leading rap artists. Combining literary criticism and street smarts, Edwards has made his bid to become the Aristotle of Hip-Hop Poetics.”

Cool, eh? Here are the relevant links:

I wonder what Aristotle would have made of rap? ‘My name is Aristotle, and I rap full-throttle …’ [AR]


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Here’s a series of talks–conversations rather than lectures–that might be of interest. More information here and a description below:
Siobhan Davies Studios is soon to host a series of Conversations on Making throughout November and December 2009. Siobhan Davies has invited four artists from different disciplines to discuss how they make their work. Each artist will invite a guest speaker from outside their own practice and will talk to them about their creative process.

13 Nov Katie Mitchell (Theatre director) + Paul Clarke (Composer)

20 Nov Lavinia Greenlaw (Poet/Novelist) + Cornelia Parker (Artist)

27 Nov Edmund de Waal (Ceramicist) + A S Byatt (Author)

4 Dec Tim Crouch (Playwright/Performer) + Karl James (Dialogue artist)

*For further information see our website

These talks provide a unique opportunity for students to participate in discussions with professionals from different artistic walks of life.


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Launching your book

Several points I touched on in the lectures are covered here.

The website has more:

Once we get back from Frankfurt, we’d like to see you on morning talk shows like the “Today” show and “The View,” so please get yourself booked on them and keep us “in the loop.” If I’m not here—which I won’t be, since after the book fair I go on vacation for two weeks—just tell Jenni, my assistant, when she gets back from jury duty.

Remember in your blog to tabskim your readers’ comments. You can use Twitter, Chitt-chaTT, or Nit-Pickr. When you reply to comments, try to post at least one photo per hour of you doing everyday tasks around the house, such as answering comments and posting photos. Please make sure they’re pre-scorched. Let me know, when I get back from Retreat a week after my vacation, if self-surging is a problem.

Very funny. In a painful way. [AR]

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