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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

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

An independent micro publisher focusing on poetry of an experimental / weird / surreal / cerebral nature. See website for current submission opportunities.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

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

Nonprofit literary press championing poetry, fiction, and essays. Accepts submissions through its annual competitions, for which an entry fee must be paid.

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Which best-selling book series are penned by more than one writer?

news.sky.com – Sunday January 19, 2020

Lee Child has quit the Jack Reacher series and asked his brother to write them - so which other authors have done a similar thing?

The author of the best-selling Jack Reacher novels has revealed he is stepping aside and letting his brother write them.

After the move by Lee Child - whose real name is James Grant - Sky News takes a look at authors who have used other writers to take over their bestselling series.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

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

Electronic journal, published quarterly. Submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through online submission system. Accepts submissions between October 1 and June 1 annually.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sheila Crowley

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

"My list is primarily quality fiction, psychological suspense thrillers and books in the personal development and mindfulness area. Narrative memoir, especially Irish ones, are also on my wish list."

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Book Publishers Settle Copyright Battle With Audible Over Captioning Service

mediapost.com – Thursday January 16, 2020

Seven book publishers have settled a lawsuit with Amazon's Audible over a captioning service that could allow people to read along while listening to books, according to court papers filed this week.

Settlement terms have not yet been revealed. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in the Southern District of New York, who presided over the litigation, officially dismissed the matter Tuesday. 

The move brings an end to a high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Hachette, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Chronicle.

They argued in a complaint filed in federal court last August that Audible's captioning service could directly compete with their own physical books and e-books. Hachette and the others alleged the service would infringe their rights by “taking copyrighted works and repurposing them.”

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Submissions are now open for the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

qmul.ac.uk – Thursday January 16, 2020

From 15 January to 1 June 2020, the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize will be receiving submissions from around the world. The competition is open to any writers who have not yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background. The grand prize of £1,000 is available in each category: Fiction, Life Writing, and Poetry.

In addition to the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse Award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy, worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow their writing careers.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 16, 2020

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Mystery; Suspense;
Markets: Adult

Publishes mystery and suspense novels only. Accepts approaches via post or email. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Amazon Publishes Books by Top Authors, and Rivals Fret

wsj.com – Wednesday January 15, 2020

When Dean Koontz’s book contract expired last year, his stature as one of the country’s top-selling authors made him a hot target for several major publishing houses. He chose Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.48%

It was a surprising move because it means his new books likely won’t appear in retail stores, which generally boycott Amazon AMZN -0.47% -published titles. But Mr. Koontz is banking on Amazon’s vast retail machine to get his work to readers, whether in physical or digital formats.

“Maybe I won’t be in some stores or make the New York Times best-seller list, but I’m willing to take that risk and I think we’ll sell more books in all formats,” Mr. Koontz said.

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Children/YA Sales Rose, Adult Sales Fell in October

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday January 15, 2020

Sales in the children/young adult category jumped 20.9% in October over October 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. The increase was led by the performance of Wrecking Ball, which helped lift sales of hardcovers, where sales rose 29.3% over October 2018. Sales of paperbacks increased 21.7%. For the first 10 months of 2019, sales in the children/young adult segment were up 9.9% over the comparable period of 2018.

Sales of adult books did not perform nearly as well as children/young adult. In October, sales fell 3.7% as sales of all formats except trade paperback (up 3.2%) and downloadable audio (ahead 16.3%) fell. The mass market paperback category had a particularly bad month, with sales tumbling 38% compared to October 2018.

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