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Harry Potter and the Minotaur’s Rage: how fanfiction got me into writing

newstatesman.com – Wednesday May 25, 2016

My fanfiction was almost uniformly awful, like most of the things I did or liked when I was becoming myself.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 25, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Culture

Markets: Children's

Publishes picture books, multicultural books, poetry, picture books and information books. Submit by email. See website for full guidelines.

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Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore

flavorwire.com – Monday May 23, 2016

Books by self-publishers and small presses are eating the Big Four's market share.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, a report by the Association of American Publishers’ shows that overall publishing industry sales fell by 2.6% last year when compared to figures from 2014. Now that we have a clearer picture of the industry’s struggles in 2015, we can tell that sales declined in five of the seven major markets. The only industry segments to show improvement, in fact, were adult books and books from religious presses, which increased sales by 2.2% and 1.2% respectively. Overall industry revenue fell from $15.82 billion in 2014 to $15.41 billion in 2015.

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Writing a book with your dad is hard. It's harder if your dad is Thomas Keneally

theguardian.com – Monday May 23, 2016

There’s a thick and slightly battered volume on my bookshelf, with a line drawing of a man in a deerstalker hat. The book, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, has an inscription on the cover page. It reads: “To Meg, who has made and will make great fantasies of her own. Love, your father.” The date he has written is that of my 12th birthday.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 23, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Autobiography; Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Send up to five poems, creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words, interviews up to five double-spaced pages, or fiction up to 6,000 words, by post or via online submission system. See website for full details and to submit.

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The new digital model that treats books like magazines

thebookseller.com – Saturday May 21, 2016

The digital revolution has been something of an asteroid for the whole publishing industry, but it has presented particularly gnarly challenges to libraries, colleges and schools. 

How to transfer collections from the stacks to the screen? How does digital lending work, both practically and financially? Which texts would publishers be willing to digitise, and which would languish in analogue ignominy on the shelves?

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What's Next for Hybrid Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 21, 2016

In 2012, I cofounded She Writes Press with a clear vision for what our press would be, but without a clear definition. We were creating something that combined self-publishing and traditional publishing, curating the books, and placing a strong value on editing and design, but without author platforms or a particular sales threshold driving our publishing decisions. Because our model is author subsidized, we were decidedly not traditional publishing, but we were not self-publishing either.

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What makes bad writing bad?

theguardian.com – Friday May 20, 2016

Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or lethargic, or boring because nothing really happens. If I give you a 400 page manuscript of an unpublished novel – something that I consider to be badly written – you may read it to the end, but you will suffer as you do.

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Job Zone: Editorial Assistant, Peter Lang Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Friday May 20, 2016

Peter Lang is seeking an energetic, highly organized, and independently motivated individual to support our publishing program as a full-time editorial assistant in our New York office. This assistant will be supporting three acquisitions editors in the disciplines of Education, Media Studies, and Cultural Studies/History/Literature.

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Staff Pick: ‘Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century’ edited by Kurowski, Miller and Prufer

publishersweekly.com – Friday May 20, 2016

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century is an unusual anthology. It’s a collection of 20 essay by literary tastemakers, publishers, writers, and what might be called “thought-leaders” about the ways publishing has changed since the turn of the millennium. It has been, as you’ll recall, a big sixteen years, with the rise of Amazon, the economic downturn, the closure of many, many bookstores, the popularization of e-books, and much more. These are all topics we’ve been discussing and debating within the book biz for years, and covering here at Publishers Weekly. But this isn’t a book about that discussion, exactly; it’s about that discussion from a particular perspective: that of the “literary” publisher, writer, and reader.

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