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Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge.

Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it will contain more than 20,000 stories and books.

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Publishers need to help foster a love of reading

thebookseller.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Publishers need to work harder at creating the need for books as a product, rather than focusing on their brands, delegates to The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference have heard.

Speaking during a panel entitled ‘Is our business like show business?: What we should (and shouldn’t!) learn from other industries', Chris McCrudden (pictured), strategy director at Golin PR, said that publishers should “create the need for product before they create the need for brand”, adding that at the moment that there are “lots and lots and lots of little campaigns trying to get you to buy a particular book, but nothing trying to get consumers to buy books in general”.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 27, 2016

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: How-to; Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online journal publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, articles on the craft of writing (both practical and inspirational), interviews with established writers, literary agents, editors, etc. excerpts from traditionally published works, photography and artwork. Submit online via website.

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Books are making a comeback as sales rise again

theaustralian.com.au – Sunday June 26, 2016

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” Luckily for dreamers and writers such as British ­storyteller Neil Gaiman, respon­sible for that quote, the printed book lives on.

Just as Michael Bodey wrote last week of the rude good health of the radio industry, against all expectations, the traditional book is making a comeback. Last year, for the first time in nearly a decade, book sales rose in Australia — by 2.4 per cent to $979 million. Add $410m in education sales and leading Australian publishers are starting to see a way through the digital disruption of the past ­decade.

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How to Start a Freelance Writing Career for $0

sitepoint.com – Saturday June 25, 2016

You’ve heard the old saying: “You have to spend money to make money.” That’s true in almost every field of work, whether you want to open a restaurant or start a blog. The problem? Some people with entrepreneurial spirits have just enough to get by and not a penny more. Not everyone has a good amount of dispensable income to spend to start a career.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 24, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry, essays / creative nonfiction, reviews, art and photography. Submit up to five poems per issue. See website for upcoming issues and submit appropriate work by email.

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Writing the Other: intensely practical advice for representing other cultures in fiction

boingboing.net – Thursday June 23, 2016

For more than a decade, science fiction and fantasy writers have handed around Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward's Writing the Other, an intensely practical and thoughtful guide to inclusive, representative writing that includes people of genders, ethnicities, races, and orientations other than the writer's.

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Former Orion editor Silk becomes literary agent

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 23, 2016

Former Orion editor Julia Silk is forging a new career path as a literary agent in association with MBA Literary Agents.

Silk, who has worked as an editor for 15 years, most recently with Orion, will be building her own client list with a focus on commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, extending to accessible literary fiction "if a voice really grabbed me".

She is also open to proposals for "platform-driven non-fiction", in the areas of parenting and lifestyle, fashion, style and beauty, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.

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"The Literary Lunch" Podcast Hosts Smith Publicity President Sandy Smith

digitaljournal.com – Wednesday June 22, 2016

Sandy Smith, president of prolific book marketing agency Smith Publicity, was recently invited to join the hosts of the popular Literary Lunch podcast and share her thoughts on book publicity strategies. "The Literary Lunch" is hosted by Laura Rothschild and Sandra O'Donnell, Ph.D., both of whom are literary agents and the co-founders of RO Literary Agency.

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Literary Agent Lindsay Framson Leaves UTA, Joins Kaplan/Perrone As Manager

deadline.com – Wednesday June 22, 2016

Framson had been at UTA for eight years. She started in the agency’s mailroom in 2008 and worked in the TV lit department as an agent for the past four years. Clients who will stay with her in her new role as manager and become clients of Kaplan/Perrone include Justin Brenneman (Quantico), Kyle Flynn, Kathleen Hale, Danielle Henderson (Divorce), Emily Hirshey (The Ranch), Matt Hausfater (Undateable), Deirdre Mangan (iZombie), Morgan Margraf & Jerica Lieberman (Mistresses) and Jack Lawrence Mayer (Single Long).

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