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4 Ways Good Editors Improve the Freelance Writing Experience

skyword.com – Thursday February 18, 2016

Hey, you. Yeah, you right there. How many editors do you work with? If you’re freelance writing for a couple of Skyword programs plus creating content for other brands, the answer is probably at least a couple. You don’t have to name names, but you likely enjoy working with some (or even just one) more than others. That’s just human nature.

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Hunger for the new – the engine which powers publishing

thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

If you could time-travel five years back to a typical publishing presentation at a major house, the talk would have been exclusively of brands. ‎What do we seek to publish? Brands. What do we want from agents? Brands. The word delivered with the finality of the Ten Commandments. An unknown author had little chance of competing in that landscape. So went the prevailing theory.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Philosophy; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Sociology; Sport; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Literary

Publishes general and literary fiction, genre fiction, and nonfiction. Submit via online submission system.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 15, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Cookery; Finance; Health; Hobbies; Humour; Lifestyle; Medicine; Self-Help; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults, and children, focussed on family as the fundamental unit of society. Submit by post or using online submission system. See website for full details.

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Yes, You Can Get a Book Deal

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday February 13, 2016

Back in October, I wrote a post about my efforts to write a book, my take on the publishing industry, and my desire to get a book deal. The reaction was fascinating and in some cases, very emotional. First, I learned that there's a tremendous amount of underlying bitterness about the publishing business from unpublished authors. Second, many folks believe self-publishing is the way to go because traditional publishing is broken, and self-published authors can get a better share of the profits. And third, many folks believe it's impossible for an unknown writer to get a deal.

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New Screenwriting Contest Emphasizes the Art of the Rewrite

thewrap.com – Friday February 12, 2016

The Finish Line Script Competition offers development notes as well as prizes and mentorship

An innovative new film and TV script competition that emphasizes the art of the rewrite launched this week courtesy of two Hollywood veterans — a longtime literary manager turned script consultant and a well-known music and film producer Michael Patterson.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 12, 2016

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Culture; Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary journal devoted to creative work by and critical studies of the work of African Americans and peoples of African descent throughout the African Diaspora. Submit via online submission system.

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Publishers should pay authors as much as their other employees

theguardian.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

There’s nothing to publish without writers, so why are they being pushed to extinction by their appalling pay?

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The perils of writing about sex: 'Your partner will think it's about them. Or – even worse – someone else'

theguardian.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

Should you use exotic euphemisms or anatomical detail? Should it be comical, tender or shocking? And what if your mum reads it? Three generations of writers reveal the pitfalls – and pleasures – of writing about erotic encounters.

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David Roche appointed chair of New Writing North

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

David Roche has been appointed chair of the board at New Writing North, the development agency for creative writing and reading for the North of England.

Roche has previously worked as c.e.o. of Borders and as group sales and marketing director of HarperCollins. Roche chaired the Booksellers Association and Publishers Association Liaison Group from 2003 to 2005 and was president of the Booksellers Association from 2005 to 2007. He now runs his own company, David Roche Enterprises Ltd, and acts as a consultant, literary agent and non-executive director.

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