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Should you enter a writing contest?

seattletimes.com – Thursday March 1, 2018

Yes, yes, yes you should.  Writing contests offer many benefits, not the least of which is a deadline. There’s nothing like a deadline to force you to put your posterior in a chair and some words down on paper. You can also win prize money, get published, establish credibility, build your writer’s platform and grow a readership.  The first step is to enter.  It can be daunting, but to grow as a writer, you need to send your work out into the world. Contests offer that opportunity.

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Welsh to scout for Eccles Fisher

thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 28, 2018

Rosie Welsh, previously of the Jonathan Clowes Literary Agents and The Wylie Agency, is joining Eccles Fisher Associates as a literary scout.

Welsh, most recently an agent at Jonathan Clowes for over two years, was previously a royalties manager at Wylie for over three years. 

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Berthoud joins Jo Unwin's agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 28, 2018

Ella Berthoud is joining Jo Unwin as a literary agent at JULA, and will build a list focusing on literary, reading group and children’s fiction.

Berthoud published her co-authored books The Novel Cure (Canongate) in 2013 and The Story Cure (Canongate) in 2017 with Susan Elderkin. As well as being a successful artist, she is a bibliotherapist at The School of Life.

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Stop writing and learn to be a better writer

thedrum.com – Tuesday February 27, 2018

A woman walks up to a construction worker in Manhattan.

“Excuse me young man,” she says. “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”

He puts his pickaxe down and wipes his brow. Finally, he speaks.

“Lady, you gotta practise.”

He’s right. Every skilled, or would-be skilled, tradesperson needs to practise. But what does practise mean? For copywriters, specifically? It might seem obvious. You write. As much and as often as you can.

Ads. Blog posts. Emails. Landing pages. Scripts. Sales letters.

The more you write, the better you get. Right? Wrong.

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Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

theguardian.com – Sunday February 25, 2018

Q: Years ago, I read that publishers were going to end the practice of bringing out hardback editions before paperbacks. But it never happened. Why do they still do this, and does anyone apart from libraries buy hardbacks? I never do.

Phil Goddard

A: From Philip Jones, editor, the Bookseller

Yes, hardbacks are still popular. Hardback fiction brings in about £70m annually (roughly 20% of the printed fiction market), according to sales data from Nielsen BookScan.

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14 Stephen King quotes about the writing process

mashable.com – Friday February 23, 2018

The first Stephen King book I ever read was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it was the one I'd have the best chance of reading without getting too scared.

She was wrong about that (I scare pretty easily), but she was right to introduce me to King. He's been my favourite author ever since.

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IBPA Develops Standards for Hybrid Publishers

publishersweekly.com – Friday February 23, 2018

As hybrid publishing becomes a bigger part of the publishing business, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has developed a nine-point list of criteria defining what it means to be a reputable hybrid publisher.

The goal of developing the guidelines is to "help hybrid publishers build better businesses based on clear and consistent best practices," said Maggie Langrick, CEO and publisher at LifeTree Media Ltd., and member of the IBPA advocacy committee.

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Lindsay Literary Agency launches scholarship for under-represented children's writers

thebookseller.com – Tuesday February 20, 2018

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a scholarship place for an "under-represented" writer of children's fiction at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018.

Open to unagented YA and middle grade writers, of any age, from an under-represented background (including but not limited to LGBTQIA, BAME and people with disabilities), the scholarship will cover the cost of three days at the festival which takes place 15th - 17th June. 

The scholarship includes access to all workshops and talks at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and travel. 

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9 writing and reading tips from writers

artshub.co.uk – Monday February 19, 2018

Are you are an emerging or professional writer? Maybe your day job consist of writing, reading and replying to numerous emails. Perhaps you may want a better understanding of the craft of writing, which in turn will allow for a different perspective when you are reading other people’s words.

As Margret Atwood stated in The Guardian‘Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones.'

To help you traverse this global culture of constant communication, ArtsHub spoke with five writers to ask them for some helpful reading advice.

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Nourry: 'the e-book is a stupid product'

thebookseller.com – Monday February 19, 2018

Hachette Group c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry has expressed frustration with the e-book format, calling it a "stupid product" and forecasting its sales would continue to plateau because of a lack of innovation.

Nourry, who was speaking in an interview with Indian news site Scroll.in as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Hachette India, said he didn't think declines in e-book sales seen in the US and UK markets would reverse any time soon, because of the limitations of the format.

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