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5 ways publishers can (and should) influence the rise of AI

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 24, 2017

The book industry has a key role to play in the development of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is about to eat the world, decimate all our jobs, hack our brains and eradicate the human race... according to many commentators. Fortunately we have time to avert this potential technical apocalypse, and book publishers and authors are in a good position to step up and play an important role.

Here are the top five areas where publishers can take a part in this key moment of technological and human evolution.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 24, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; Reviews; Scripts; 
Areas include: Adventure; Biography; Crime; Design; Drama; Entertainment; Gothic; Historical; Hobbies; How-to; Humour; Leisure; Literature; Photography; Politics; Psychology; Romance; Self-Help; Short Stories; Sociology; Spiritual; Theatre; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; Family; Youth

We publish only unpublished pieces of art. Work published on personal blogs are however considered.

A new startup to introduce new poets and authors with an online journal published monthly. We are currently running an online journal. With time we have plans to switch to the print journal. However, the copyright stays with the author of the text. We have no problems with simultaneous submissions, so long as we are informed about the use elsewhere. And naturally, we shall inform you if and when your contribution goes to the press.

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How to avoid clichés in your writing

poynter.org – Tuesday May 23, 2017

Roy Peter Clark writes, "Clichés can multiply and take over your story like text-eating bacteria."

Playing your cards close to your vest…whistling past the graveyard…minding your p’s and q’s…facing the music…toeing the line…putting your nose to the grindstone…swimming against the tide…

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Short story publisher aiming to put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture. Stories should be between 1,500 and 8,000 words. No micro-fiction or novellas. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Horowitz's UK publisher says it did not warn author off creating black character

thebookseller.com – Monday May 22, 2017

Anthony Horowitz's children's publisher, Walker, has said it would not instruct authors on whether or not to include characters of a different race or background in their books. Walker's assertion follows Horowitz's claim he was "warned off" by publishers from writing a black character in an upcoming book out of concern it would be "inappropriate" for him as a white writer. 

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Fast, Cheap, and Good: What Publishing Compromises Are You Making?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 20, 2017

When I worked in publishing in the late 1990s, my boss often repeated the business maxim, “Fast, cheap, and good—pick two.” This is the belief that it’s impossible to produce something of high quality very quickly and at low cost. Companies have to prioritize two of these and sacrifice the third.

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A Guide to Writing Guides

nytimes.com – Saturday May 20, 2017

If I had to guess, I’d say there are about 85 million books about how to write well. (This week, Jim Holt reviews Harold Evans’s “Do I Make Myself Clear?) If you tried to read them all you’d never get around to writing, so I asked some of my most bookish colleagues for their favorites in the genre.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 18, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online LGBTQA journal publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific, and writers from all backgrounds are welcomed. Submit fiction or creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words, or up to five poems (no line limit, but under 40 lines preferred), via online submission system. For book reviews and interviews, email editor with proposal. See website for full guidelines.

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The Value and Virtue of Good Writing (Rule No. 7: Don’t Be a Bore)

nytimes.com – Wednesday May 17, 2017

Have you heard of Harold Evans? Sir Harold Evans? Of course you have. He is one of the greatest and most garlanded editors alive. Now in his late 80s, Evans emerged from a working-class Welsh family in the provincial north of England to make his reputation as an ambitious young newspaperman. From 1967 to 1981 he was helmsman of The Sunday Times of London, which he turned into a powerhouse of investigative journalism. Leaving The Times after he clashed with its officious new purchaser, Rupert Murdoch, Evans soon moved to the United States. By the 1990s he had become head of Random House, where he edited the books of eminences like Norman Mailer and Henry Kissinger. Subsequently he himself wrote several popular books on American history. He is married to Tina Brown, the erstwhile editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Harry and Tina are Manhattan’s ultimate editorial “power couple.” One imagines that, after the last guest has left one of their glittering Sutton Place soirees, their pillow talk abounds in terms like “stet,” “transpose” and “delete.”

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How to Use Satire in Writing

thelondoneconomic.com – Wednesday May 17, 2017

Satirical writing probably seems like a very challenging thing to attempt, especially if you are an inexperienced writer. But, you can use satire in writing once you learn how. Of course, understanding that satire is comedic criticism will more than likely help you in the process?

You will see satirical writing aimed at current news and other broad topics that most people are well-aware of them. It means that before you can start writing whole satire pieces, you will have to ensure that you are up to date on the headlines. Imagine that you will be attempting to write for Saturday Night Live (SNL) as they regularly poke fun at the day’s top stories.

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