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Dutch publishers from Malmesbury open migration themed poetry competition

wiltsglosstandard.co.uk – Saturday September 16, 2017

A PUBLISHER based in Malmesbury has launched a poetry competition this autumn, asking entrants to discuss the topic of migration.

Bernadette Jansen op de Haar, who moved to the UK from the Netherlands in 1983, founded Holland Park Press in 2009 specialising in giving new English-language authors a chance to be published as well as promoting literature from her homeland.

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The Publisher with All of Speculative Fiction in Its Orbit

publishersweekly.com – Saturday September 16, 2017

In spite of a booming YA market and the high-budget heaven of the television and film adaptation—all of which share a pronounced interest in dragons, Death Stars, and dystopias—the book industry’s science fiction and fantasy market has remained, overall, mostly flat.

But that’s proven far from true for at least one outlier: Orbit Books. The publisher was founded in the U.K. in 1974 but only expanded into the U.S. market 10 years ago. And its publisher, Tim Holman, who oversees both its U.K. and U.S. branches, told Barnes & Noble earlier this year that he is “reasonably confident that we’ll become the biggest science fiction and fantasy imprint in the U.S. within the next 10 years.”

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Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 1)

thebookseller.com – Friday September 15, 2017

Interactive fiction may be too strongly associated with computer gaming and general geekery to interest mainstream publishers. In this two-part article I will be looking at what they can learn from the strong community engagement in the interactive fiction market, and how technologies like artificial intelligence could transform it.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 14, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts; 
Areas include: Drama; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art. Submit up to four pieces of prose up to 3,000 words each, or up to four poems.

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3 Killer Lessons From Stephen King's Insanely Productive Writing Routine

inc.com – Wednesday September 13, 2017

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

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US publishers' audio sales up 29% this year

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

Downloaded audio revenues in the US rose 29% in the first four months of this year by comparison to the same period in 2016, with April in particular surging to a 34% year-on-year rise, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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40 per cent discount for new film and screenplay contest

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

The Zodiac International film competition is a brand new online film and screenplay contest using film freeway as the submission platform: 

"We want to see your visions, hear your voices and be moved, thrilled, scared and engaged by your storytelling."

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 11, 2017

Handles: Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Historical; Media; Military; Politics; Sport
Markets: Adult

Literary agency from former executive editor with experience at some of the world's largest publishing houses, specialising in military history, politics, history, biography, memoir, media, public policy, and sports.

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New Book for Beginners Looking To Write Saleable Non-Fiction Now Published

prweb.com – Friday September 8, 2017

International book publisher Bennion Kearny is delighted to announce the publication of Write From The Start: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-Fiction by Caroline Foster.

With publishing, web-based, and ‘gig’ opportunities for authors expanding every year, more and more people are looking to forge careers as professional writers. Write From The Start aims to shine a light on the world of nonfiction writing by offering a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the field.

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Open call: writers respond to Hurricane Harvey

firstwriter.com – Friday September 8, 2017

From its founding, Gulf Coast has kept its home in Houston, Texas. Its mission to elevate diverse voices from across the globe has always been inspired by the multiplicity and vibrance of the community there. As Houston begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, Gulf Coast looks to the many artists and writers who have already begun the difficult work of rendering the storm and its aftermath. Gulf Coast wants to provide a platform for these voices. Starting now, they are inviting submissions in response to Harvey. There is no reading fee and accepted work will be published on the Gulf Coast blog.

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