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Abrams Artists Agency Adds Michael Brooks, Ryan Levee & Derek Blum As Agents

deadline.com – Saturday November 11, 2017

Abrams Artists Agency is bolstering its business verticals with three key hires, adding new agents Michael BrooksRyan Levee and Derek Blum to its Los Angeles office.

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Publishers experiment with audiobook-only productions

chicagotribune.com – Wednesday November 8, 2017

A growing number of publishers are skipping books entirely and going straight to audio — at least some of the time.

Anthony Goff, senior vice president of content development and audio publisher at Hachette Audio, makes the trend sound a bit like looting the mansion for hidden treasure. “We’re asking our best-selling authors, and all of our authors, about old stories, short stories that were never published, plotlines that changed,” he says. “Things they might find in their desk drawer that they could record in audio.”

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Dragons’ Den aims to give writers a leg up

portsmouth.co.uk – Wednesday November 8, 2017

A DRAGONS’ DEN-style writer event is being held in Portsmouth this month.

Literary agents and editors are coming to the city to sign up writers to their agencies.

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Can Sweek turn free mobile stories into a self-publishing empire?

thebookseller.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Sweek is a global mobile platform for free reading, writing and sharing stories. Readers can like, share, follow and comment on stories, while writers have the opportunity to build a fanbase from scratch.

As well as mobile publishing, Sweek offers writers free services to self-publish their work - as a printed book and/or an e-book - and then sell it directly via social media, their own websites and relevant sales channels.

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Veteran Lit Agent David Boxerbaum Joins Verve Talent and Literary Agency

variety.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Lit agent David Boxerbaum has joined Verve Talent and Literary Agency as a partner.

Boxerbaum comes to Verve from Paradigm where he served as one of the agency’s top lit agents. It’s unknown what clients will be joining Boxerbaum at Verve, but his long list includes a strong group of respected directors, screenwriters, and producers.

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Job opening detail - Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC

publishersmarketplace.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC is a leading literary agency specializing in children’s book publishing. We represent numerous award-winning, well-established authors and illustrators, as well as new and emerging talent. We actively pursue the sale of subsidiary rights, including the sale of foreign translation, merchandising, and motion picture/television rights.

We are seeking someone to assist in all administrative aspects within our small home-office-based environment. The person needs to have strong verbal and written communication skills, be detail oriented, and be able to multi-task and meet deadlines, with and without supervision. Strong organizational skills, along with a proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat, are essential. Knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.

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Freight Books: liquidator takes control of award-winning Scottish publisher

theguardian.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

A liquidator has been appointed for the troubled publisher Freight Books, a one-time star of the Scottish publishing scene that was named Scottish publisher of the year in 2015.

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Hollywood and book publishers are turning to this online platform for their next '50 Shades of Grey'

cnbc.com – Monday October 30, 2017

Wattpad is an online platform where users upload their own stories, making it popular for romance novels and fan fiction.

Anna Todd began writing "After," a One Direction-inspired fan fiction, on Wattpad. After being read 1.5 billion times, she's scored seven-figure movie and book deals.

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A.I. Take a Surprisingly Successful Stab at Writing Horror Fiction

slate.com – Friday October 27, 2017

Scientists working on A.I. development are at least trying to make sure our future machine overlords aren’t subject to the same flaws and negative habits that plague us flesh-and-bone humans. But there are some grotesqueries of the human mind we might like A.I. to emulate—for art’s sake.

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