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Fast, Cheap, and Good: What Publishing Compromises Are You Making?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 20, 2017

When I worked in publishing in the late 1990s, my boss often repeated the business maxim, “Fast, cheap, and good—pick two.” This is the belief that it’s impossible to produce something of high quality very quickly and at low cost. Companies have to prioritize two of these and sacrifice the third.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 18, 2017

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

Online LGBTQA journal publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific, and writers from all backgrounds are welcomed. Submit fiction or creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words, or up to five poems (no line limit, but under 40 lines preferred), via online submission system. For book reviews and interviews, email editor with proposal. See website for full guidelines.

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How to Use Satire in Writing

thelondoneconomic.com – Wednesday May 17, 2017

Satirical writing probably seems like a very challenging thing to attempt, especially if you are an inexperienced writer. But, you can use satire in writing once you learn how. Of course, understanding that satire is comedic criticism will more than likely help you in the process?

You will see satirical writing aimed at current news and other broad topics that most people are well-aware of them. It means that before you can start writing whole satire pieces, you will have to ensure that you are up to date on the headlines. Imagine that you will be attempting to write for Saturday Night Live (SNL) as they regularly poke fun at the day’s top stories.

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10 Things I Learned From Writing My First Novel By L F Robertson

femalefirst.co.uk – Tuesday May 16, 2017

Writing Two Lost Boys, my first novel, was a long process, and it taught me a lot, not only about how to write, but about why I wanted to and what I hoped to say through my book. The list that follows tends toward the practical, the things I learned about the craft.

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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

theguardian.com – Saturday May 13, 2017

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday May 12, 2017

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

Magazine focusing on excellence in the arts from a diverse perspective.

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New £10,000 award for indie publishers launches

thebookseller.com – Thursday May 11, 2017

The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent publishing, has been set up by Arts Council England to recognise the contribution that small publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness, innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.

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Can a course teach you how to write a bestseller?

inews.co.uk – Thursday May 11, 2017

Two industry players are offering novel-writing courses. They don’t guarantee you’ll get published, but they can teach would-be authors a lot. Sophie Morris reports.

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Literary agents aren't dead: Shark Tank for books

chicagonow.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017

The publishing landscape is rapidly changing. In the past, any aspiring author needed a publisher and landing a publisher almost always required a literary agent. This has changed with the rise of self-publishing, BUT it's important to keep things in perspective. I'm writing this series (part one here) to give ideas to writers (including myself) on how to navigate the new terrain while also doing somewhat of a myth buster on the notion that literary agents are now somehow extinct.

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Religion Publishers See Growth in Children’s Books

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017

New research shows that storybook Bibles, board books, and children’s devotionals are among the most popular books on the market in religion today, and Christian publishers are taking heed.

NPD BookScan presented a report at the 2016 Children’s Book Summit that revealed a compound annual growth rate of 4% in the children’s market from 2004-2015. (At the time the report was issued, BookScan was owned by Nielsen; in January, NPD Group acquired the research company.) Children’s religion book sales have jumped 22% from 2013-2016, according to BookScan (which tracks roughly 80% of print sales). The same report indicated that 11 of the top 20 bestselling religion titles from 2015-2016 were board books, while six were Bible storybooks.

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