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Wise named new AAA president – Thursday January 21, 2016

Senior agent at Curtis Brown, Gordon Wise, has been elected president of the Association of Author's Agents (AAA), following the end of current president Sam Edenborough's term.

Wise, who won the Bookseller Book Industry Awards Agent of the Year gong last year, has served on the AAA committee since 2012.

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Sell a Door launches youth writing programme – Monday January 18, 2016

Touring theatre company Sell a Door has launched a writing programme for young people to create new drama inspired by south-east London.

Ten successful applicants aged 16 to 25 will join writing and producing workshops at Greenwich Theatre over the course of 10 months, and will also visit a number of theatre productions across London.

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Self-Publishing Preview: 2016 – Saturday January 16, 2016

In 2015, self-publishing saw a number of high-profile success stories. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Redemption became the first novel by an indie author to find shelf space at Walmart, and Andy Weir’s The Martian, originally self-published, was released as a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake received major traditional media coverage and was reviewed in the New York Times (albeit after it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and picked up by Graywolf Press), and such writers as Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Deborah Bladon, and Tijan saw their indie books reach the New York Times digital bestseller list. Crowdfunding also continued to be a popular platform, with dozens of publishing projects successfully funded on Kickstarter, covering everything from teaching programming to kids to a Lil Bub picture book.

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Norwich to become literary capital with a National Centre for Writing – Wednesday January 13, 2016

Novelists, including recently published, Benjamin Johncock have welcomed the news that Norwich is to open a National Centre for Writers in the city's Dragon Hall.

Norwich has long provided literary inspiration for writers such as Rose Tremain, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Anna Sewell and Tracy Chevalier. And the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA course has an alumni of dozens of award-winning authors.

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National Centre for Writing project in Norwich granted £900,000 – Friday January 8, 2016

Backed by major writers including JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood and Anthony Horowitz, plans to open the National Centre for Writing, in Norwich – a first in the UK – have moved closer to fruition after the project was awarded a grant of almost £1m. The project is being organised by the Writers’ Centre Norwich, a literature development agency.

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Michael Hamilburg, Hollywood Literary Agent, Dies at 82 – Thursday January 7, 2016

Michael Hamilburg, a veteran literary agent and producer, died Jan. 1 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Susan, said. He was 82.

His father founded the Mitchell J. Hamilburg Agency with clients that including Gene Autry, Deanna Durbin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo).

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Contest Offers Writing Time in Hemingway Studio in Key West – Wednesday January 6, 2016

Anybody can tour the Spanish colonial estate in Key West, Florida, where Ernest Hemingway lived in the 1930s. Now a new contest is offering one lucky and talented writer a chance to work in the studio where Hemingway wrote.

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XpoNorth invites writers in Scotland to pitch their work over Twitter – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Tomorrow (or more specifically, Wed 6 Jan 2016), a host of literary agents and publishers will be scouring Twitter in the hopes of finding the next big literary thing.

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2016: Crunch time for publishing, its writers and their readers – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Dated today, 5th January, the Authors Guild's open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing's relations with authors.

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Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books – Friday January 1, 2016

Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books.  Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books. 

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