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Literary Magazine 'Bad Nudes' Releases Its First Anthology

thelinknewspaper.ca – Monday October 28, 2019

Bad Books, the sister press of the quarterly literary magazine Bad Nudes, just released the publication’s first anthology.

But no, these are not your typical nudes. Since 2016, Bad Nudes “has been pairing dynamic and innovative writing with boundary-pushing design.”

Avid Bad Nudes readers will be able to revisit writers who particularly made a mark on the magazine. The anthology features new poetry and prose by authors whose contributions made a significant mark at the publication. It was designed and laid out by Sandy Spink.

The anthology, launched on Oct. 20, will be Bad Nudes‘s first print exclusive.

Fawn Parker, co-founder and poetry editor, feels that the anthology gives the magazine a chance to publish its milestones.

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How to write the perfect approach email

artshub.co.uk – Monday October 28, 2019

No matter what kind of art you produce, you’ll definitely have to try and get someone interested in it at some point. This might mean getting in touch with a gallery owner if you’re a painter, a producer if you’re in the performing arts or film, or a publisher if you write books. And odds are, you’re going to do so via email. 

With that in mind, I caught up with Kathryn Burnett to talk about how to write (and how not to write) an approach email. Kathryn runs The Writing Room (an Auckland space for writers to work, hang out and connect with other writers) and has been a screenwriter for 25 years and a playwright and writing coach for eight years. Early in her career, she used to send approach emails and query letters. Now, she does less of that, but gets lots of approach emails herself. Here’s what she’s learned about contacting someone you’ve never met before and asking them for help.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 28, 2019

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Romance;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Digital-first adult fiction imprint. See website for details submission guidelines and to submit via online submission system.

[See the full listing]

E-Book Revenues Decreased In August

forbes.com – Sunday October 27, 2019

E-book revenues continue to decrease for many American publishers. According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which reports on net revenue based on figures from 1,360 publishers, net e-book revenues for trade books were down 7.3% in August compared to August of 2018. (Net revenues in trade were down 3.6% overall.)

While net revenues were $93 million last August, they came in at $86.3 million this year. The format, however, still generates the third-most revenue–though it trails paperback and mass market ($243.1 million) and hardback ($230.7 million) revenues substantially.

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When the pope offers writing advice, should you listen?

theguardian.com – Friday October 25, 2019

 

Pope Francis offered the staff of the Vatican some writing advice in September: “Give up using adjectives” – and also adverbs, as in phrases such as “authentically Christian”, to which he declared himself allergic. I suppose if there’s anyone you can’t condemn for pontificating like this, it’s the pontiff. Yet his advice annoyed me, as did some newly published tips aimed at scientists from the novelist Cormac McCarthy, who turns out to have been giving behind-the-scenes editorial advice to leading researchers for years. “Remove extra words or commas whenever you can,” reads McCarthy’s advice (as paraphrased by two of his academic collaborators). Also: “Don’t overelaborate.” Though he’s less of a stickler than Francis when it comes to adjectives: “Only use an adjective if it’s relevant.” In short, we’re back to William Strunk and EB White’s famous advice in The Elements Of Style: “Omit needless words.”

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 24, 2019

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Crime; Historical; Mystery; Suspense; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult

Send synopsis and first three chapters (or 50 pages) as Word document attachments by email. See website for full guidelines.

[See the full listing]

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 24, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Criticism; Literature; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary journal publishing poems, short fiction, nonfiction, critical work, book reviews, and interviews.

[See the full listing]

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 23, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Independent press that aims to publish daring new literary writing by the most exciting authors working today. Send a pitch through the website submission system, including covering letter, details about you and your writing, literary CV, info on how you can help promote your book, and your contact details. See website for full guidelines.

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Enter The 1st Annual Killer Shorts Horror Screenplay Competition!

pophorror.com – Tuesday October 22, 2019

Think you have the perfect screenplay for a short horror film? One that captures classic themes or has an innovative, game changing concept? As anyone who has ever worked as a professional or amateur writer knows that talent has to coincide with timing, and getting the right opportunity can change everything. Remember, films like Saw, Lights Out and The Babadook both started out as horror shorts with roots in a very innovative screenplay.

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Hera Books, Beaumont and O’Donoghue shortlisted for RNA awards

thebookseller.com – Tuesday October 22, 2019

Hera Books founders Keshini Naidoo and Lindsay Mooney, agent Diana Beaumont and Promising Young Women author Caroline O’Donoghue are some of the professionals who have made the shortlists for the Romantic Novelists’ Association's annual Industry Awards for 2019.

The RNA Industry Awards are voted on by its membership to recognise and to celebrate the variety of professionals whose work goes into supporting and promoting the genre of romantic fiction.

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