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How Jonathan Ames Approaches Writing for TV – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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Challenges for Publishers in Uncertain Times – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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