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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Architecture; Arts; Biography; Literature; Short Stories; Translations; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Prefers online approaches, but will accept paper submissions by post. Include SASE if return of material is required. Does not respond to email queries unless interested.

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Digital isn't dead for book publishers - we're just waking up from the first hangover

thebookseller.com – Monday August 21, 2017

In 2010 Steve Jobs announced another killer product that would propel tech companies, publishers and consumers into an exciting new era. The iPad launched tablet devices into the consumer consciousness in a way which few would have believed possible at the time. Now with over 40% of the worldwide population believed to own at least one tablet and 91% a smartphone, smart devices are here to stay.

So why did so many book apps fail to work?

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What it's like writing about sex for over 60s

stuff.co.nz – Monday August 21, 2017

I haven't lost my libido. Mislaid it at times, perhaps, but not completely lost it. Possession of a SuperGold Card doesn't swipe away the sensual senses and sensations of a good old burst of lust, or so they tell me.

But when you're a woman over 60, sex becomes a standing joke in stand-up comedy repertoire. It's OK for guys over 60 to talk about it, just not women. And especially not in front of the children, even though they've got their own offspring now and clearly know what it's all about.

Imagine the horror then, having a mother who writes about it.

Writing fiction takes quite a bit of courage – exposing aspects of yourself, your fantasies, your innermost thoughts. Writing sex scenes takes even more courage. And writing sex scenes for over 60s requires an extra layer of tact.

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Can you teach someone to write a bestseller? Judging by the Faber Academy’s record, the answer is yes

standard.co.uk – Thursday August 17, 2017

With 62 publishing deals and a glittering roll call of alumni, it’s rapidly earning a reputation as the book world’s fame school. Patricia Nicol finds out its secrets.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 17, 2017

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

For poems by women. Submit up to four poems, up to 200 lines total, by post only. Poems must be unpublished and not out for submission elsewhere. See website for full guidelines.

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My fellow authors are too busy chasing prizes to write about what matters

theguardian.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

There are at least two reasons why almost every anglophone novelist feels compelled to get as near the Booker prize as they can. The first is because it looms over them and follows them around in the way Guy de Maupassant said the Eiffel Tower follows you everywhere when you’re in Paris. “To escape the Eiffel Tower,” Maupassant suggested, “you have to go inside it.” Similarly, the main reason for a novelist wanting to win the Booker prize is to no longer be under any obligation to win it, and to be able to get on with their job: writing, and thinking about writing.

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Poetry anthology for Grenfell Tower

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

An anthology of poems is being compiled which respond to the Grenfell Tower tragedy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

The collection will be published by Eyewear in December 2017.

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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.

[See the full listing]

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