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PRH to acquire F+W book publishing assets

thebookseller.com – Wednesday June 19, 2019

Penguin Random House is set to acquire the book publishing assets of F+W Media following the media company’s bankruptcy, with the effects on F+W's UK division unclear.

The deal, which includes F+W's new titles and 2,000-strong backlist of illustrated non-fiction books, according to Publishers Weekly, is expected to close by the end of the month. PRH declined to comment on the sale when contacted by The Bookseller.

PRH posted the winning bid in an auction held on Thursday 6th June by the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The list of successful bidders for the “communities” assets of F+W - separate to its book publishing assets - was submitted for approval to the court yesterday (Monday 17th June).

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday June 18, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and short story collections. Send submissions by email.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 17, 2019

Publishes: Essays; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Electronic magazine featuring poetry, art, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, and reviews by marginalised creators. Submit up to five pieces at a time in the body of an email. No attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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In dropping Linda Fairstein, the book industry reveals its cowardice

nypost.com – Sunday June 16, 2019

When Galileo Galilei finished writing his last work, “Two New Sciences,” he had trouble finding a publisher.

Galileo had been branded a heretic, and his work was prohibited by the Inquisition. A patron arranged for the book to be published in Venice and then chickened out. The House of Elzevir (whose name lives on in the modern publisher Elsevier) arranged for the manuscript to be smuggled out of Italy and published in the Netherlands, then as now a stronghold of free thinking.

That defiance could very well have brought a death sentence. But a few publishers once had the grit to stand up to the Inquisition.

In our time, most of them cannot even stand up to Twitter, a measly and miserable inquisition of another kind.

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Short-story writers are infinitely more creative than novelists

irishtimes.com – Saturday June 15, 2019

“I deeply detest short-story collections – grotty binbags stuffed with the aborted novels of writers too lazy to bring their progeny to full term.” That was Frankie Gaffney’s intro to his review of June Caldwell’s Room Little Darker, which he went on to praise, but I can’t help thinking some novelists should put an end to their flabby oeuvres. Modern novelists remind me of disreputable farmers injecting their cows with growth hormones to earn a few extra euros. By Frankie’s assessment, if I had been assiduous enough to gestate my short stories, I’d have 41 novels by now, which would be some going.

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DIY: How to Avoid Self-Publishing Scams

publishersweekly.com – Saturday June 15, 2019

The booming growth of self-publishing has been great news for authors as well as providers of all variety of self-publishing services, including editing, designing, and consulting. But as services have proliferated, promising all variety of benefits and recipes for boosting sales, it’s more important than ever for indie authors to have a discerning eye when seeking out assistance. Being able to identify when a particular service is overcharging—or just overpromising what they are actually able to deliver—is an important skill for any author to master.

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How to write a “good” bad sex scene: the ins and outs of erotic fiction, in Norwich

newstatesman.com – Thursday June 13, 2019

Women are better at writing sex scenes than men, and it’s thought that this is because men are afraid of being nominated for the Bad Sex Award. The fear of winning it puts them off so much, they write badly. The novelist Sarah Hall counted scores of “he took her from behinds” in men’s novels when she judged the Booker prize.

Men also might be shy to bare their fantasies, resulting in flat or portentous language, while women, for myriad reasons political, social and psychological, have always relied more upon a fantasy life, so are better at it.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 13, 2019

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

Online magazine accepting submissions of poetry year-round. Submit up to six poems in .doc or .docx format, by email.

[See the full listing]

Why Does Writing Suck?

thecut.com – Tuesday June 11, 2019

It is rare, in this day and age, to see a good tweet on the internet, but I did love this one, from New York Times writer Erin Griffith, which includes a graph she designed to depict the dramatic ups and downs of a writer’s self-esteem, which are entirely dependent upon the stage of the writing/editing process they’re in. There is the ecstatic high in submitting a draft to one’s editor, and the inevitable gloom that follows the first round of edits received. Writing may not be the only profession subject to such wildly variable morale, but to hear writers tell it, there’s simply nothing worse. As Dorothy Parker once said (according to the internet, anyway), “I hate writing, but I love having written.”

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday June 11, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

New York City-based independent press specialising in high-quality literary fiction and nonfiction. Send submissions by post or email. See website for full guidelines.

[See the full listing]

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