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How do I become ... an ebook writer?

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

After giving up a job commissioning rollercoasters, Tracy Bloom fell in love with novel-writing and now she makes a living from self-published romances.

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What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace 'unprintable' fiction

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

Publisher Anna Gerber isn’t trying to kill off the printed book – she’d just like you to spend a bit more time on your mobile. “We don’t really think the point is to change the way we read,” she says, “but we do like the idea of trying to immerse readers in books on their phones.”

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

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

Quarterly webzine publishing fantastic fiction resembling the work of writers such as Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges. Send stories up to 2,000 in the body of an email. No simultaneous submissions.

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Agency Assistant- Paid Internship

jobs.thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 3, 2016

Bell Lomax Moreton is a literary agency, representing a wide range of distinguished authors and illustrators, writing and illustrating adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

We are able to offer candidates interested in pursuing a career in publishing the opportunity to experience life at the heart of a busy and thriving literary agency. You will work closely with our agents, gaining invaluable first-hand experience of literary and artist agenting, publishing and the media. 

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“So Be It! See to It!” Writers’ Inspiring Manifestos to Themselves

flavorwire.com – Wednesday February 3, 2016

This week, writers have been mesmerized by an unearthed piece of writing by beloved and brilliant novelist Octavia Butler, on display from the Huntington Library. This scrawled notebook page is a manifesto in the truest sense of the word, in that it predated much of the reality Butler ended up making manifest — concluding  with the refrain “So be it! See to it!” and including the exhortation, “I will find the way to do this.”

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Three Brilliant Publishers Doing Things Differently

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday February 2, 2016

The publishing industry has encountered plenty of change in the past decade, most acutely due to the consumers’ mass adoption of digital content, which has been widely reported. Accordingly, the old stalwarts have been forced to adapt in a competitive environment, and this has opened up opportunities for smaller, more agile publishing groups to capitalize and find a niche. Unfortunately, some Goliaths have fallen by the wayside, and we’ve seen many complex buy-outs and mergers as a result of the changing market conditions.

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Three Essential Books That Will Immediately Improve Your Writing

forbes.com – Monday February 1, 2016

So many business accomplishments are dependent on the quality of your writing. And if you’re serious about improving your writing, nothing will help you more than to closely read, actively underline, and diligently apply the lessons you can learn from these three books.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 1, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; Romance; Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult; Youth

Publishes novels between 60,000 and 120,000 words. Send query by email with synopsis and first ten pages in the body of the email. See website for full guidelines.

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The book agent's touch

straitstimes.com – Sunday January 31, 2016

Literary agents are the gatekeepers and tastemakers of the book world, deciding an unpublished manuscript's fate even before a publisher does. No wonder then that Mr Jonny Geller, joint chief executive officer of the Curtis Brown agency, was last year named among Britain's 500 most influential people by long-established society watcher Debretts.

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Call for short poems: BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival April 14-17 2016

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 31, 2016

Short poems are again being sought for display in high street windows over the BIG LIT weekend at the Stewartry Book Festival, April 14-17, 2016.

Poems may be published or unpublished, and should be sent as soon as possible in Palatino 12 point with your name at the bottom, and an acknowledgement if previously published.

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