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Authors hit out at World Book Day for picking too many celebrity writers

telegraph.co.uk – Tuesday October 3, 2017

Top children's authors have hit out at World Book Day for picking £1 titles by a "clutch of celebrities" for next year's event. 

In a post online David Almond, author of Skellig, wrote that "the nation's children are being shortchanged" by the decision to include four celebrity names among the ten chosen books.

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Audiobook Revenues Up Again

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

While e-book sales continue to disappoint, audiobooks are going strong. In the first four months of 2017, audiobook revenues increased almost 30% compared to the same period in 2016.

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The Publishing Entrepreneur Who Has The Technology To Find The Next J.K. Rowling

forbes.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

What turns a great story into a bestselling book? Is it good connections in the publishing world, dogged perseverance, or luck? The question has frustrated authors for decades, including the likes of J.K. Rowling whilst seeking a publisher for her 'Harry Potter' book, and a conclusive answer has remained as elusive as ever, up until now.

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9 Books On Writing That Will Help You Conquer The Toughest Cases Of Writer's Block

bustle.com – Sunday October 1, 2017

Ask any successful author for advice, and they will all tell you the same thing: to be a great writer, you have to be an avid reader. While its important to stack your TBR pile with the world's greatest works of prose and poetry, it's also essential to include books about the craft itself if you want to improve your writing. From style and grammar guidebooks to insightful essays from the world's best writers, these reads will help you work through even the toughest case of writer's block.

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5 Writing Tips: Harlan Coben

publishersweekly.com – Saturday September 30, 2017

Working off my Rule 3, I'm going to skip boring you with a long introductory paragraph and get straight to it:

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 28, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Historical
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Contemporary

Particularly interested in historical fiction, contemporary YA, literary fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. No adult and YA paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, romance, thrillers, mysteries, or picture books. Send query by email with first ten pages. Only makes personal response if interested.

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Michael Ondaatje opens archive to reveal his writing methods

theguardian.com – Monday September 25, 2017

An image of a drunken Oxford party that Michael Ondaatje clipped from a magazine and stuck into a notebook would, years later, inspire a scene in The English Patient, according to the novelist’s archives, which have just been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ondaatje, in an interview with the Center’s director Stephen Ennis, said he writes around four drafts of a book by hand before moving it on to a typewriter or computer and then “reworking it, printing it out, rewriting it by hand”.

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Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

techcrunch.com – Monday September 25, 2017

Inkitt, which bills itself as “the world’s first reader-powered book publisher,” has raised $3.9 million in pre-series A funding, in a round led by Redalpine, with Frontline Ventures, Speedinvest and a number of private investors also participating. The Berlin-based startup is part writing and reading community, and part publishing house, with one aspect feeding the other.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 25, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Adventure; Anthropology; Antiques; Archaeology; Architecture; Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Design; Entertainment; Film; Gothic; Historical; Hobbies; Literature; Men's Interests; Military; Music; Mystery; Nature; Philosophy; Politics; Science; Short Stories; Sociology; Sport; Thrillers; Translations; Travel; TV; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Commercial; Contemporary; Experimental; In-depth; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Progressive; Serious

Literary agency set up by a former bookseller, offering writers a new perspective on finding the right publisher for their work. Keen to find writers with something to say about society today and particularly looking for storylines that showcase voices and communities that have tended to be overlooked by the publishing world, although that should deter no-one from sending their writing.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 25, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Horror; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Dark; Literary

A not-for-profit online supernatural horror (global) literary magazine. We feature: poetry, prose, fiction, flash fiction, art and photography. We accept submissions from writers and artists of all ages from all across the globe. They must be at least 13 years old.

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