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Will the chatbot novel become a new trend for book publishers?

econsultancy.com – Tuesday November 6, 2018

eBooks and audiobooks are now consumed in their droves, and yet they remain a mere alternative to the traditional paper or hardback book.

And when it comes to marketing, apart from a few juggernauts like J.K Rowling (more on her later), not many authors receive the investment or resources needed for large scale digital or social campaigns.

So, how do publishers tell (and sell) stories to a digital audience? American author James Patterson is the latest author to experiment with a new strategy. He has teamed up with Facebook to release an ‘interactive’ version of his latest novel, ‘The Chef’, on the Messenger platform.

Is it a marketing gimmick, or a glimpse at how we will consume and enjoy books in future? Here’s more.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 6, 2018

Publishes: Fiction
Areas include: Romance
Markets: Adult
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Light; Positive

Publishes wholesome contemporary romances set in small towns and close-knit communities. Interested in feel-good stories with happy endings. No explicit or behind-closed-doors sex, nudity, pre-marital sex, graphic violence, religious, paranormal, or heavy suspense. Submit via online submission system.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 5, 2018

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Criticism; Literature; Short Stories; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online journal publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including personal essays, criticism and art interviews). Submit up to five poems or prose up to 10 pages through online submission system. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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New specialist kids agency launched

booksandpublishing.com.au – Thursday November 1, 2018

Lawyer and writer Justine Barker has launched a new literary agency focusing on children’s and YA books.

Mayfair Literary Agency will represent authors writing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and YA titles, and is only open to Australian writers. The agency is currently accepting submissions by previously published authors, and also has a pre-submission pitching service open to unpublished authors.

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US trade sales increase despite a fall in publishing revenues

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 31, 2018

Publishing revenues declined 1.4% in the US in the first three quarters of the year, despite a rise in trade revenues of 4.4%, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Trade publishing revenues increased 4.4% to $228.3m compared to the same period in 2017 and adult books - the largest category - experienced a rise of 4.4%. Publishers revenue for children’s and young adult books (+3.5%) and religious presses (+7.6%) also increased.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 31, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publisher of fiction for children aged 7 to young adult. Completed works should be at least 25,000 words for younger children, or 40,000 words for children aged ten and over. Open to submissions from both authors and illustrators, but no previously self-published works. Send query by email with brief summary, author bio, and three chapters or first 50 pages. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 30, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Romance; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes contemporary romances up to 50,000 words, featuring strong-but-vulnerable alpha heroes and dynamic, successful heroines, set in a world of wealth and glamour. See website for more details and to submit via online submission system.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 29, 2018

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

Magazine that aims to "expand and promote a progressive working class vision of culture that inspires us and that moves us forward as a class". Submit up to five poems or short stories, essays, or reviews up to 1,000 words by post with SASE for response.

[See the full listing]

We're winning the war on Word, fellow writers. Enjoy the freedom

theguardian.com – Sunday October 28, 2018

In a grim political season, there are signs that journalists are successfully challenging at least one odious tyrant.

In Slate, Rachel Withers has reported that in newsrooms throughout the United States, Microsoft Word is finally giving way to other programs, including Google Docs.

Some of the journalists Withers interviewed mentioned costs – Word may have become cheaper but in straitened modern newsrooms it’s hard to compete with free.

Others mentioned Google’s superiority as a platform for collaborative work. This is true, and it hints at a broader truth – Word is no longer fit for the purposes that many writers and editors need it to fulfil.

Word was launched in 1983. Then it was quite a simple program, running in DOS, and it emerged into a rich ecology of programs designed for writing.

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How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds

atlasobscura.com – Tuesday October 23, 2018

One of life’s great treats, for a lover of books (especially fantasy books), is to open a cover to find a map secreted inside and filled with the details of a land about to be discovered. A writer’s map hints at a fully imagined world, and at the beginning of a book, it’s a promise. In the middle of a book, it’s a touchstone and a guide. And at the end, it’s a reminder of all the places the story has taken you.

A new book, The Writer’s Map, contains dozens of the magical maps writers have drawn or that have been made by others to illustrate the places they’ve created. “All maps are products of human imagination,” writes Huw Lewis-Jones, the book’s editor. “For some writers making a map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their tale.”

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