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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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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes books for children and young adults aged 10-18, but first-time authors over the age of 18. Send query by email describing your submission in first instance.

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On writing women

dawn.com – Sunday January 22, 2017

In researching my previous column on the work of Elena Ferrante, I read how certain critics were convinced that the author was actually a man writing under a woman’s pseudonym because she wrote assertively and confidently about the domains of men, especially politics, crime, and violence. In return, Ferrante’s supporters asserted that not only could a woman write well about these domains, but that “only a woman” could know of the secret interior worlds of women and write about them as truthfully and authentically as Ferrante.

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Self-Publishing in 2017: The Year in Preview

publishersweekly.com – Saturday January 21, 2017

As 2017 begins, indie authors and publishers are having to navigate a fast-growing industry filled with new opportunities, but one that also presents challenges related to that expansion. To find continued success in self-publishing, it has become more important to expand the definition of “self-published author” to encompass new roles and new formats.

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