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Why Indie Agency RWSG Sold to WME: "It Felt Like a Crossroads"

hollywoodreporter.com – Friday August 26, 2016

When literary agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett agreed to be acquired by WME, the decision represented a recognition that in a changing market, an independent books-to-film firm — even one as respected as RWSG — might not have the resources needed to thrive.

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New edition of Writers' Handbook

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 25, 2016

The 2017 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2016 edition, and over 500 brand new entries.

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The Ends of the World: a call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 25, 2016

" ‘We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling,’ we wrote seven years ago in the Dark Mountain manifesto. ‘All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history.’ When we wrote those words they were, to many, highly debatable. They seem less debatable today. The world is changing faster than ever, and a sense of powerlessness is spreading. All over the world now, it seems, people are turning their minds to the big question: what happens now?"

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 23, 2016

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Adventure; Crime; Erotic; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Thrillers; Westerns
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Traditional

A full service literary agency for authors of fiction. We eagerly work with new and established authors to get their works published in both traditional and eBook formats. 

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WME Acquires Literary Agency RWSG

yahoo.com – Tuesday August 23, 2016

WME has acquired Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG) Literary Agency, the talent agency announced on Monday.

Founded in 2000, RWSG works with authors and writers of film and television to help bring their stories to the screen. Many iconic works of literature have been adapted through RWSG, including the upcoming films “The Girl on the Train” and “The Snowman,” and previously “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Its television projects include “The Leftovers,” “Olive Kitteridge,” and the upcoming “Berlin Station.”

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The authors writing erotic literature for young adults

bbc.co.uk – Tuesday August 16, 2016

The phrase "mummy porn", used to describe Fifty Shades of Grey and its imitators, dismissed the predominantly female readership.

But the world of erotic literature is far wider than the phenomenon created by EL James and it appeals to many young adults.

Kay Jaybee writes a variety of erotica but is best known for her "more full-on, whips and chains" stories.

When she writes, she pictures her reader as someone like her, in her 40s.

"When I look at my sales figures, that's about 50% of my readership," Kay, who prefers to be referred to by her pen-name, tells Newsbeat.

"The other 50% are 18 to 26-year-olds. I guess they maybe do have a little bit more free time and may well be experimenting themselves.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday August 15, 2016

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

Nationally circulated literary review. Send 4-6 poems or essays or short stories up to 8,500 words. Address material to appropriate editor.

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The Inevitable Death of Traditional Book Publishers

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday August 13, 2016

Traditional book publishers. They were once known as the titans of the book publishing industry. In the Baby Boomer era, self-publishing was an unknown concept. You needed a traditional publisher if you wanted the best chance to succeed with your book.

During that time, there was significantly less competition for publishers and authors, meaning more book sales for both parties.

Over time, traditional publishers (especially The Big 5) gradually started to exploit authors by offering lower royalties and seizing the author’s publishing rights.

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Twelfth short story contest winners announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 11, 2016

After much deliberation, firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Twelfth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2015 and closed on May 1, 2016.

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The Global Golden Age for Independent Publishers Has Begun

digitalbookworld.com – Wednesday August 10, 2016

A number of years ago, I predicted the publishing and bookselling industries would follow a boutique model, with the large and small and little in between. Note: this also applies to other industries, in most part due to the digital age and today’s customer.

Book sales would be split between higher priced print books, for which the margin would be found, and low price digital books, which would provide the mass quantities. Bookstores would be split between the large chains with the budgets and economies of scale, and a wide range of independent bookstores that successfully built and became indispensable to their communities. Likewise, publishers would consist of the huge conglomerates with the advertising and bargaining power, and a vibrant independent publishing sector in touch and adaptive to the book buying community.

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