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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 10, 2017

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

Publishes poetry that disturbs and enraptures. Has had award-winning success publishing LGBTIQ authors, but is an inclusive publishing house welcoming all authors, regardless of sexual orientation or identity. Open to submissions from march 1 to June 1 annually.

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8 Tips From Authors To Make Your Writing More Inclusive

bustle.com – Thursday February 9, 2017

Now, more than ever, we need diverse books. We need to read and promote the writing of marginalized authors, or the literary world is going to become one big wash of books about white boys and their dogs. Or middle aged white English professors and their teenage girlfriends. Now is the time to diversify your library. And, if you're a writer, now is the time to make your own writing more inclusive.

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Books are back because Amazon likes them

ft.com – Thursday February 9, 2017

Ten years ago, as Jeff Bezos launched the Kindle ereader in New York, he declaredthat “the book is so highly evolved and so suited to its task that it’s very hard to displace”. Amazon’s founder was right: this spring, despite the digital upheaval unleashed by the Kindle, it will open a bookstore in Manhattan.

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Read all about it: print might be on rise but book sale figures incomplete

post-gazette.com – Sunday February 5, 2017

At first glance, it was surprising news from the recent Digital Book World conference in New York City: Traditional hardcover book sales had overtaken e-book numbers for the first time since 2012.

That’s according to Jonathan Stolper, senior vice president and global managing director for Nielsen’s book ratings, in a keynote address to the conference two weeks ago, as reported by Publishers Weekly.

Indeed, another recent report from the Association of American Publishers noted print sales showing year-to-year growth from January through August. Old-school print, it would appear, was making a comeback.

Skeptics, however, were quick to note you can’t judge a book sales analysis by its cover.

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How print beat digital in the book world

straitstimes.com – Saturday February 4, 2017

If the media industry needed proof that it moved too quickly to devalue its print products on the way to chasing digital audiences, the book industry has been making a convincing case in the last few years. The rise of print book sales and decline in e-books in 2015 was no accident. Last year, the trend continued, and self-publishing in electronic form no longer seemed as good a bet as in previous years.

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7 Details to Consider When Writing Historical Fiction

authorlink.com – Wednesday February 1, 2017

I’ve always considered myself a history buff and have written quite a few historical fiction novels requiring exhaustive amounts of research. Creating believable historical fiction means getting facts straight and making sure that your research and imaginative input inspires the most plausible, complex plots and characters you can possibly bring to life. Here I lay out the top 7 components you need to think about when writing historical fiction.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday January 27, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Mystery; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes quality mysteries, thrillers, and literary books in eBook and audiobook formats.

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Winners of the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition announced

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 24, 2017

firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winner and special commendations in its Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, which closed on November 1, 2016.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 24, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Literary; Mainstream; Traditional

We are a small independent publisher. We create ebooks, paperbacks and magazines. Read more in our blog. 

Work submitted that is considered good is published on the website as our 'short list'. From the website, we pick the best of the best and put those stories in a quarterly magazine. At the end of the year, we pick the best stories from the magazines and put them in a book. Everything gets sent off to various competitions. The magazines go to the O. Henry Awards and the best stories in the book go to the Pushcart Prizes.

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Fiction and poetry submissions invited for new issue of magazine

firstwriter.com – Monday January 23, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the latest issue of its long-running literary journal, firstwriter.magazine.

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. This 30th issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Twelfth International Short Story Contest, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here. If you'd like to enter your work in the Thirteenth International Short Story Contestclick here.

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