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Greg Jackson: 'Writing a novel is like an interminable family vacation'

theguardian.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

"Hello?” Skype blinks across the Atlantic to reveal Greg Jackson in his Brooklyn apartment on a boiling afternoon. One of his characters may use the video chat app to keep in touch with her “dysphoric” dogs, but the debut author confesses he’s unused to such communication himself. And though he’s warm and forthcoming, with the air of a slightly worried Buddha, he does seem a little cautious.

This is unsurprising for a number of reasons – he’s new to media scrutiny, he describes himself (and the other writers he knows) as a “stay-at-home introvert”, and Skype is a peculiar way to talk. But caution, qualification and a keenness to include nuance seem to be part of his style as a person. And they are also characteristic of his striking debut short-story collection, Prodigals, for which the US National Book Foundation last week named him as one of five writers under 35 expected “to make a lasting impression on the literary landsape”.

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Open Call for Poetry Submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in December 2016.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets Mark WhelanKevin ByrnePatrick Bourke, Knute SkinnerThomas McCarthy,Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary CollJo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr and Mary O’Donnell.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Historical; Humour; Short Stories; Suspense; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Literary publisher of poetry and fiction. Unable to accept unsolicited mss, but will make an effort to answer all brief queries.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 5, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit prose up to 15 pages, or 3-5 poems, between September 15 and May 15 annually, by post with SASE or via online submission system on website.

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How Jonathan Ames Approaches Writing for TV

splitsider.com – Tuesday October 4, 2016

Jonathan Ames began his career writing novels and performing in small theaters around New York City before landing a job writing and starring in his own pilot for Showtime. As a newcomer to running his own TV show, Ames acclimated himself to the fast-paced position through on-the-job training. After creating and working on three seasons of the HBO cult classic Bored to Death, Ames moved to STARZ to help develop and oversee the Seth MacFarlane-produced Blunt Talk, a comedy centered around popular TV newsman Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart). Blunt Talkpremiered its second season last night and Ames appears to have found his rhythm as a showrunner. He approaches each season of the show by constructing an “idea document” which is later molded into ten scripts. I spoke with Ames about what it’s like writing comedy for Patrick Stewart, the difference between crafting novels and television scripts, and working on a talk show with Moby.

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How writing an audio-first novella changed John Scalzi’s writing process

theverge.com – Tuesday October 4, 2016

Audiobooks are more popular than ever, and as more people listen to novels on their phones or computers, publishers are beginning to experiment a bit more with the form. One example is John Scalzi’s The Dispatcherwhich arrives today from Audible. The novella is debuting as an audiobook months before a print edition, and presented some interesting opportunities for its author.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 4, 2016

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

UK-based webzine publishing poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word and image pieces, and poetry reviews. Send 4-6 pieces by email only. Also accepts unsolicited reviews of poetry and short story collections. See website for full guidelines.

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Big Data’s Power to Innovate Content and Enhance Reader Engagement

digitalbookworld.com – Monday October 3, 2016

Consumption habits across industries, spanning different products and services, are evolving dramatically in the digital era. And the book publishing sector is not immune to these winds of change.

Like film, music and other forms of content, books, too, are undergoing a major transformation in terms of both development and distribution, thanks to rapidly changing customer expectations. Empowered readers today demand an intuitive user experience, as well as personalized, engaging and interactive content, for both academic and non-academic books.

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Writers Remembering

myneworleans.com – Sunday October 2, 2016

How many television programs are celebrating 50th anniversaries?”

The answer, of course, is “hardly any.”

But, a magazine celebrating a 50th anniversary isn’t unusual, according to Dr. Samir Husni, Director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism. Husni – known as “Mr. Magazine” – is decidedly bullish on printed publications.

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This startup is a social media platform for writers and publishers – Kalaage

knowstartup.com – Saturday October 1, 2016

While we have a number of social media platforms, there are very few where authors and publications can interact and connect, to share their articles, stories, poems, views, comments, etc.. One startup that has understood this problem and is working towards a potential resolution of the same is Kalaage. Kalaage is a social network platform exclusively for authors and publications to interact and send the work to magazines and newspapers present on the platform for direct publishing.

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