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Freight Books: liquidator takes control of award-winning Scottish publisher – Tuesday October 31, 2017

A liquidator has been appointed for the troubled publisher Freight Books, a one-time star of the Scottish publishing scene that was named Scottish publisher of the year in 2015.

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Hollywood and book publishers are turning to this online platform for their next '50 Shades of Grey' – Monday October 30, 2017

Wattpad is an online platform where users upload their own stories, making it popular for romance novels and fan fiction.

Anna Todd began writing "After," a One Direction-inspired fan fiction, on Wattpad. After being read 1.5 billion times, she's scored seven-figure movie and book deals.

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New Literary Agency Listing – Monday October 30, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Crime; Historical; Humour; Lifestyle; Military; Mystery; Nature; Politics; Romance; Sci-Fi; Self-Help; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; Travel; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Contemporary; Literary; Satirical

See website for individual agent preferences and select one to submit to. Send query by email with first 15 pages pasted into the body of your email. Approach only one agent at a time.

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A.I. Take a Surprisingly Successful Stab at Writing Horror Fiction – Friday October 27, 2017

Scientists working on A.I. development are at least trying to make sure our future machine overlords aren’t subject to the same flaws and negative habits that plague us flesh-and-bone humans. But there are some grotesqueries of the human mind we might like A.I. to emulate—for art’s sake.

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Why it’s scary writing ghost stories – Friday October 27, 2017

Once upon a time, this was a nation of seances, spiritualists and spirit photography. Britain was thick with ghosts and the Victorians knew how to speak to them, and see them. The writers of the time were quick to seize on this interest. Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell were among those who wrote ghost stories — as did many others in the popular periodical presses of the time.

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Hemingway's Writing Tip That Will Save You Time and Energy – Friday October 27, 2017

When it comes to writing a book, there are many reasons to emulate the masters. Proust famously wrote in bed, while Joan Didion took an hour before dinner to read that day's writing with a drink in hand. Most authors have a strict schedule for writing days that they adhere to without question. But if you're not Proust or Didion, rather a first-time author, you may be overwhelmed by the process of writing a book. We can look to another literary great, Ernest Hemingway, for some useful advice for managing the writing process.

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New Magazine Listing – Friday October 27, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and prose from authors interested in the creation, sharing, and transmission of ideas, imaginings, and experiences. Send prose up to 3,500 words or poetry up to two pages with SASE. See website for full guidelines.

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Fast-Growing Page Street Ventures into Children's and YA Publishing – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Will Kiester never seems to lose his easygoing demeanor, even while describing the breakneck speed at which Page Street, his Salem, Mass.-based publishing house, continues to grow. Sales are up 20–30% this year; title output is up to 70 from 34 in 2015. New office space is being added to accommodate it all and, he added, he already needs more.

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Here's The Pitch Publishers Rejected When J.K. Rowling Was Trying To Get "Harry Potter" Published – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling blessed us all when she released the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which is truly a worldwide phenomenon.

Rowling also hasn't been secretive about her prior struggle to get the series published, saying she received "loads" of rejections from publishers.

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Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

By Joey Eschrich
Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University – Wednesday October 25, 2017

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is proud to announce our Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. 

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