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Religion Publishers Have Great Expectations for 2019

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 16, 2018

A biography of the Dalai Lama, the memoir of a soldier involved in the accidental shooting of Pat Tillman, and a critical look at the Vatican are among the titles coming in 2019 from religion and spirituality publishers.

Leading religion lists next year are books that address classic topics, as well as those that cluster around current events.

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Big Publishers Work On Getting Their Houses in Order

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 16, 2018

After accumulating assets, it is not unusual for publishers to look for ways to manage those properties more effectively. Such was the case again in 2018, especially late in the year when two of the Big Five trade publishers made significant adjustments. The most wide-ranging realignment was the merger of the Crown Publishing Group into the Random House Publishing Group. The reorg, announced in October, put both groups under Random House head Gina Centrello, with Crown president and publisher Maya Mavjee leaving the company at the end of the year. On December 7, Centrello announced how Crown will be structured as part of Random House.

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How Google’s Autotype Contradicts Orwell’s Advice

chronicle.com – Friday December 14, 2018

I was composing a Gmail message when I typed “it work...” and Gmail’s new Smart Compose algorithm suddenly kicked in for the first time, adding some ghostly gray characters: “...s like a charm.” Exactly the phrase I was reaching for! Simply hitting Tab (I guessed that was what to do) approved the suggestion, and the 14 characters were added for me. A tiny part of my day’s communication chores delegated to a machine. But then a thought struck me.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday December 14, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Travel; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes fiction, travel and memoir. Welcomes book proposals and queries from both authors and agents. See website for full guidelines.

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Paragraphing—Yes, You Heard Me

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 12, 2018

I wouldn’t think paragraphing could be a mysterious business, but apparently so.

I wish I had an electronic rubber stamp that said, “Break your paragraphs”, because writers need to do exactly that. My students, in particular, need to do just that.

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Robin Robertson: 'Writing poetry has very little to do with the intellect'

theguardian.com – Saturday December 8, 2018

Robin Robertson is an acclaimed poet who has won all three of the Forward poetry prizes. His latest work, The Long Take, a narrative poem, is set in the years immediately after the second world war. The story unfolds in New York, San Francisco and, most importantly, Los Angeles, and follows Walker, a traumatised D-day veteran from Nova Scotia, as he tries to piece his life together just as the American dream is beginning to fray at its edges. It was shortlisted for the Booker prize and, last month, won the Goldsmiths prize for fiction, awarded to works that “open up new possibilities for the novel form”. Robertson also works as an editor at Jonathan Cape, where he publishes, among many others, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Oswald and Adam Thorpe.

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Widely Published Author Discusses Art of Writing the ‘Tiny Story’

newhaven.edu – Friday December 7, 2018

Jeff Foster is the master of the tiny story. Give him just 200 words – 300 tops – and he’ll fashion characters, a plot, and everything that lives within the landscape of a short story.

He’ll take an iconic figure and place him in an unusual setting “to humanize him” – like the Dalai Lama at a drive-thru picking up some coffee. “My stories pivot on character,” he says.

A lecturer in the University of New Haven’s English Department, Foster has published more than 25 flash fiction stories – fictional works of extreme brevity that still offer character and plot development – in highly regarded nanofiction journals and online magazines.

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Eleventh Annual Papatango New Writing Prize Opens For 2019 Submissions

broadwayworld.com – Thursday December 6, 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize, now in its eleventh year, opens for submissions today, 6 December 2018, until 9pm on 17 February 2019.

The Papatango New Writing Prize was the UK's first - and remains the only annual - opportunity guaranteeing a new writer a full production, publication by Nick Hern Books, a royalty of 10% of the gross box office, and a £6000 commission with full developmental support for a follow-up play.

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Writing Short Fiction, Then and Now

dagblog.com – Thursday December 6, 2018

I used to write short stories. Then, for many reasons, I stopped writing fiction. Today I had my first story published in more than twenty years. (It will be posted on the web in two weeks, and I will link to it then. If you can't wait, the issue's for sale here.) More stories may be along; we'll see. If it takes another twenty-one years, I'll have something to look forward to in 2039.

It's a little strange returning to an art form after two decades away. One of the things it means is that in my old stories, no one has e-mail. Most people didn't. Or cell phones. Any temptation to dredge up old pieces is held at bay by the fact that they've become historical fiction.

So what else has changed?

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 6, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

See website for agent bios and individual contact details, then submit to one by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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