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The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey ... children’s books boom

theguardian.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Once upon a time, nine-year-old bookworms used to curl up with Little Women, or burrow under the bedclothes with a torch to read Swallows and Amazons after hours. Childhood reading was an idyll in a walled garden and books forever shaped the landscape of our minds.

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Sundress Academy for the Arts Applications for Spring Artist Residencies

sundressacademyforthearts.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists' residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more for the Spring of 2018. Each residency includes a room of one's own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet. The length of a residency can range from one to three weeks. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for our spring residency period, which runs from January 1st to May 6th, 2018. The deadline for spring residency applications is September 10th, 2017.

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New magazine planned for young women aged 12-19

stampington.com – Saturday September 2, 2017

In 2018, Stampington & Company is planning to launch a new title to being Bella Grace to a new generation of young women.

The title will be called Bella Grace New Generation, and will feature the same inspirational content as Bella Grace, but geared towards girls aged 12-19.

The publishers are currently looking for the following people to help themlaunch their new title:

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DHH Literary Agency to hold second pitching round

thebookseller.com – Saturday September 2, 2017

DHH Literary Agency is holding its second round of pitching sessions for unrepresented writers in November.

With a view to finding new clients, and following its first successful session held in April this year, five agents will be available for a 10-minute slot for an individual writers to pitch their story and receive "honest and valuable" feedback. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 27th November at Browns on St. Martins Lane in central London.

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London Startup Uses Technology To Open Up The World Of Book Publishing

forbes.com – Friday September 1, 2017

Emmanuel Nataf has a simple mission: “I want more people to share their ideas with the world.”

That’s why three years ago, the Frenchman moved to London and co-founded Reedsy, a curated marketplace for authors to find publishing professionals to help bring their book to life.  While Paris may have Station F now, Nataf saw opportunity in the British capital thanks to the concentration of publishers, writers, and investors.

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Akbar to edit online literary magazine for Unbound

thebookseller.com – Friday September 1, 2017

Unbound is launching an editorially-independent online literary magazine dedicated to long-form writing, edited by former Independent literary editor Arifa Akbar, and titled Boundless.

Created in part to counter the diminishing space in traditional media, the magazine will launch this autumn as part of the Unbound website and will focus on "long, well-written pieces" (2,000 to 3,000 words) by authors and critics, covering a broad range of subjects.

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Sarah Mills, Writing Methodology, Tone and Pace, and Tips for Budding Writers

goodmenproject.com – Thursday August 31, 2017

Sarah Mills is a Writer and Editor at Conatus News, as well as a personal friend with whom I have written some articles. Here is a short interview with her.

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Thirteenth short story contest winners announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 31, 2017

After much deliberation, firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Thirteenth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2016 and closed on May 1, 2017.

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Stephanie Wolfe Murray, publisher – obituary

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Stephanie Wolfe Murray, who has died aged 76, co-founded the influential Scottish publisher Canongate Books and kept it afloat through regular financial crises for some 25 years.

Though Scottish publishing had a distinguished history in the 19th century, by the early 1970s there were only really two publishers which could accurately be called Scottish: Chambers, which primarily produced dictionaries, and Bartholomew, the mapmakers.

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Howard Kaminsky, Publisher With a Best-Seller Sense, Dies at 77

nytimes.com – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Howard Kaminsky, who honed his instincts for publishing commercially successful books at scrappy Warner Books and parlayed that sense into high-level positions at Random House and Hearst, died on Saturday in Manhattan. Mr. Kaminsky, whose authors included Richard M. Nixon and Donald J. Trump, was 77.

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