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Major Publishers are seeing strong gains with audiobooks

goodereader.com – Friday November 9, 2018

Major publishers such as Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin Random House have all reported that digital audiobooks continue to soar, while ebooks still generate meaningful revenue, although sales are soft.

HarperCollins recently stated that digital audiobook sales also had another great quarter, up 55% over the first period of fiscal 2018. The growth in audio offset soft e-book sales, resulting in a 12% increase in total digital sales in the quarter; ebook and digital audio represented 22% of total HC revenue in the period.

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5 helpful books for National Novel Writing Month

syracuse.com – Wednesday November 7, 2018

If you've ever wanted to write a book, this is the month to begin! November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, as it is often referred to, is an artistic writing project online that occurs every November. People who participate in this write a 50,000 word manuscript during the month.

Take part in this project by visiting nanowrimo.org and learn more about it by checking out books from your local library or by logging on to www.onlib.org.

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Will the chatbot novel become a new trend for book publishers?

econsultancy.com – Tuesday November 6, 2018

eBooks and audiobooks are now consumed in their droves, and yet they remain a mere alternative to the traditional paper or hardback book.

And when it comes to marketing, apart from a few juggernauts like J.K Rowling (more on her later), not many authors receive the investment or resources needed for large scale digital or social campaigns.

So, how do publishers tell (and sell) stories to a digital audience? American author James Patterson is the latest author to experiment with a new strategy. He has teamed up with Facebook to release an ‘interactive’ version of his latest novel, ‘The Chef’, on the Messenger platform.

Is it a marketing gimmick, or a glimpse at how we will consume and enjoy books in future? Here’s more.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 6, 2018

Publishes: Fiction
Areas include: Romance
Markets: Adult
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Light; Positive

Publishes wholesome contemporary romances set in small towns and close-knit communities. Interested in feel-good stories with happy endings. No explicit or behind-closed-doors sex, nudity, pre-marital sex, graphic violence, religious, paranormal, or heavy suspense. Submit via online submission system.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 5, 2018

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Criticism; Literature; Short Stories; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online journal publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including personal essays, criticism and art interviews). Submit up to five poems or prose up to 10 pages through online submission system. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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How to Write Your First Book

inc.com – Thursday November 1, 2018

Here's a secret: Writing books never gets easier. I've written 23 of them, some best-sellers, some duds, and each one is as tough to complete writing as the previous one. You should take some comfort in this, as it won't get any harder than it is now.

If you have a book to get out of your system, then you have the examples of millions before who have succeeded. Here are some high-level suggestions.

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New specialist kids agency launched

booksandpublishing.com.au – Thursday November 1, 2018

Lawyer and writer Justine Barker has launched a new literary agency focusing on children’s and YA books.

Mayfair Literary Agency will represent authors writing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and YA titles, and is only open to Australian writers. The agency is currently accepting submissions by previously published authors, and also has a pre-submission pitching service open to unpublished authors.

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US trade sales increase despite a fall in publishing revenues

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 31, 2018

Publishing revenues declined 1.4% in the US in the first three quarters of the year, despite a rise in trade revenues of 4.4%, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Trade publishing revenues increased 4.4% to $228.3m compared to the same period in 2017 and adult books - the largest category - experienced a rise of 4.4%. Publishers revenue for children’s and young adult books (+3.5%) and religious presses (+7.6%) also increased.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 31, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publisher of fiction for children aged 7 to young adult. Completed works should be at least 25,000 words for younger children, or 40,000 words for children aged ten and over. Open to submissions from both authors and illustrators, but no previously self-published works. Send query by email with brief summary, author bio, and three chapters or first 50 pages. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 30, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Romance; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes contemporary romances up to 50,000 words, featuring strong-but-vulnerable alpha heroes and dynamic, successful heroines, set in a world of wealth and glamour. See website for more details and to submit via online submission system.

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