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Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

techcrunch.com – Wednesday July 20, 2016

If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And now, it is available on iOS for $19.99 as well. Scrivener is a flexible and powerful writing app that makes it easier to write long-form stuff — think about it as a sort of writing studio.

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Why theatre is set for greater diversity as publishing lags behind

theguardian.com – Saturday July 16, 2016

British publishing and the stage have a problem with diversity. But when it comes to action rather than words, the theatre leaves book publishing standing. I have been commissioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber to lead research into why few black and Asian actors make it to the stage as he is “deeply concerned” about the lack of diversity, as he said last week.

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Crime writers set to head to Norwich for literature festival

edp24.co.uk – Friday July 15, 2016

Ian Rankin, Peter James, Charlie Higson and Sophie Hannah are among the authors coming to the city for the third Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

The festival will take place from September 15 to 18 with events happening at Writers’ Centre Norwich’s home Dragon Hall, Jarrold, and the University of East Anglia (UEA), as well as a fringe festival across the city.

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Try FocusWriter - the perfect tool for creative writing

techradar.com – Wednesday July 13, 2016

Distraction-free writing software is increasingly popular - searches have increased dramatically over the last year - and it's easy to see why. Social media notifications, email notifications and rolling news updates all compete for our attention. Unread message counts, often highlighted in red, are difficult to ignore and it's all too easy to spend an hour or more attending to other people's requests before getting down to actual work.

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Stop pushing the same 'classic' books on children and trust modern writing

theguardian.com – Wednesday July 13, 2016

I will start by saying: the BBC’s #LoveToRead campaign looks fantastic and I love that it “celebrates reading for pleasure”, and aims to start “a unique national conversation about books”. Nonetheless, among all the planned dramatisations, documentaries and live events, one aspect of the campaign is strangely unadventurous – its list of top 10 books recommended for children.

The list isn’t a bad one. It’s just not a new one. Created by the public, it sets out 10 books that children should read, and includes the usual suspects: The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird and the Bible, with Harry Potter coming out on top. Yes, it’s right that we acknowledge that they are all important contributions to the history of literature; yes, it is also understandable that we want the next generation to experience the books that we have loved.

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Here's Why E-Book Sales From Major Publishers Are Plummeting

fortune.com – Monday July 11, 2016

But growing sales of self-published e-books may offset the drop.

Book publishers are winning in their quixotic war against their own electronic books as sales dropped 11% last year, according to a new report from the industry’s leading trade group.

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Comedy writing programme announced

theknowledgeonline.com – Wednesday July 6, 2016

A comedy writing programme has been launched by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) to find emerging UK comedy writers.

The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme - named after the producers of the Doctor and Carry On series - is being run in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

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Lionsgate UK, Idris Elba Launch Writing Competition; ‘King’s Speech’ Producer Boards Jamie Vardy Biopic – Global Briefs

deadline.com – Wednesday June 29, 2016

Lionsgate UK and Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures are partnering to launch the Write To Green Light competition, designed to discover new creative voices for television in the returnable drama space. Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa and Elba will judge the entries alongside a panel of industry experts. 

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Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge.

Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it will contain more than 20,000 stories and books.

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Publishers need to help foster a love of reading

thebookseller.com – Tuesday June 28, 2016

Publishers need to work harder at creating the need for books as a product, rather than focusing on their brands, delegates to The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference have heard.

Speaking during a panel entitled ‘Is our business like show business?: What we should (and shouldn’t!) learn from other industries', Chris McCrudden (pictured), strategy director at Golin PR, said that publishers should “create the need for product before they create the need for brand”, adding that at the moment that there are “lots and lots and lots of little campaigns trying to get you to buy a particular book, but nothing trying to get consumers to buy books in general”.

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