Monthly Archives: March 2014

BookNet Canada’s Benchmark Study on Canadian Digital Publishing

Highlights from a new study by BookNet Canada on the Canadian digital publishing market:

– 90% of Canadian publishers are producing ebooks
– The remaining 10% plan to produce ebooks in the future or are in the process of doing so
– 19% of Canadian publishers have their full lists available as ebooks
– About a fifth of Canadian publishers have developed enhanced ebooks and about a fifth have produced at least one app

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Why Book Publishers Need to Think Like Amazon

Publishers have been poor at branding. But where there’s a quandary, there’s often an opportunity — and direct-to-consumer may be the best strategy.

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Canadian Readers by the Numbers

As part of BookNet’s research into the Canadian book buyer, we have been running a small survey of Canadians’ reading and leisure habits over the last 3 years. This is a survey we conduct in January/February each year. Where our book-buying research is focused on book buyers, this research is meant to focus more on how Canadians spend their leisure time and, more specifically, on how and when they are reading books (in any format). As has been the case with book buyers, Canadians’ reading habits are also changing.

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How to Price a Self-Published E-Book

Once the e-bbook is written, the marketing plan in place, and the work ready to release to the public, self-published authors find themselves with an unexpected challenge: assigning a value to their work. Setting an e-book’s price requires some creativity on the part of the author, a careful consideration of the book’s potential audience, and an assessment of what the author hopes to accomplish with the book.

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RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Alternating yearly between poetry and short fiction, the 2014 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction.

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Entry fee: none

Prize: A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction; Two honourable mentions will each receive $1000 prizes

Detailswww.writerstrust.com/awards/rbc-bronwen-wallace-award-for-emerging-writers.aspx

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The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition

The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work.

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Entry fee: £7.00 per poem

Prize: 1st prize is £5000; Additional prizes are £500 for 2nd place; £250 for 3rd place and five runners-up receive £50 each

Detailswww.literaturewales.org/news/i/143938/

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Diana Woods Memorial Award In Creative Nonfiction

Submit an essay of up to 5000 words on a subject of your choice. You must also include a 100-word biography, a photo and a note of thanks to the Woods family.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Entry fee: none

Prize: $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket

Detailshttp://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

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