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Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September 2017
31.08.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September 2017     Recent months have seen a fluidity in publishing, with editors shifting house and literary agents in big agencies leaving to set up on their own.  All these individuals are keen to make their mark and this...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – August 2017
31.07.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – August 2017     The book industry doesn’t like Mondays (who does?), but it does like Thursdays.  Well, perhaps not every Thursday.  But it does like Super Thursday, a day in October chosen by the Booksellers Association...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – July 2017
29.06.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – July 2017     One of the book industry’s most familiar concerns emerged in recent weeks – put simply: how to encourage people to read.  The Bookseller magazine held its annual Marketing and Publicity Conference...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – June 2017
01.06.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – June 2017   The removal of VAT on ebooks; maximum possible access to the EU single market after Brexit, as well as strong free trade agreements which recognise UK publishing’s position as a global leader; a strong intellectual...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – April 2017
23.04.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – April 2017   Publishers are entering the spring in good spirits thanks to some very positive news: in 2016, British consumers bought more books in all formats—print, digital and audio—than in 2015. And they spent more money...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – March 2017
28.02.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – March 2017     The role of books in a post-truth world of “alternative facts” and ugly nationalism has never been more important – that’s the view of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic as the book...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – February 2017
31.01.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – February 2017     As the new year gets underway publishers have three concerns: Brexit, Trump and diversity.  There is still much uncertainty over the first two, with everyone in a cautious ‘wait and see’ mood...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – January 2017
05.01.2017
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – January 2017     The year in publishing ended sadly with the death of the agent David Miller, of Rogers, Coleridge & White.  He was only 50 and suffered a major heart attack.  Tributes poured in from all sides of...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – November 2016
31.10.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – November 2016     The death of the literary agent Carole Blake on 25 October, at the age of 70, shocked the publishing industry.  A much-loved and highly respected figure, her many successful clients included the novelist...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – October 2016
03.10.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – October 2016     With publishers and booksellers all back at work after the summer break (yes, of course people only had a fortnight off, if they’re lucky, but it always feels as if there has been a sort of trade-wide shutdown)...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September 2016
25.08.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September 2016     We are all lucky to be alive in the Harry Potter years.  We should not let familiarity make us forget just what an extraordinary period it has been – and still is.  We are living through publishing...
Shelf Life - news from around the book business - August 2016
29.07.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – August 2016     Where are the bestselling male, British thriller writers?  This was a question posed by an anonymous literary agent recently who reeled off a long list – Alistair Maclean, Jack Higgins, Frederick Forsyth...
Shelf Life - news from around the book business - July 2016
04.07.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business –   July 2016       So, depending on how you voted, the book industry (along with the rest of the country) is either heading for hell in the proverbial handcart or speeding towards the horizon on the liberty express...
Shelf Life - news from around the book business - June 2016
31.05.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – June 2016     Which is your favourite publisher?  Is it the redoubtable Penguin, still the most famous publisher in the world?  Or is it one of the other traditional names like Faber or Jonathan Cape?  What about...
Shelf Life - news from around the book business - May 2016
03.05.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business –   May 2016     The London Book Fair opened on a tide of optimism last month, with publishers feeling buoyant for a number of reasons: the growth in print sales, the ongoing reinvention of Waterstones, and a vibrant –...
Shelf Life - News from around the book business - April 2016, London Wall Publishing
04.04.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – April 2016     Spring arrived with the very best news for publishers: the UK book market was up by 4% in volume and 5% in value in 2015.  The data was released at the annual BookInsights Conference in London, given by research...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – March 2016
04.03.2016
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – March 2016 With ‘Brexit’ almost certain to become the word of the year (question: if ‘Brexit’, then why not ‘Bray’ for the stay campaign, or even ‘Bremain’?), publishers have been expressing...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – February 2016
03.02.2016
More data concerning the slowing of ebook sales and the resurgence of print has emerged as the industry enters what one might call the post-digital era. Comparing 2015 with 2012, volume sales of ebooks for the so-called big five publishers – Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – January 2016
05.01.2016
In this mobile, tablet and app-dominated world, it was good old-fashioned print that proved the success story at Christmas – and within print it was one of publishing’s oldest, most venerable, even old-fashioned, of names that proved the real star, albeit thanks to a new twist that name was...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – December
30.11.2015
It has been a rather extraordinary month, one in which two doyennes of the book industry – one still with us, one long departed – proved their ability to still cut it with the YouTube generation, and a bookshop served as a place of refuge during an unspeakable atrocity. Ninety-two-year-old...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – November
09.11.2015
As the publishing industry begins the run-in to Christmas, buoyed up by its most successful Books are My Bag campaign yet (designed to promote bricks and mortar bookshops), it finds itself in a rather interesting place.  The fury of digital growth has eased – most famously marked in recent...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – October
07.10.2015
You would have to be living on Mars not to have noticed the self-publishing phenomenon that dominates so much of the industry now – and, rather appropriately, the new Matt Damon film The Martian, is a good example.  As with so many films, this began life as a novel, but how many people know...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September
01.09.2015
Throughout the history of the book industry there have always been ‘villains’ – not real criminals, of course, but companies or company leaders who would cause publishers angst.  For publishing houses during the Eighties and Nineties – my goodness, that’s another world...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – August
03.08.2015
July was an historic month in the publishing industry.  Bookshops here and in the US opened at midnight on 13 July to sell Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and there were some extraordinary figures.  In the UK, its first week sales in print and digital were more than 207,000, the bulk of...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business - July
30.06.2015
Here’s a little scenario for you.  Let’s imagine that the government or the state is the dominant seller of ebooks.  It offers a fabulous service and has approximately 90% of the market.  Under the terms of its agreements with publishers it has what is called a Most Favoured...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – June
01.06.2015
So how did the publishing industry vote in the Election?  Well, according to a survey of voting intentions in the Bookseller it should have been a landslide for Labour who received 46%, with the Conservatives (19%) in second place and the Greens (13%) third.  Just 10% of respondents...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – May
01.05.2015
Subscription services and global publishing were two of the topics in the air at last month’s London Book Fair.  The major houses have markedly different attitudes to the former, with HarperCollins happily signing with numerous companies – among them Oyster and Scribd – but Penguin...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – April
07.04.2015
It’s the London Book Fair next week (14-16 April), with the event making a return to the splendid natural light of Olympia’s Grand Hall, following the closure of its previous home at Earls Court.  The line between what is a trade event and what is a consumer event have become blurred...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – March
02.03.2015
What a month!  The idea that Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird should have lain undiscovered for so long is enough to make agents get on the phone to any clients of status they might have and ask: “Just wondered, um, could you have a root around, just to check there isn’t...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – February
09.02.2015
The book industry can seem fragile at the best of times, buffeted by government cuts to libraries on the one hand, and the temptations of tablets on the other – temptations that take attention away from publisher (or self-published) content.  So it was gratifying and encouraging to learn that...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – January
06.01.2015
Anyone who spent any time in Waterstones in the run-up to Christmas and beyond cannot fail to have noticed how its digital offering – all those Kindle tables in the front of the stores when the chain’s partnership with Amazon was first announced – had all but disappeared during the...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – December
01.12.2014
Amazon and Hachette settled their dispute over the price of ebooks in the end – and almost on Armistice Day too, thus proving the oft-quoted line true: it really was over by Christmas. Much of November has been about the analysis, assessing the damage, seeing whose reputation is intact, venturing...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – November
03.11.2014
If you thought all publishers were pariahs, you would be right with at least one house.  Manchester-based Pariah Press is a new publisher seeking to “engage and excite”.  Founded by Jonny Walsh, head of the city’s Only Joking Records music label, and Jamie Lee, the great nephew...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – October
01.10.2014
As these words appear, agents and publishers are packing their bags for the Frankfurt Book Fair.  After 66 years this is still the publishing industry’s most famous annual marketplace and celebration of that bundle of ‘content’ (how ever it is packaged), known as the ‘book’...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – September
02.09.2014
Well, the clocks have certainly been striking thirteen all around the book trade.  Never has the George Orwell estate known so much publicity!  Put out the buntings on the road to Wigan Pier!  Get the pigs a new pen on that famous farm!  Spruce up the aspidistras!    You...
Shelf Life – news from around the book business – August
06.08.2014
As we celebrate the centenary of the war to end all wars, so the publishing industry’s own ‘world war – the by now famous dispute between Amazon and the Hachette Group – is entering its fourth month.  Maybe it will be over by Christmas.  Maybe there will be poems: ‘If...
A Gold IPPY award for The Echoes of Love
02.07.2014
We were delighted to discover that London Wall Publishing had been awarded Gold in the Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Romance category, for our debut publication, The Echoes of Love. The IPPYs were launched in 1996 with the aim of rewarding the very best independently published books each year...

London Wall Publishing’s Project Manager, Fiona Marsh, with US actor, Trey Gerrald, at the 18th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards held during BookExpo America in New York receiving the Gold Award for Romance Fiction for The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding. 

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the "IPPY" Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground." Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers.