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Sarah Franklin signs two-book deal with Bonnier Zaffre

Sarah Franklin signs two-book deal with Bonnier Zaffre

Sarah Franklin

As reported in The Bookseller (26 September 2016):

Bonnier Zaffre is publishing Shelter, a debut novel by Sarah Franklin, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Eleanor Dryden, publishing director at Bonnier Zaffre, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two books by Franklin from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedman at auction. 

Franklin runs literary event Short Stories Aloud at Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford and is also a judge for the Costa Book Awards Short Story prize for the second year running.

Her debut, Shelter, is about a spirited young woman escaping bombed-out Coventry in WWII to work as a lumberjill within a reclusive community in the Forest of Dean. She is nursing a secret and running from a tragic past, including a life-defining decision publishers say 'will resonate with so many readers'.

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Excellent results in the 2016 National Student Survey

The recent publication of the 2016 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure was 90 per cent, and the figure for the quality of the teaching was 97 per cent satisfaction, with 100 per cent saying that the staff are good at explaining things to their students; 100 per cent thought that the staff have made the subject interesting; and 100 per cent thought that the staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching.

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New report published into journals in China

The Publishers Association are releasing at the Beijing International Book Fair the PA Market Report China Journals by Chu Xiaoying, a Publishing MA graduate from 2002 and now a senior manager at Charlesworth China, and Professor Paul Richardson, formerly Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. It is the first comprehensive study of the burgeoning market for scholarly journals in China, which now ranks only second to the USA in R&D investment and the publication of research outcomes. In their introduction the authors say that the market in China 'with its ever-increasing research outputs, is simply too big to ignore'. They add: 'China seems certain to be one of the most exciting and important markets for specialist publishing in the 21st century.'

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Three, six or 36: how many basic plots are there in all stories ever written?

Angus Phillips was interviewed by Alison Flood from the Guardian (13 July 2016) for a piece about the number of basic plots in literature. ‘Angus Phillips, head of the school of arts and director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, speculates that “the increase in reading on digital devices is changing the behaviour of authors”, with “a divergence between plot-driven, genre fiction aimed at a digital audience; contrasted with the character-driven approach of literary fiction, often read in print”. He points to Fay Weldon’s comments on her blog, that “short, in this the day of the galloping e-reader, is best. Writers need to envisage readers not turning the page as the maid draws the curtains and brings a glass of wine, but on the train or bus on the way to work, eating a sandwich, or standing in the queue for coffee.”'

You can read the full piece here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jul/13/three-six-or-36-how-many-basic-plots-are-there-in-all-stories-ever-written

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Three MA Publishing students from the USA in conversation

Three of our MA Publishing students Shannon Schimmer, Kaylee Kain and Sam Jacquest have recently participated in videos in conversation with other American students at Brookes.

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Success for the Oxfordshire Publishing Group Conference 2016

Nigel Newton – Founder & CEO, Bloomsbury Publishing plc

Nigel Newton – Founder & CEO, Bloomsbury Publishing plc

‘Never the Twain Shall Meet: Bloomsbury’s journey from trade to academic, and print to digital’

Set: Oxford Publishing Group Conference 2016

Gail Rebuck in conversation with Mariella Frostrup

Gail Rebuck in conversation with Mariella Frostrup

Gail Rebuck – Chair, Penguin Random House UK in conversation with Mariella Frostrup, Journalist and television presenter

Set: Oxford Publishing Group Conference 2016

On 14th June 2016, The Oxfordshire Publishing Group held its second Summer Conference.  The Conference opened with Nigel Newton, Founder and CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing talking about how the company had so successfully made the move from trade to academic publisher.  Through a mixture of organic growth and acquisition Bloomsbury has managed to face the challenges of integrating different cultures and is now widely regarded as one of the most successful publishing companies in the UK.

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Between Paper and Pixels

Between Paper and Pixels

Conference poster

The conference Between Paper and Pixels took place at Aarhus University on 19 and 20 May, organized by the Centre for Literature between Media. 

The conference discussed how the literary field is in a state of transition. Radical developments in the media ecology throughout the last decades (not least the digital revolution) have resulted in new possibilities and challenges for authors, readers and publishers. Through centuries, literature’s status as a written and book-based art form has been taken for granted, but the emergence of new media has severed the natural bond between literature, writing and books. Amongst the keynote speakers was Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, whose paper was entitled 'What now for the book?'

Twitter: #papix16

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OICPS at the London Book Fair 2016

OICPS at the London Book Fair 2016

Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 12th to 14th April 2016. We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, the June conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms and the Author HQ; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand. On the Tuesday morning Angus Phillips chaired a seminar, ‘The wisdom of crowds – crowdfunding and crowdsourcing’, on how authors and publishers are taking advantage of this phenomenon to source both content and funding.

 At our stand reception on the Wednesday evening, attended by over 100 people, we met up with friends of the Centre and alumni working at the fair. Pictures of the party cake, which had a design celebrating the new Confucius Institute at Brookes, were tweeted round the fair before it was eaten by the guests.

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Angus Phillips interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book

Open Book on BBC Radio 4 this week examined self-publishing, with Mariella Frostrup interviewing bestselling author Rachel Abbott and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. They talked about the routes to self-publishing including ebooks and crowdfunding.

The programme was first broadcast on Sunday 17 April and is available to listen again: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0773ldz

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Bloomsbury offers paid placement to Brookes Publishing graduate

Bloomsbury Academic & Professional Division is pleased to announce that they will be offering an Oxford Brookes Publishing graduate a 12 month paid placement in their Editorial and Digital departments.  It is expected that the successful candidate will move into a full-time role within the division thereafter. Starting early September 2016, the role will involve assisting the Humanities Editorial teams on the Philosophy, Linguistics, Classics and Religious Studies lists for the first six months. The final six months will be based with the Digital Publishing team, working with them on the development of a new digital product. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about the workings of a busy Editorial department, acquire relevant skills first hand and gain experience in digital publishing.

This offer will also be available to students graduating in 2017.

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