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Authors need to 'engage' in the publishing process

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

Both traditionally and self-published authors need to be “engaged”, traditional publishers have to be open to new voices from different backgrounds, tricky rights issues need to be tackled, but ultimately traditional and indie author communities need to come together.  

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Smart: 'publishers do invest long-term in authors'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

Ebury m.d. Rebecca Smart said that traditional publishers need to “shout from the rooftops” more about the value and investment they provide for authors.

Smart was speaking at The Bookseller's Author Day after several speakers voiced frustration with traditional publishers on a number of points including author care, long-term investment and renumeration. She said that “she did not recognise” the traditional publishers that had been portrayed earlier in the day “but part of that is that we as an industry are not as always good enough at shouting from the rooftops” about the good things publishers do.

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Shamsie: 'Publishers not investing in author careers'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

Novelist Kamila Shamsie has said that traditional publishers’ focus on the “bottom line value of pounds and pennies” has meant a shift away from building authors’ careers in the long-term and created a lack of diversity and new voices.

Shamsie, speaking at the The Bookseller's Author Day, compared the climate of today to that of the late 1990s, when she began her career, and was told by her then-agent Alexandra Pringle that her publisher would be hoping to invest in her in the long-term.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 1, 2015

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

Free online journal publishing poetry and fiction (including translations), photography, prints and art. Send submissions by email in the body of the email.

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More publishers fail as e-books rise

independent.co.uk – Monday November 30, 2015

Readers shunning physical books for digital ones has contributed to a 58 per cent jump in the number of publishers failing, research has revealed.

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J.K. Rowling vows never to work with 'rude' publisher after they rejected Harry Potter and crime novel

mirror.co.uk – Sunday November 29, 2015

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has sworn never to work with one particular publisher after they rejected her twice - the second time with a very rude letter.

She is the UK's best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238million but it seems there's at least one person who isn't a fan.

Speaking in a new interview with the Guardian Rowling revealed that one of the publishers who turned down the first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher's Stone, also rejected her crime novel The Casual Vacancy written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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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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