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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 5, 2017

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

East Anglian literary magazine published biannually, with one themed and one non-themed issue each year. Publishes poetry and short stories. See website for full guidelines and any current theme.

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The bad sex award inspired me to work harder at writing good sex

theguardian.com – Friday December 1, 2017

What makes a sex scene badly written? No doubt we all have our views on the specific offences that make us shudder. A glance at past offenders shortlisted for the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction award reminds me of some sins that I find personally unforgivable.

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How to get your novel published – according to a literary agent

inews.co.uk – Friday December 1, 2017

Former literary agent, and author of five novels (which have been published across the world in over 20 languages) Anna Davis shares some insider knowledge on how to get your manuscript published.

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Hachette UK buys Jessica Kingsley Publishers

thebookseller.com – Friday December 1, 2017

Thirty years after it was founded, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) has been bought by Hachette UK for an undisclosed sum.

The indie publisher specialising in social and mental health sciences is set to become an imprint of John Murray Press under Nick Davies. Its founder Jessica Kingsley will work with the company on a consultancy basis until mid-2018 when she will retire.

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How publishers are using augmented reality to bring stories to life

econsultancy.com – Wednesday November 29, 2017

Print sales might be on the rise, but that does not mean publishers are turning their backs on digital content altogether. 

While pop-up books used to be the only way to make reading an interactive experience, the rise of augmented reality means that publishers are now able to bring stories to life in a whole new way. 

But is there a demand for AR-driven books? And what are the benefits for the brands and publishers involved? Here’s more on the story, along with a few new and innovative examples.

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The 7 Skills You Need to Practice to Become a Successful Writer in the Digital Age

inc.com – Monday November 27, 2017

When people see what I've built for myself as a writer, they think it's the result of my degree in creative writing.

It's not.

I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and what) to read, and it taught me how to read my work aloud--a skill that reveals more about your writing than any amount of silent reading ever will.

But my college education did not teach me about the underlying business model of the writing world...

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 27, 2017

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Literary journal publishing innovative, imagistic, philosophical, and experimental poetry, drawings, collage, photography and paintings. Reads year round.

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Writing a bestselling book

independent.co.uk – Friday November 24, 2017

Every author hopes their novel will earn that elusive but much-desired tag of bestseller – can there possibly be any better branding to have on your paperback, one that will open more doors, attract more readers, and set the writer on the path to fame, riches and a warm glow every time they check Amazon?

But is it possible to actually set out to write a bestseller? We could all write a novel, given enough time, inspiration, and ink and paper. It might not necessarily be a very good novel, but we can be taught the mechanics. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists have been trying their hand at doing just that this past month as part of National Novel Writing Month.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 24, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Adventure; Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Crime; Current Affairs; Fantasy; Finance; Historical; Literature; Military; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Sport; Technology
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Literary; Mainstream

Send query with synopsis and sample chapters.

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Authors accuse publisher of exploiting writers by banning literary agents

dailydot.com – Thursday November 23, 2017

Tyrant Books, a little-known New York indie publisher, has just ignited a firestorm of controversy on Twitter. Authors including Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman are speaking out against the publisher, all thanks to this tweet:

"Dear agents, please stop sending inquiries to Tyrant. We no longer consider agented writers. Writers w/agents: feel free to send, just know you have to drop your agent if we want to sign you. Thanks, 
Tyrant staff"

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