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Thirties crime fiction has spared more women a grisly end

telegraph.co.uk – Sunday March 13, 2016

They have already been credited with rejuvenating the book market, as real paper novels battle back against the rise of ebooks.

But it appears the decorative classic book covers so popular with modern readers have had one other inadvertent benefit: a boost for feminism.

The trend for ornate retro book covered has made classic 1930s crime fashionable once again, bringing a trend for brutal misogynistic killings to an end, according to authors.

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How To Encourge Kids To Write A Book

huffingtonpost.com.au – Sunday March 13, 2016

Most children have vivid imaginations and a myriad of stories floating around their heads. While it’s easy enough for most kids to verbally tell a story, it’s often a struggle to write it down (the same can be said for many adults!).

But in an age where children are inundated with tempting video games and other technology, it’s a good idea to make them aware there are other ways to fill their time -- and creativity is a healthy pursuit at any age.

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A boom in the business of literary agents in India

dnaindia.com – Sunday March 13, 2016

For publishers looking to bet on the next, potential big selling author, Aditya Mukherjee would seem to tick all the right boxes — he is an MBA from an IIM, a start-up entrepreneur and his 2013 book Boomtown is a pacey, good read. Yet, when he'd finished writing Boomtown, Mukherjee had little idea what to do. He didn't know any commissioning editors, how to get his manuscript across to them, or make sure they read it. Being the enterprising kind, he read up on the subject and decided that he needed an agent to represent him. He got himself one — Mumbai-based Purple Folio, started by Urmila Dasgupta, and in three months, he had a deal with Rupa.

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The New Indie and the Self-Publishing Revolution

publishersweekly.com – Saturday March 12, 2016

Independent publishing doesn't mean what it used to. When I started in publishing in 2000, indie publishers were simply non-corporate, or independently owned. The label was reserved for small traditional presses that wore the indie label with pride because of what “indie” signifies, then and now—a spirit of independence, of course, but also of not needing approval or to operate within the parameters of the existing paradigm.

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Powerful Writing App Ulysses Launches on the iPhone

lifehacker.co.uk – Saturday March 12, 2016

Popular writing app Ulysses has been available for some time on desktop and iPad devices, enabling those who need to write regularly, like journalists, writers or teachers to use its clean interface and easy organisational structure to find what they need fast and write, write, write with no distractions.

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How Publishers and ‘Hybrid’ Authors Are Working Together

digitalbookworld.com – Friday March 11, 2016

In a time when authors have multiple avenues to publish their books, many publishers are finding themselves broadening their offerings to authors. And this trend has resulted in more “hybrid” authors who both self-publish and work with traditional publishers at the same time.

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Tips from 5 Literary Agents Representing Latino Authors

nbcnews.com – Friday March 11, 2016

While we hear of the need for diverse books and that Latinos are a growing demographic, getting a book published by a reputable press can be a daunting task. First you write the book or craft a book proposal, then you must find an agent by submitting queries and samples of the manuscript so that the agent can then send the manuscript to the bigger publishing houses or even smaller presses. This process can demoralize even the most positive individuals. For Latino writers the climb can be so steep, it might seem impossible.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday March 11, 2016

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes first collections of poetry by poets who have an established track-record of publication in poetry magazines.

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Major publishers’ e-book sales stagnate as overall market grows

seattletimes.com – Thursday March 10, 2016

While sales of e-books from major publishers have declined since 2014 — the year many gained the right to price their digital titles sold through Amazon — the overall market continues to progress, helped by independent and nontraditional publishing.

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Writing Your Blurb or Bio: The Essential Points

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday March 10, 2016

Your blurb or bio is a short, concise, effective introduction and description of yourself. It can be used and inserted in myriad ways: for your company profile, as an introduction at meetings or presentations, on social media sites such as LinkedIn, for your articles, blogs or books, and whenever and wherever you need a pithy, interesting and informative description of yourself. The essential characteristics of effective and memorable blurbs are:

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