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The door of perception

Does the publishing industry need to open the way to a new business model? Forward-thinking publisher Clare Christian thinks so.

When I took my first steps in publishing in the summer of 1996 it coincided with an event that, now I look back on it, directly informed the job I am doing today.

That event was the dissolution of the Net Book Agreement, an agreement between publishers and booksellers that set fixed prices for books and made it impossible to discount them. Or at least, at the time, it was the point at which the Booksellers Association stepped back from the discussion around the NBA, leaving the Restrictive Practices Court (a precursor of the Office of Fair Trading) to rule that the Net Book Agreement (established in January 1900) was against the public interest and therefore illegal, in March of the following year.

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EXCLUSIVE this month, with your Writing Magazine: How to Perfect Your Submission - Tips from a Publisher Publisher, author and consultant Scott Pack offers a definitive guide to the publishing package and everything you need to include to give your manuscript submission its best chance of success. AND In this month's main magazine: Check out the latest competitions and opportunities to get published in this month's Writers' News – there's £48,800 in writing prizes to be won and over 40 opportunities to get published. Author advice • We explore ways of getting your writing to new readers, with details of how to run a memorable author event, and how to approach schools to set up school visits. • Should you be happy with a small boutique agency or hold out for a big hitter? • Will your young editor understand your older characters? • The value of listening to your characters Industry insight • Innovative publisher Clare Christian considers whether publishing needs a new business model. • Womag writers are up in arms at new rights terms from Woman’s Weekly. We explain the controversial new terms and their impact. • Why are author incomes falling? Agent Piers Blofeld calls publishers to account. • Where the weird world’s at – explore the fantasy publishing landscape. Interviews and profiles with authors of all levels, including: • Star interview with gangland crime bestseller Jessie Keane, talking about the no-holds-barred approach that makes her Queen of the Underworld. • Chick-lit bestseller Carole Matthews charts her writing day and recalls how she got her first break in Writing Magazine! • Explore the life and career of the father of modern bestsellers – Mark Twain • Novelist Kerry Fisher explains how she straddles the worlds of feelgood fiction and domestic noir