HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR AUTHORS AND READERS

To all our Authors  and followers

All at ShieldCrest would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your custom over the years and for giving us so much enjoyment with your books.

It has been another exciting year for us having experienced bumper growth and we are always amazed at the amount of writing talent there is and are pleased to have played our part in helping get your work published. We value your kind comments and appreciation expressed as we strive to retain our position as the number one independent UK book publisher for price, quality and service and we hope you continue to be satisfied with our work on your behalf.

The directors and staff at ShieldCrest wish all our authors and followers  a Very Happy Christmas and hope 2019 brings you joy and good health.

With Very Best Wishes

From all at

ShieldCrest Publishing Ltd.

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New book by Author and Poet Glynn Sinclare.

We are happy to announce the new title from author and Poet Glynn Sinclare.

Following the success of her book, The Emigrants, Glynn has writen her new book “Poetics – Book of 100 peoms” which is due out at the end of this month and features illustrations from Limmerick artist Joyce Shee, amongst others.

Watch this space for launch.

Man Booker Prize finalists announced.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist was selected yesterday (20th September 18) by a panel of five judges: the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

The six finalists are:

Anna Burns (UK) for The Milkman (Faber & Faber)
Daisy Johnson (UK) for Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
Esi Edugyan (Canada) for Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)
Rachel Kushner for The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
Richard Powers for The OverStory (William Heinemann)
Robin Robertson for The Long Take (Picador)

Daisy Johnson, 27, is the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the prize which is excellent news for any young budding authors out there.

The shortlist, which features four women and two men, covers a wide range of subjects, from an 11 year-old slave escaping a Barbados sugar plantation, to a D-Day veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Leanne Shapton, renowned Artist, writer and graphic novelist, “The recurring theme overall is different forms of trauma whether it’s to our environment or to the mind.”

The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall, at a dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the cultural world. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC.

For more information visit @manbookerprize on twitter

The Freeze Theory – Lisa Okello

As previously advertised, this book is from our youngest author to date, The Freeze Theory has been writen by 11 year old Lisa Okello.9781912505197

Lizzie used to live a normal life as a school girl until someone ruined it. That someone was Professor M. Samuels. When Professor Samuels announces that he’ll randomly pick someone to be his test subject, Lizzie is chosen and she’s not happy about it. Will her life go back to normal, or will it just keep getting weirder and weirder?

For more information and to purchase your copy please click HERE

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The Smell Of Apricots and other stories – Dominic O’Sullivan

Introduction The Smell Of Apricots a collection of short stories, the new title from seasoned author Dominic O’Sullivan. In 2009 Dominic published his first collection of short stories ‘Swifts’ of which the title story was performed as a play in the Chocolate Factory, North London. A number of the short stories, New Wave, Birdsong, A Dash of Soda, Undercover, The Open Window, Portal and Dreams, have been performed at the ADC and Boathouse Theatre, Cambridge as part of their annual season of monologues, duologues and short plays.

Synopsis:

How about a trip to confession?9781912505081

What’s happening in both sides of Germany?

A trip to the coast could perhaps change your life. And why have bird impressions suddenly become popular?

All is revealed in this varied collection of short stories. In this collection ‘Elemental’ was performed at The Black Hostelry in Ely in May 2018.

Available now.

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Apples New iOS 12 has a new Books App

With the forthcoming release of its new operating system for phones and tablets, iOS 12, Apple is signaling a new emphasis on digital book and audiobook sales. iOS 12 is set to hit the US in the Autumn with the new Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries. This will replace Apple’s old iBooks app with a new Apple Books app.

According to Apple the new e-book app will offer an enhanced reading experience and will make book discovery easier.

A new set of tabs at the top of the app will create what the company is touting as a “virtual nightstand,” and highlights the current book you are reading, as well as those books you want to read. The Books app will have the following tabs:

  • Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new “Want to Read” section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are interested in. “Complete the Series” or “You Might Like” present books based on those you have recently finished.
  • Library displays your full collection of books with large cover art, including the books downloaded to your device. There is also a “Finished” timeline of books you have read in the past with the dates you finished them.
  • Book Store allows you to browse all titles available on Apple Books, with categories such as Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. You will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in “For You.”
  • Audiobooks allows you to browse all audiobook titles available on Apple Books.
  • Search

“Apple Books will inspire a love of reading—it puts a world of books and audiobooks right at your fingertips, whether you want to dive into your favorite story for a couple of minutes or a few hours,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior Vice President of Internet software and services. “This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.”

Some distinct features of the new books app include the ability to swipe between titles while browsing in the store, and a timeline that tracks your reading. The latter displays the books you have read, and when you finished them.

We shall wait to see how Samsung and Android respond.

Watching The Cost Of Paper

We have been keeping a close eye on costs of paper and read a recent article on Publishers Weekly which charts the rise of paper in the US.

We all know that inevitably it will ripple across the water to the UK and have a direct effect on the cost to produce books and printed matter generally, this rise, if it continues, will of course see the off the shelf cost of books rising.

The following is an excerpt from Publishers Weekly:

“A recent report by printer Quad Graphics noted that the cost of uncoated groundwork paper rose $35 per ton on February 1 and rose another $25 per ton March 1. Costs have risen in part because of a reduction in supply, as a number of Canadian mills have either closed or, in search of better margins, switched from producing paper to manufacturing other products, such as packaging, explained Matt Baehr, executive director of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute; the institute recently held its annual meeting, which focused on paper issues.

“Supply has also been reduced by an environmental crackdown in China, which has reduced the amount of imports from there, said John Maine, v-p for global graphic paper at RISI (a company that analyzes the forest product market) and a speaker at the BMI conference. Another factor driving up prices, Maine noted, is that the cost of pulp has increased by 25% over the past 18 months. Also adding to the cost is higher transportation charges, as trucking companies cope with driver shortages and higher fuel costs. In the near future, Maine told BMI attendees, “tight markets due to supply cuts, rising costs, and a weaker dollar will push up the cost of paper.”

Complicating the longer-term outlook for paper pricing and supply are tariffs that have been imposed on paper produced in Canada. The tariffs came after the Washington State–based North Pacific Paper Corp. (Norpac) asked the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to investigate imports of uncoated groundwood, which it believed were being subsidized by the Canadian government and/or being dumped in the U.S. at reduced prices. The DoC agreed in its initial ruling, and duties and antidumping penalties ranging up to 32% have already been imposed on Canadian paper imports ahead of a final hearing by the ITC later this year.”

You can read the full article here

At present there is certainly no need to panic but we will continue to keep an eye on things.