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Challenges for Publishers in Uncertain Times

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 1, 2016

The demise of print has been famously and erroneously predicted for years. In the early 1990s, the CEO of a major professional publisher announced that “print is dead.” To his credit, he publicly recanted that statement several years later. Despite the incredible advances in digital technology and new opportunities for selling e-products, print sales have remained the bread and butter of almost all publishers.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 30, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Erotic; Romance; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Mainstream

Publishes mainstream general fiction, romance, and erotica. Send first three chapters or complete short story if under 15,000 words, as RFT file by email. See website for full guidelines.

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The ins-and-outs of good writing: how great novelists tackle a sex scene

inews.co.uk – Thursday September 29, 2016

About three years ago, The New York Times asked a group of novelists to give their views on whether it was possible to write convincingly about sex. By far the most thoughtful contribution was from Edmund White, who has written powerfully about gay sex in several of his books. He began: “Sex is our most intense form of communication in a language no one can decipher or interpret.”

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ATX Accepting Submissions For Pitch Competition & Writing Program

deadline.com – Thursday September 29, 2016

The Pitch Competition gives burgeoning writers the opportunity to pitch their ideas to ATX’s studio and network partners and have their scripts read by top executives. Writers must submit a 90-second video pitch of their scripted idea, along with a 10-page script sample. Following three rounds of judging, the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to pitch live at the ATX Television Festival, which runs June 8-11 in Austin, to a panel of industry professionals who will choose one winner. The winner have the chance to pitch his or her idea to ATX’s studio and network partners, have their script read by top executives, sit in on a current-series writers room and meet with a top showrunner. Click here for more information on how to submit.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 29, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Culture; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Small magazine publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis). Original, unpublished work only (no self published or online published material). No simultaneous submissions. Submit online via website between October 1 and May 1 only.

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Why Is Self-Publishing Still a “Last Resort?”

goodereader.com – Wednesday September 28, 2016

The digital publishing revolution, such as it was, had many facets. There was the birth of the take-anywhere traditionally published ebooks, the hope of educational reform through bells and whistles digital textbooks, and perhaps most important of all, the self-publishing arm that allowed anyone to write, publish, and potentially sell a book. But in the space of the few years since ebooks took off in a big way, it might be self-publishing that has undergone the most transition.

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Publishers Weekly is looking for a full-time copy editor

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 27, 2016

Publishers Weekly is looking for a full-time copy editor who is highly organized, dedicated to detail, and passionate about grammar, punctuation, and fact checking.

Candidates must have at least two years of copyediting experience and thorough knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style. The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience copyediting, preferably at a weekly or daily publication (deadlines are crucial); knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe InCopy, and K4; experience working with digital media; and familiarity with the book publishing business.

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Dow: Children's publishers must think 'beyond the book'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 27, 2016

"Publishers need to think beyond the book" to other media such as YouTube and Snapchat, and ensure everything they do has "the consumer at its heart”, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s Francesca Dow has said.

Speaking at the Bookseller’s Children’s Conference taking place at Milton Court in London today (27th September), Dow said that publishers needed to consider the “complete story” of their publishing.

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5 Writing Tips From Creative Powerhouse Tavi Gevinson

bustle.com – Saturday September 24, 2016

Writers talking about writing is usually a 50/50 deal. Either their words are powerful and shed new light on an act we thought was so simple, or else it's so sterile and heartless that you're reminded how terrible learning how to write can be. The good news is when it's good it's great and probably better beyond that. Some writers have inspired generations with their words of wisdom and vulnerable introspections about their writing journey. One such person — who is presumably far from the end of her journey — is Tavi Gevinson.

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Don’t Try to Make a Living Writing Short Stories

wired.com – Saturday September 24, 2016

MICHAEL SWANWICK IS one of the most acclaimed fantasy and science fiction short story writers around. The author, who recently released the short story collection Not So Much, Said the Cat, has won the World Fantasy Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and is the only person to win five Hugo Awards in six years. But even with all those accolades, writing short fiction has definitely not made him rich.

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