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Awards worth £40,000 available for talented writers across the region

chroniclelive.co.uk – Thursday December 3, 2015

The 2016 Northern Writers’ Awards, with £40,000 to give away to aspiring authors, poets, playwrights and screenwriters, opened for applications this week.

The awards, run by Newcastle-based New Writing North (NWN) with the support of Northumbria University and Arts Council England, are available to writers based in the north of England. They are viewed as the country’s leading talent development programme for writers.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 3, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Adventure; Business; Erotic; Religious; Romance; Self-Help; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Children's

Send query by post with SASE or by email, with synopsis and 30-page sample. Will not consider one-page proposals or full mss. No historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, horror, plays, scientific or technical reference, or books intended as textbooks. See website for full details.

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Faith O’Grady: a day in the life of a literary agent

irishtimes.com – Wednesday December 2, 2015

In the first of a series on how publishing works, Sarah Bannan talks to a top Irish agent about what her job entails, what drives and what frustrates her.

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The seven stages of writing a novel

theguardian.com – Wednesday December 2, 2015

Anna Caltabiano self-published her first novel at the age of 14. Now with three published novels under her belt, the 18-year-old author and student shares some marvellous writing tips for teenage writers and beyond.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 2, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Literature; Music; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction related to jazz. Send submissions by post with SASE. No fax or email submissions. Reading period runs from September 1 to May 15 annually.

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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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