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Should You Track Word Count While Writing a Novel? Yes, No, and Maybe So

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday June 15, 2016

If you eavesdrop on a conversation between writers, it’s easy to mistake talk about craft for something else. Marathons, maybe.

“I had such a slow day. Only 500 in two hours!”

“Mine went well. I topped 2000 before lunch!”

What are these writers despairing or gloating over? Word count. Some authors—particularly those high-stepping their way through a fantasy, romance, or mystery series—count words every day as a way of meeting their deadlines.

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A Tale of Two Cultures: Children's Publishing in France and America

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday June 15, 2016

French and American children’s book publishers gathered on June 9 for the Franco-American Children’s Book Publisher Conference at the French Embassy in New York City. The event was the second of its kind to be held at the embassy, following a conference last year focused on Franco-American comics and graphic novel publishing. Panelists from both France and America spoke about the children’s book industry in their respective countries, challenges relating to publishing works in translation, as well as differences of aesthetic and content in French and American children’s titles. The conference culminated with an evening presentation by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who honored Françoise Mouly, publisher of Toon Books.

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The Best Writing Advice I Ever Got

motto.time.com – Tuesday June 14, 2016

On my honeymoon, as my wife and I were sitting in a piazza in Italy, she asked me: “What would you regret never having done on your deathbed?” Before I could think twice, I said, “Writing a novel and getting it published.”

“When we get home, you need to start taking two hours a day to make it happen,” she said. And that was that. I had shared with her my deepest anxiety, and now I was on the hook to overcome it.

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UTA Hires TV Lit Agent Rina Brannen

deadline.com – Saturday June 11, 2016

Brannen comes from the Rothman Brecher Agency, where she was an agent in the TV lit department for the past three years. She began her career as an assistant in the Motion Picture Literary department at CAA then went on to work for various producers and filmmakers before joining the Gersh Agency, where she worked as agent for two years.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 10, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes Young Adult, New Adult, and Middle Grade. Always on the lookout for new, dynamic, and fresh voices. Send query by email with word count, brief author bio (100-200 words), one-page synopsis, and first 3-5 chapters. See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 8, 2016

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

Publishes literary criticism, cultural studies, poetry and fiction. Send submissions by email. See website for separate email address for submissions of criticism.

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2 Productivity Tips From 2 Superfast Writers

forbes.com – Monday June 6, 2016

I am a writer. I write slowly.

This is a problem, because I am a writer.

About a year ago, I tracked my productivity and learned that I write on average 500 words per hour. Most professional writers produce at least twice that amount.

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Writers in all-night coffeeshop lockin to get creative juices flowing

theargus.co.uk – Monday June 6, 2016

WANNABE writers will shut themselves into one of the city’s most novel creative spaces overnight later this month for a dusk-til-dawn writing event.

The “All Night Write” at 88 London Road - formerly the Emporium - will close its doors at 10pm sealing writers in the coffee-house-cum-theatre and not reopen them until six o’clock the following morning.

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National Poetry Anthology seeks submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday June 6, 2016

The National Poetry Anthology is seeking submissions of poetry from across the UK by June 30, 2016.

Entry is free and over 100 winners will be selected this year. Each will receive a free copy of the book. One overall winner also gets £1,000 and a trophy to keep for life. 

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Could Publishers and Agents Agree on a Flat Royalty Rate?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday June 4, 2016

Since e-books became a crucial source of revenue for publishers six years ago, the royalty rate on the format has been an ongoing bone of contention between authors (and their agents) and publishers. While authors and agents have stood firm on their position that the standard rate of 25% (which refers to the percentage of net profits authors receive on e-books sold) must change, publishers haven’t budged. Could a flat royalty system, in which one rate is used across formats, be a solution? Though some industry members believe a single rate could simplify a complicated royalty structure, agents said the move wouldn’t address the real problem: authors being shortchanged on the profits from their e-books.

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