July 10, 2020

On the come up

Last week The Stage magazine reported that UK theatre stood on a precipice, without government help or a reopening plan; on the BBC’s “Front Row”, the conductor Sir Simon Rattle said that without support to make a bridge to the new world, many organisations, principally venues and performing arts companies, will fail.

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Print units post surprising increase in first half of 2020

Jul 10 2020 In what is perhaps the biggest surprise in publishing since the Covid-19 pandemic sent the U.S. economy into turmoil this spring, print unit sales saw a 2.8% increase in the first half of 2020, over the comparable period in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The number of copies sold was 322.1 million in the six-month period, up from 313.5 million in the first half of 2019. The increase was led by a combination of children’s nonfiction books aimed at helping parents educate and entertain their children and a spike in sales of books on...

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My Job in Five: Hayley Steed

Describe your role.  I’m a literary agent and book to screen agent at The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. I enjoy the best of both worlds—I’m a primary agent to an amazing roster of writers, selling book rights to the UK, US and Canada, plus I handle the adaptation rights for the agency’s titles to producers in the UK, US and around the globe.

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When all is said, what is being done? Introducing the Black Agents & Editors’ Group

The global if tragically-induced surge of the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked vital conversations. Yet, what was revelatory for so many in our industry felt like Groundhog Day for most of us who are Black. We’re stuck – how do we change the narrative? Belonging, as abstract a concept as this may be, is more vital than ever. The work of mutual aid groups has been a beacon of hope during the pandemic. Inspired by this grassroots approach, and following in the footsteps of DipNet and BAME in Publishing, I launched the Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE) in...

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