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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday April 22, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Historical; Religious; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes children's fiction and nonfiction relating to the Jewish experience. No animal stories, romance, violence, preachy sermonising, or elements that violate Jewish Law. See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday April 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Submit 3-6 poems or one piece of fiction by post or through online submission system. No fixed length restrictions, but rarely publishes short shorts or fiction over 25 pages. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Job opening: Acquiring Editor

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday April 19, 2016

To acquire 15 to 18 new books a year and to follow each book through development and delivery, and then assist the team in editing, design, production, marketing and publicity, and sales. To seek out the best books in Timber’s categories (gardening, nature, and regional), as well as to find books that help Timber broaden its commercial appeal in a variety of categories.

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Red Line Book Festival calling for submissions from authors and publishers

intallaght.ie – Tuesday April 19, 2016

Red Line Book Festival, the festival funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts, are now calling for submissions from authors and publishers. This year’s festival will take place from October 12th-16th in venues across South Dublin County. The closing date for submissions is April 27th.

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Are most romance novels badly written?

theguardian.com – Monday April 18, 2016

Isabel Allende more than annoyed crime fiction writers a couple of years ago when, after writing her first mystery Ripper, she said that “I’m not a fan of mysteries” because they are “too gruesome, too violent, too dark; there’s no redemption there”. Instead, Allende said, she decided to “take the genre, write a mystery that is faithful to the formula and to what the readers expect, but it is a joke”.

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Can creative writing be taught? Irish authors give their answers

irishtimes.com – Monday April 18, 2016

“Why are you here? Why aren’t you sitting at home writing?” John Steinbeck once asked a group of students he was tutoring in the art of fiction. As with other crafts, his point was that writers learn to write by writing. You don’t become a good cook by reading recipes, you don’t learn to drive by watching Top Gear, and you don’t sit in a classroom and emerge a few semesters later with the formula to the next Booker.

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The sweet rewards of self-publishing

echo.net.au – Monday April 18, 2016

Innovative self-publishing company Captain Honey are partnering with Byron Writer’s Festival to provide a venue at this year’s event exclusively for self-published authors.

The marquee will be an opportunity for self-published authors to showcase and sell their books, share their experiences and insights into the process with the public, and meet other self-published authors. Ahead of their Information night at the Byron Writer’s centre on Wednesday, Roz Hopkins of Captain Honey answered a few questions about the project and how authors can get involved.

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My writing day: Hilary Mantel

theguardian.com – Saturday April 16, 2016

Some writers claim to extrude a book at an even rate like toothpaste from a tube, or to build a story like a wall, so many feet per day. They sit at their desk and knock off their word quota, then frisk into their leisured evening, preening themselves.

This is so alien to me that it might be another trade entirely. Writing lectures or reviews – any kind of non-fiction – seems to me a job like any job: allocate your time, marshall your resources, just get on with it. But fiction makes me the servant of a process that has no clear beginning and end or method of measuring achievement. I don’t write in sequence. I may have a dozen versions of a single scene. I might spend a week threading an image through a story, but moving the narrative not an inch. A book grows according to a subtle and deep-laid plan. At the end, I see what the plan was.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday April 15, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews

Areas include: Criticism; Literature; Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Send fiction up to 5,000 words, or poetry of any length (prefers to see at least three pages). Also publishes critical essays, books reviews, and review essays, but query by email before submitting nonfiction.

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Kobo Expands Kobo Writing Life Services

digitalbookworld.com – Thursday April 14, 2016

Kobo announced Wednesday the expansion of its Kobo Writing Life services for self-published authors, which include cover design, ebook conversion and copyrighting.

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