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News Roundup: Discworld colouring books, Rowling gets rejection response, and New books from Lauren DeStefano


‘Sup bookworms? How’s your week so far? We know what you’re thinking, “it would be better if we could have all the latest bookish news in one bitesized chunk.”

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Well, we hear ya! Here’s some of the best bits of news from the literary world so far this week. Enjoy!

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Lauren DeStefano, author of ‘The Chemical Garden’ series and ‘The Internment Chronicles’ pens new duology.

Announced on the author’s own Instagram showing a picture of an article from Publisher’s Weekly, fans were delighted to find out about ‘The Glass Sphere’. “a banished princess who holds the power to crystallize living things – including humans – with a touch.” Eeks! The first book is set for release in Autumn 2017. Max excite!

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‘Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book’ is coming this August!

Ready your felt-tips and sharpen those pencils. This is not a drill. Paul Kidby will be doing the illustrations for it, a guy that also happened to be Sir Terry’s artist of choice. Huzzah! Leave no page uncoloured, friends.

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Publisher responds to J K Rowling’s rejection tweet.

So in our last news roundup we wrote about how J K Rowling was sharing some of her rejections for ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ online. Well, now one of those publishers who rejected her have responded…

They accepted that it was done for a good cause; to encourage new and aspiring writers, and the Severn House chairman even added some advice of his own: “Publishing history is littered with these sorts of stories and I think Harry Potter was rejected several times before being published. I would suggest writers try to find a good agent. Publishers tend to look through submissions from agents first.” True dat.

And, in a nutshell, that’s it! Got a piece of news you think we should have mentioned? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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