Weekly Write-Up: 18th September 2019
Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.
This week: the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize is revealed, Bruce Campbell chooses to self-publish, and the Florida SPF drinks date is confirmed.
The Man Booker Prize Shortlist
Down from the whopping 13-strong longlist (and an insane 151 submitted titles), we now know which six novels are up for the most prestigious award in literature. They are:
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie
An Orchestra of Minorities, by Chigozie Obioma
Ducks, Newbury Port, by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, by Elif Shafak
The favourite to win is Rushdie, but we’ll know for sure when the prize is awarded on 14th October. You can read more about the entries here.
Bruce Campbell Chooses to Self-Publish
That’s right – cult actor and star of the Evil Dead movies, Bruce Campbell, is choosing to self-publish his next book. When asked by random website 1428 Elm why he’d chosen not to go down the traditional route (as he has with previous books), he replied, “If I’m doing most of the leg work, writing and promoting, I should get most of the money. It doesn’t work that way in publishing.”
So there you go. Everyone’s getting in on it these days. You can read more about Bruce’s book (as well as his movie work) here.
SPF Drinks at NINC 2019
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that SPF would be holding a drinks event in Tampa Bay, Florida in the coming weeks. Well, we have not just a date, but a venue too!
Join Mark, John, James and me (Young Tom) on Thursday 26th September from 19:00 at the Shark Tooth Tavern (5500 Gulf Blvd) for some free drinks and free chat.
Don’t blame us if we’re already sunburned by then.
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