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Writers step in to defend author accused of plagiarism in New York Times

theguardian.com – Thursday October 12, 2017

More than 70 authors, including Pulitzer prize winners Jennifer Egan and Louise Glück, have come to the defence of the editor and poet Jill Bialosky after she was accused of plagiarism, saying that Bialosky’s “inadvertent repetition of biographical boilerplate was not an egregious theft intentionally performed”.

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Stanton and Pocklington form The North agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 11, 2017

Literary agents Mark Stanton and Kevin Pocklington, formerly of Edinburgh-based Jenny Brown Associates (JBA), are starting a new agency based in Newcastle called The North.

They will be joined by literary agent Allan Guthrie and freelance editor Julie Fergusson, while Jenny Brown and Lucy Juckes are to remain at JBA.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 9, 2017

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

Literary magazine and website that supports artists taking their first steps in the world of publishing. Join online community for free in order to submit work. Selected works from those submitted to the online community will be chosen for print publication and receive payment. Also runs competitions.

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Romance Novels Have A Major Diversity Problem, According To A Study From The Ripped Bodice Bookstore

bustle.com – Saturday October 7, 2017

According to a new study conducted by romance novel bookstore The Ripped Bodice, romance novels have a major diversity problem. Booksellers Leah and Bea Koch examined the catalogs for 20 publishers, and compiled the data in an infographic that alleges that less than 10 percent of the romance novels they published in 2016 were written by authors of color. The study only focused on traditional publishers, and does not include data for self-publishing and other non-traditional publishing methods.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 4, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Beauty and Fashion; Cookery; Crime; Design; Health; Historical; Lifestyle; Mystery; Psychology; Romance; Self-Help; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Popular

Send query by email only, with first chapter (fiction) or first ten pages (nonfiction) in the body of the email. Attachments will not be opened. No queries by phone.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 3, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Horror; Psychology; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Online magazine, publishing fiction, short stories, micros, flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, in the horror genre. Aims to offer something new within the genre, with a focus on the psychological aspects of horror. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Authors hit out at World Book Day for picking too many celebrity writers

telegraph.co.uk – Tuesday October 3, 2017

Top children's authors have hit out at World Book Day for picking £1 titles by a "clutch of celebrities" for next year's event. 

In a post online David Almond, author of Skellig, wrote that "the nation's children are being shortchanged" by the decision to include four celebrity names among the ten chosen books.

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Audiobook Revenues Up Again

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

While e-book sales continue to disappoint, audiobooks are going strong. In the first four months of 2017, audiobook revenues increased almost 30% compared to the same period in 2016.

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The Publishing Entrepreneur Who Has The Technology To Find The Next J.K. Rowling

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

What turns a great story into a bestselling book? Is it good connections in the publishing world, dogged perseverance, or luck? The question has frustrated authors for decades, including the likes of J.K. Rowling whilst seeking a publisher for her 'Harry Potter' book, and a conclusive answer has remained as elusive as ever, up until now.

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9 Books On Writing That Will Help You Conquer The Toughest Cases Of Writer's Block

bustle.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

Ask any successful author for advice, and they will all tell you the same thing: to be a great writer, you have to be an avid reader. While its important to stack your TBR pile with the world's greatest works of prose and poetry, it's also essential to include books about the craft itself if you want to improve your writing. From style and grammar guidebooks to insightful essays from the world's best writers, these reads will help you work through even the toughest case of writer's block.

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