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No, You Won't Be as Rich as Jay-Z (And Other Truths About Becoming a Published Author)

inc.com – Tuesday January 15, 2019

Becoming a published author is something a whole lot of people want to do--but very few people actually cross the finish line with a quality book they can be proud of.

Last year I wrote two novels. One has already been published by a small, independent publisher based in the Midwest. The second is another novel that will be published by a different publisher based in Austin, Texas.

Writing novels is a strange and incredibly difficult way to become a published author. There is no feeling more awkward than having to lie to your friends and family about what's based on real-life events and what isn't. That said, regardless of what type of book you write, writing books is really, really, really hard.

If you want 2019 to be the year you become a published author, here are a few things you need to know.

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5 Tips for Submitting Creative Writing

culturedvultures.com – Saturday January 12, 2019

A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions to write more, and some even decide that they are going to submit for publication. Each type of writing has its own rules and norms when it comes to submitting to magazines and websites, but the more you practice, the better you will get at it. Here are our top five general tips for submitting creative writing and poetry – these apply to our Short Stories department here at Cultured Vultures, but they will also set you up for sending your work to all sorts of places.

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Want to make your writing more collaborative, cross-platform and creative? Try Collab Writers

thebookseller.com – Friday January 11, 2019

The pitch

Collab Writers is a global community for creatives to connect, collaborate and create on poems, flash fiction, short stories and ;novels - and to get those stories on screen.

At the heart of the startup is a hub where members can collaborate to create and publish their work, with assistance and guidance from the Collab Writers team. They will also connect the best writers to the film world, to help adapt their work.

"Creatives at Collab Writers aren't just writers," says co-founder Jennie Griffiths. "We want to encourage a new wave of surrealist creatives to bring pictures, photos, words, images, illustrations, film and music together. We encourage a mash-up of creative genres and mixed media products including short graphic memoirs, manga and stories told through song and screen.

"Collab Writers is a call to action to rise up off the sofa, turn off the box set and awaken your inner creative through connecting and collaborating with like-minded creatives."

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Tweet yourself a literary agent in 280 characters

scottishfield.co.uk – Friday January 11, 2019

After the astonishing success of the last three years, XpoNorth’s Writers’ Tweet Pitch is back.

On Friday 11 January, from 9am-9pm, writers from across Scotland can tweet pitch their work to a panel of Scotland’s literary agents and publishers.

Twitter channels will be open to pitches of unpublished fiction, nonfiction and writing and illustration for children from writers living and working in Scotland. Their projects can be complete – or may still be in development.

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U.S. Authors Have Suffered A Drastic Decline In Earnings

forbes.com – Wednesday January 9, 2019

It's becoming increasingly difficult to make it as a professional writer in America today. A recent survey from the Authors Guild found that U.S. authors have suffered a drastic decline in earnings in recent years. The drop appears to be impacting nearly all categories of authorship and writers of literary fiction have been hardest hit, suffering a 43% fall in earnings since 2013. There was one exception and that was self-published authors who saw their book-related income almost double since 2013, though it remains 58% lower than for traditionally published authors. Across the board, median income for all categories of U.S. authors stood at $12,850 in 2007 and that has fallen steadily ever since, sinking to a historic low of $6,080 by 2017.

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7 Publishing Insights Revealed By Last Year's Top 100 Bestselling Books

forbes.com – Saturday January 5, 2019

In the opening days of 2019, the publishing industry is looking towards the future. Popular predictions include the continued rise of audiobookspolitical non-fictionbooks clubs and the niche subscription service model. But the past still has a lot to say. Here are what fascinating publishing industry insights were just revealed by a new list of the U.K.'s top 100 print bestsellers across fiction and non-fiction alike.

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The Biggest Publishing News Stories of 2018

publishersweekly.com – Saturday January 5, 2019

With 2018 in the rearview mirror, we take a look back at some of the biggest stories that captured headlines in the industry last year. While books about the current political climate—and a certain real estate magnate turned reality TV Star turned unlikely president—dominated the charts, insiders watched as the country’s largest book chain went through more changes, a literary agency shuttered, and a long-anticipated merger came to pass. Here are some of the biggest trade stories from 2018.

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Does It Pay to Be a Writer?

nytimes.com – Saturday January 5, 2019

Writing has never been a lucrative career choice, but a recent study by the Authors Guild, a professional organization for book writers, shows that it may not even be a livable one anymore.

According to the survey results, the median pay for full-time writers was $20,300 in 2017, and that number decreased to $6,080 when part-time writers were considered. The latter figure reflects a 42 percent drop since 2009, when the median was $10,500. These findings are the result of an expansive 2018 study of more than 5,000 published book authors, across genres and including both traditional and self-published writers.

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Greek publisher Papadopoulos sets up UK children’s imprint

thebookseller.com – Friday January 4, 2019

Papadopoulos Publishing, an Athens-based publisher that has been running for more than 70 years, is setting up an imprint in the UK to publish children’s books.

Faros Books will be based in London and will launch in February and will publish 10 titles in the first year, 10-14 in the following year and the aim is to publish 15-20 books in 2024. Most will be translated from Greek.

M.d. of Papadopoulos Publishing Ioannis Papadopoulos said he wanted to launch a business in London because the city is a centre of English language publishing across continents, and is closer to Athens than alternatives such as New York.

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5 Tips For Young And Emerging Writers

wamu.org – Thursday January 3, 2019

Writers: how often have you been told to “write what you know”?

Generic writing advice is so often repeated it’s become a joke in the New Yorker. But do young or emerging writers feel boxed-in when they hear the same lessons over and over again that prioritize certain kinds of writing styles? Today on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, we’ll explore what it takes to write fiction, and what resources the Washington region has for new writers. One of our guests, Zachary Clark, leads 826DC, a nonprofit chapter that provides writing support to young Washingtonians.

Check out Zachary’s writing advice, and leave your own in the comments section!

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