Summer reading with the launch of Saumya Balsari's new book, catch Authoright CEO Gareth Howard at BEA, and publishing news from the past week.

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Summer Reading

After the huge success of her first novel The Cambridge Curry Club, our author Saumya Balsari, releases her eagerly awaited second novel next week. Summer of Blue is a story set among the spires of Cambridge, sunny Mumbai and the shadows of war-torn Afghanistan and is an off-beat narrative of love, loss and longing – a story of teenage angst and the pressures of modern life. 

Milly’s brother is missing and presumed dead in Afghanistan, but she refuses to give up faith, and believes he is still alive. When she turns seventeen in the summer, she begins to write a journal and makes three wishes, hoping they come true by her eighteenth birthday: get her brother Neel safely home, get into Cambridge University and get a boyfriend. But life is anything but predictable. 
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BookExpo America underway

BookExpo America (BEA) opened its 2013 Fair on Thursday 30th May, with publishers vying for the attention of booksellers, literary agents negotiating hard over rights, and authors and industry members attending talks and seminars over the three days of the fair. 
Saturday sees the uPublishU event; a packed day of advice from top industry experts for authors thinking about self publishing. Make sure you turn up early for the 'Tools of the Trade' seminar featuring a panel of experts that includes Authoright CEO Gareth Howard. This seminar is a self publishing 101, taking the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the self publishing landscape, and giving practical advice on how you can kick-start your self publishing career. Gareth and the rest of the publishing industry panel will be available to answer your burning questions about the best way to go about publishing your book.
'Tools of the Trade' is held in Room 1E07 at uPublishU, at 3pm. You can get a last-minute ticket for uPublishU here.


ALLi calls on literary world to open up to Indies

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has launched a campaign to encourage professionals throughout the book industry to embrace independent writers, and to work more closely with them. ALLi has set up the ‘Open Up to Indies’ petition with which they hope to target libraries, booksellers, literary events, and book reviewers, encouraging them to accept the credibility of self published titles, and to work more closely with independent authors. Self publishing is no longer ‘vanity publishing’ and independent writers are producing work of merit, with self published best-sellers becoming a regular phenomenon; it’s time that the industry began to accept this, and to work with those authors as they do with traditionally published writers.


Amazon steps up publishing platform

Amazon has launched a website dedicated to its publishing platform. The website includes a list of their various imprints, including ones dedicated to children’s literature, non-fiction, and translated works, among others. The retail giant is promising its authors editorial collaboration, strong PR and marketing support, and access to its global marketplace of readers. This move forward will no doubt encourage big publishers to rethink their approach to what they offer authors; with advances for first-time authors a thing of the past, and many new writers disgruntled about the lack of marketing support, traditional publishers will have to think up new strategy for winning over new talent.

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