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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 27, 2015

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult

Small poetry publisher, publishing a few books each year. Send query by email with Word document attachment with a sample of 6-10 poems.

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7 Essential Ingredients to Writing a Successful Holiday Movie

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday November 26, 2015

The Holiday movie genre is one of the most consistent box office earners in the history of the film industry. Since 1960, Holiday movies have earned well over two billion dollars (not adjusted for inflation).

What's even more interesting is the phenomenon that we see each and every year. Television networks play those movies endlessly from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Classics like It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story often have 24-hour runs. The more contemporary classics continue to grow in stature with the likes Christmas VacationElfThe Santa Clause movies, Home AloneScrooged, and many more.

The Hallmark and Lifetime Channels have made a successful ratings business out of producing original Christmas-themed telemovies.

Audiences, each and every year, and even for those that don't celebrate the Christmas holiday, sit down with their friends and family to watch movies they've seen over and over and over again.

So what is it about these movies that make people come back for more?

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Melton Times reporter Nick Rennie shares the secrets of writing and self-publishing your own book

meltontimes.co.uk – Thursday November 26, 2015

Not so long ago, writing and publishing your own book was just a pipe dream for many of us.

It wasn’t so much getting the words down on paper which was putting us off.

It was more the expense of either finding an agent and a publisher or paying through the nose to print dozens of copies yourself which might have ended up unsold and gathering dust in the garage.

But that is resoundingly no longer the case. Digital publishing and online booksellers such as Amazon have been an absolute game-changer.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 26, 2015

Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Religious; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Christian magazine aimed at children and young adults. Looks for teaching stories that portray Christian lifestyles without preaching.

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YA Debut Gets Six-Figure Deal, Sold to 16 Territories and Jerry Bruckheimer

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday November 25, 2015

A six-figure deal for North American rights to The Cruelty is the latest in a string of good things that have happened to Scott Bergstrom’s debut novel in just the past month. The manuscript, self-published a year ago, caught fire in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair with sales, so far, into 16 territories. “Every morning I wake up to more exciting e-mails,” said his agent, Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Kalyna Review: Call for Submissions

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 25, 2015

Kalyna Review, a celebration of language and translation, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2016 issue. They are looking for articles and creative work that explore how language creates the personal universe we each inhabit. They are also interested in marginalised and minority European languages, the languages of peoples who throughout most or all of their history had no state.

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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Have a Plan: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday November 24, 2015

E.C. Murray considers her first book, the self-help titleLife Kind of Sucks, an experiment in self-publishing. So when it came time to release her second book, the memoir A Long Way from Paris, she decided to do things differently, leveraging her experience and embracing all aspect of the self-publishing process. Murray quickly realized how demanding the indie route could be: handling distribution and marketing is “time consuming…even with a publicist who arranges visits. I need to follow up with press releases, event calendars, and so forth.” An important part of Murray’s indie strategy was sending A Long Way from Paris out for review. Her efforts paid off: Kirkus named her memoir a best book of 2014 andPublishers Weekly called it “Rich with history…substance…[and] relatable.”

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Author’s Advocate: Publishing options

suindependent.com – Sunday November 22, 2015

As a publisher and an author, I’ve been on both sides of the publishing industry. In my twenty-plus years of writing columns and books and producing DVDs, E-books, audio books, and more, I’ve found that the goal of most all authors is to have their books published. The problem is that most first-time authors don’t know their publishing options.

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When the Sharing Economy Comes to Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Sunday November 22, 2015

The idealized vision of writers toiling away at their art in solitude may not be going anywhere, but it’s also not the sole vision of how writers will produce quality work in the near-distant future. Let’s face it: we are experiencing a cultural revolution brought on by the sharing generation, and sharing-economy practices will not ignore the publishing industry. After all, why do all stories need to be a one-way exchange of ideas from writer to reader? Why can’t stories be written collaboratively by multiple authors and shared as they are written?

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Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional About Getting Published)

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday November 21, 2015

Deciding you're ready to publish is a huge deal; it's also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and champion their work; they're looking for the external validation of being accepted by a publishing house; their fantasies about getting published involve a red carpet experience that's increasingly elusive in this industry.

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