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Akbar to edit online literary magazine for Unbound – Friday September 1, 2017

Unbound is launching an editorially-independent online literary magazine dedicated to long-form writing, edited by former Independent literary editor Arifa Akbar, and titled Boundless.

Created in part to counter the diminishing space in traditional media, the magazine will launch this autumn as part of the Unbound website and will focus on "long, well-written pieces" (2,000 to 3,000 words) by authors and critics, covering a broad range of subjects.

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Sarah Mills, Writing Methodology, Tone and Pace, and Tips for Budding Writers – Thursday August 31, 2017

Sarah Mills is a Writer and Editor at Conatus News, as well as a personal friend with whom I have written some articles. Here is a short interview with her.

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Thirteenth short story contest winners announced – Thursday August 31, 2017

After much deliberation, is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Thirteenth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2016 and closed on May 1, 2017.

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Stephanie Wolfe Murray, publisher – obituary – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Stephanie Wolfe Murray, who has died aged 76, co-founded the influential Scottish publisher Canongate Books and kept it afloat through regular financial crises for some 25 years.

Though Scottish publishing had a distinguished history in the 19th century, by the early 1970s there were only really two publishers which could accurately be called Scottish: Chambers, which primarily produced dictionaries, and Bartholomew, the mapmakers.

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Howard Kaminsky, Publisher With a Best-Seller Sense, Dies at 77 – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Howard Kaminsky, who honed his instincts for publishing commercially successful books at scrappy Warner Books and parlayed that sense into high-level positions at Random House and Hearst, died on Saturday in Manhattan. Mr. Kaminsky, whose authors included Richard M. Nixon and Donald J. Trump, was 77.

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How to market and promote your books

By Jeffrey Sussman
President, Jeffrey Sussman, Inc. – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Every author and every publisher wants to sell as many books as possible. Each may try a variety of tactics as well as resort to conventional means of publicity, but results often fall short of expectations. It is one reason why publishers make significant profits from only a small fraction of the books they publish. And the vast numbers of authors cannot count on royalties to support themselves. What to do?

Here are several examples that have helped publishers increase the quantity of sales and have even helped self-published authors make money from their books.

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New Literary Agency Listing – Tuesday August 29, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Accepts queries from both established and emerging authors. See agent profiles on website and select specific agent to query. Send queries by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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firstwriter.magazine Issue 31: Summer 2017 – Monday August 28, 2017 has just announced the launch of the penultimate issue of its long-running literary journal, firstwriter.magazine.

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. This 31st issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

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Bernard MacLaverty: ‘Just try to write. You can do it better tomorrow’ – Saturday August 26, 2017

The novelist on the privilege of working from home, the benefits of eavesdropping and why he and his grandson love to play ‘throwing writers at the radiator’.

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YA Publisher Allegedly Tricked Best Sellers List In Scheme To Sell The Movie Rights – Friday August 25, 2017

YA novels are still big business in the publishing world, but a large part of the reason for that is the frequency with which many of them get adapted as films. It seems one new book may have tried to game the system specifically to get the movie made.This week a book almost nobody had heard of, and even fewer had read, called Handbook for Mortals, found itself atop the New York Times Best Sellers list. Now, it seems the publisher may have used questionable means to get on the list in order to secure funding for the movie version of the book.

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