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'Lazy and sloppy': historical novelist Philippa Gregory's bizarre take on genre writing

theguardian.com – Monday August 14, 2017

In a bizarre miscalculation, the historical novelist Philippa Gregory took a sideswipe at the authors of genre novels in an interview with the New York Times yesterday. “Choosing to write a genre novel is like fencing the universe because you are afraid of space,” said Gregory, loftily. “Why does anyone write lazy, sloppy genre novels? The typing alone is so exhausting — surely if you’re going to undertake 150,000 words, you might as well have something interesting to say?”

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Magazines: How print is surviving the digital age

bbc.co.uk – Sunday August 13, 2017

Print sales have been declining for several years as readers find their content online - but now, something unusual is happening.

When was the last time you bought a magazine?

The answer is likely to depend on whether you prefer reading about Theresa May or Taylor Swift.

Magazine sales have generally been falling since the day the inventor of the internet said: "Hey, why don't I invent the internet?"

But the latest ABC figures, released this week, show that sales of certain titles are actually going up.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 10, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Romance; Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Niche; Progressive

Publisher launched in 2017, specialising in inclusive speculative fiction and romance.

We plan to release our first book in late 2017 and are accepting manuscripts.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 10, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Culture; Historical; Humour; Military; Mystery; Nature; Science; Sport
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Commercial; Contemporary; Literary

New York agency, representing narrative nonfiction and fiction. No science fiction, romance, supernatural or young adult. Send query by email, specifically addressing an agent by name. For fiction, include the first few pages. See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 9, 2017

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

Literary journal founded in 1987, publishing online only as of 2013. Publishes poetry and prose by authors from Hawai'i, the mainland, and around the world, on a rolling basis. Accepts poetry, short fiction, and personal essays. Encourages experimental narrative techniques and poetic styles. Send up to three poems or fiction or nonfiction up to 4,000 words, via online submission system.

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The 4 Great Myths of Book Publishing

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday August 8, 2017

Signing a contract with even a brand-name traditional book publisher initially feels like a ticket to Nirvana. You may expect, for example, your new publisher to set you up with a big fat advance, a multi-city promotional tour, your very own personal PR rep and multiple copies of your book on every bookshelf in the nation (and Canada) for as long as you and your book shall live.

But to understand how book publishers really work, study this list of what I call the four great “myths” of traditional book publishing. Then, by all means, proceed to seek out a publisher if that’s your goal but do so with your eyes wide open. Your relationship with your publisher will run much smoother if you recognize its pitfalls as well as its glories.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 8, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult

Represents authors in all genres of fiction and nonfiction. Send query by email only. Response in 6 weeks, if interested. See website for full guidelines.

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Writing in Someone Else’s World

theatlantic.com – Monday August 7, 2017

My first book was not what I dreamed it would be. I started writing professionally when I was in my late 20s, and while I worked my way up from a freelance music journalist to being an editor at The A.V. Club, the non-satirical wing of The Onion, I had one goal: to use all that experience as a springboard toward becoming an author. I had it all mapped out: After years of sacrifice and honing my craft, I would make my triumphant debut, with a book that might not become a bestseller but that’d be respected for its stunning originality and insight into the human condition.

Instead, my first book was The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook. Yes, that Captain Jack Sparrow. As played by Johnny Depp. From The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Based not on an ancient myth or literary archetype, but on a Disney ride. Writing a media tie-in, as works officially attached to other properties are known, wasn’t the start I had in mind. But as many professional authors will attest, the path to publication is rarely the expected one. And my experience writing about the famed Disney pirate—as well as my second media tie-in, a project for the Goosebumps movie—made me think twice about my preconceptions about work-for-hire books. Not to mention those who make them.

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Guy Intoci Leaves Dzanc Books, Michelle Dotter Named Publisher

publishersweekly.com – Monday August 7, 2017

Four years after joining Dzanc Books as senior editor and one year after assuming the position of publisher and editor-in-chief, Guy Intoci is stepping aside this month. By August 15, senior editor and internship coordinator Michelle Dotter will assume the duties of publisher and editor-in-chief of the small press, which is best known for its literary fiction offerings, although it also publishes nonfiction and, occasionally, poetry.

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Digital Staff Writer

holdthefrontpage.co.uk – Saturday August 5, 2017

Insider Media Limited is one of the UK’s fastest growing, regional,  B2B multimedia companies with award-winning magazine and online teams, market leading business events, and an expanding portfolio of information products and services.

We are looking for a Digital Staff Writer to produce creative and engaging regional email news bulletins and contribute rolling business news to the Insider Media web hub.

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