Twelfth short story contest winners announced
firstwriter.com – Thursday August 11, 2016
After much deliberation, firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Twelfth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2015 and closed on May 1, 2016.
The Global Golden Age for Independent Publishers Has Begun
digitalbookworld.com – Wednesday August 10, 2016
A number of years ago, I predicted the publishing and bookselling industries would follow a boutique model, with the large and small and little in between. Note: this also applies to other industries, in most part due to the digital age and today’s customer.
Book sales would be split between higher priced print books, for which the margin would be found, and low price digital books, which would provide the mass quantities. Bookstores would be split between the large chains with the budgets and economies of scale, and a wide range of independent bookstores that successfully built and became indispensable to their communities. Likewise, publishers would consist of the huge conglomerates with the advertising and bargaining power, and a vibrant independent publishing sector in touch and adaptive to the book buying community.
Top 10 books writers should read
theguardian.com – Wednesday August 10, 2016
Writing a novel from scratch, which is to say without training, was such an unexpected odyssey that I was prompted to recall the discoveries in my new book, Release the Bats – as much to remind myself where the power lay as to pass the keys on to others trying their luck. I didn’t read a lot before writing a novel, but I realise now that certain books helped set me up. Writing fiction means writing vibrant human characters, and luck is with us in terms of research, as we haven’t essentially changed since we came down from the trees. So the best grounding for a fiction writer must be one that explores human nature with gloves off. There’s nothing like literature from ancient Rome bemoaning consumer culture to show that nothing is new, or literature from Habsburg Italy telling how to hire nuns for sex from the mothers superior of convents to put Fifty Shades in perspective. Which is to say that if we haven’t figured ourselves out by now, there’s still time: we’re not going anywhere.
How To Quit Your Job And Write A Novel
instyle.co.uk – Wednesday August 10, 2016
Think that writing and publishing a novel is hard? Guess what: it’s ten times harder. The editor who bought The Regulars read roughly 400 submissions, via agents, the year she bought my book. She could buy a total of seven. A year. Most writers don’t sell their first novel. They sell their third or fourth. You have to submit a polished draft in order to get published, not a patchy first draft and certainly not a proposal. It. Is. Hard.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 9, 2016
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Children's author Helen Gradwell lay dead in her home for four months - as a publisher's letter sat on her doormat offering her a book deal
dailymail.co.uk – Sunday August 7, 2016
A reclusive author lay dead in her home for four months while a letter from book publishers accepting her first children's novel lay unread on the door mat.
Former teacher Helen Gradwell was discovered at her home near Bolton, Greater Manchester, after neighbours finally raised the alarm.
2017 Submissions for PEN Literary Awards Due
authorlink.com – Tuesday August 2, 2016
With the August 15 deadline for submitting to the 2017 PEN Literary Awards just two weeks away, PEN is reminding publishers and literary agents to submit their authors’ books for PEN’s prestigious awards which will confer over $250,000 to writers and translators spanning the fields of fiction, essays, science writing, biography, and more.
Writers On Writing
huffingtonpost.com – Saturday July 30, 2016
There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call ‘the breaks.’ In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things - read and write - and wait. - Countee Cullen
Knowledge is one of the most excellent purifiers of our mind and intellect. Books are one among many sources of knowledge. By means of the book, we can dwell and live through the mind of another person. It is one of the process of advancing ourselves to the full potential. There is nothing more valuable in life than learning. Learning awakens us, it guides and inspires us. Slowly and steadily, books have led little man to become giant men and redeemers of the society.
Poetic justice: the rise of brilliant women writing in dark times
theguardian.com – Thursday July 28, 2016
Hera Lindsay Bird has attracted the biggest hoo-ha with a poetry book I can recall,” wrote one reviewer of the New Zealand-born poet, whose recently released debut collection has become a cult bestseller in her home country. And rightly so: Bird’s frank, outrageous writing – see, for example “Keats is Dead so Fuck Me From Behind” – is in turns bleakly hilarious and peppered with pitch-perfect similes (“the days burn off like leopard print”; “Love like Windows 95”). It has made me, like many others, more excited about poetry than I have been in a long time.
PRH hunts for writers from 'under-represented' communities
thebookseller.com – Wednesday July 27, 2016
Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.
The WriteNow scheme aims to find and publish new writers who are "under-represented in books and publishing”. Targeted groups are writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability.