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Diana Beaumont leaves UTA as it winds down UK literary operation

thebookseller.com – Friday January 6, 2017

Literary agent Diana Beaumont is leaving the United Talent Agency (UTA) to join Marjacq Scripts Ltd, bringing her clients with her.

The move, which follows the departure of Juliet Mushens to set up her own agency with Robert Caskie and Sarah Manning's shift to the Bent Agency this week, has coincided with UTA's decision to wind down its literary operation in the UK, The Bookseller can confirm.

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Rights Agent

jobs.thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017

A wonderful opportunity to be a key player in a vibrant literary agency with a reputation for launching the careers of debut writers on a global level. 

Madeleine Milburn Ltd is looking for a highly organised, proactive and dynamic Rights Agent to join the agency's Mayfair office.  The successful applicant will be an avid reader, have excellent attention to detail, strong pitching skills and a willingness to get involved with everything at this boutique yet highly successful, expanding agency.

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AllRomance.com's sudden closure hits authors hard

theguardian.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017

One of the biggest genre ebook distributors in the US has closed suddenly, leaving thousands of authors in the UK and US out of pocket. AllRomance.com and its sister company OmniLit are the latest casualties of the downturn in the market for digital books.

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Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice

wildhunt.org – Wednesday January 4, 2017

The new year has been rung in and resolutions have been made and, for many, high on the list of resolutions is to finish writing a book and have it published. This is, would be their first attempt at becoming a professional author. While there are many resources devoted to the budding writer, there isn’t much specific to publishers who work with Pagan, Heathen, and other occult topics.

The Wild Hunt spoke with several publishers about the kinds of books that they are looking for this year and what common mistakes prevent a book from being accepted. They offer some helpful and direct advice for budding authors.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017

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

Publishes fiction. Send cover letter and up to 30 pages or three chapters of your work via online submission system.

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Entries open for comedy writing contest

chortle.co.uk – Sunday January 1, 2017

Entries have opened for the first comedy writing award set up in honour of Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs.

Comedy producers, performers and friends of the writer contributed to a memorial trust. which is now offering a £500 first prize to the winner of this competition.

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Tributes paid to agent David Miller

thebookseller.com – Saturday December 31, 2016

Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.

In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December.  David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.

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The Kindle Effect

fortune.com – Friday December 30, 2016

Consider the metamorphosis of self-publishing. For decades it was dismissed as the desperate refuge of authors rejected by publishing houses, wannabes who paid a fee to a musty vanity press that would dutifully typeset their words and transform them into a few boxes of books that the “writers” could hand out to their friends.

Today, thanks to ebooks and Amazon (AMZN, -2.02%), self-publishing is a global phenomenon—an independent route intentionally chosen by more and more authors—that has spawned not only mega-bestsellers like Fifty Shades of Grey, but also hits in other realms, such as the movie version of The Martian. Ebook self-publishing has become a $1 billion industry.

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Make this the year you finally write your book

mprnews.org – Friday December 30, 2016

According to a New York Times op-ed from over a decade ago, "81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them."

If that's still true today, there's almost 200 million American adults roaming the country, dreaming of the novels and memoirs and cookbooks they have yet to write. If even a quarter of them ever move on to the actual writing stage, our bookstores are going to explode.

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Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?

9to5google.com – Thursday December 29, 2016

Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…

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