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A MONSTER CALLS Inspires 'The Monster Challenge' Creative Writing Challenge

broadwayworld.com – Monday January 20, 2020

Calling young aspiring writers! This spring, Sally Cookson's critically acclaimed stage production of A Monster Calls heads to Coventry as part of a brand new UK tour, and to celebrate, the company has launched a creative writing competition open to young people aged 10-25.

Based on the award-winning children's novel by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd, A Monster Calls tells the story of 13-year-old Conor O'Malley, who is visited by a monster while struggling to cope with his mother's illness. Over the course of several nights, the monster tells Conor stories that help him to face up to his fears.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

An independent micro publisher focusing on poetry of an experimental / weird / surreal / cerebral nature. See website for current submission opportunities.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Nonprofit literary press championing poetry, fiction, and essays. Accepts submissions through its annual competitions, for which an entry fee must be paid.

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8 Publishing Insights Revealed By Last Year’s Top 50 Bestselling UK Books

forbes.com – Sunday January 19, 2020

Every year, plenty of publishing pundits offer up advice on what sells, what doesn’t, and how an author can best climb the rankings themselves. And, every year, there’s really just one way to know for sure what works: Taking a deep dive into the most recent bestsellers and examining the data for insights into what titles people are actually buying.

The Guardian's John Dugdale has published a UK-centric list of the top 50 best-selling titles of 2019, and author Chris McCrudden has used the raw data available in that article to figure out a few more insights, which he shared in a Twitter thread on the topic.

So what books did the British public open their wallets for in 2019, and what can the data tell us about what might sell in 2020?

Here are the biggest insights and analysis that McCrudden came away with.

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Which best-selling book series are penned by more than one writer?

news.sky.com – Sunday January 19, 2020

Lee Child has quit the Jack Reacher series and asked his brother to write them - so which other authors have done a similar thing?

The author of the best-selling Jack Reacher novels has revealed he is stepping aside and letting his brother write them.

After the move by Lee Child - whose real name is James Grant - Sky News takes a look at authors who have used other writers to take over their bestselling series.

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How Three Bestselling Authors Boost Book Sales By Writing Collaboratively

forbes.com – Friday January 17, 2020

I previously posted part one of my interview with bestselling authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White about their new jointly authored historical novel All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris (William Morrow). Today, they share how writing as a trio affects their solo books and fuels their creativity, as well as the impact on book sales and advice for writers who want to collaborate on novels.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Electronic journal, published quarterly. Submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through online submission system. Accepts submissions between October 1 and June 1 annually.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sheila Crowley

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

"My list is primarily quality fiction, psychological suspense thrillers and books in the personal development and mindfulness area. Narrative memoir, especially Irish ones, are also on my wish list."

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Book Publishers Settle Copyright Battle With Audible Over Captioning Service

mediapost.com – Thursday January 16, 2020

Seven book publishers have settled a lawsuit with Amazon's Audible over a captioning service that could allow people to read along while listening to books, according to court papers filed this week.

Settlement terms have not yet been revealed. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in the Southern District of New York, who presided over the litigation, officially dismissed the matter Tuesday. 

The move brings an end to a high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Hachette, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Chronicle.

They argued in a complaint filed in federal court last August that Audible's captioning service could directly compete with their own physical books and e-books. Hachette and the others alleged the service would infringe their rights by “taking copyrighted works and repurposing them.”

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Submissions are now open for the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

qmul.ac.uk – Thursday January 16, 2020

From 15 January to 1 June 2020, the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize will be receiving submissions from around the world. The competition is open to any writers who have not yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background. The grand prize of £1,000 is available in each category: Fiction, Life Writing, and Poetry.

In addition to the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse Award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy, worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow their writing careers.

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