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Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm

theguardian.com – Sunday September 24, 2017

It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could certainly pay off – the highest-paid author in the world, JK Rowling, has made $95m (£70m) in the past year, and the 10 highest-paid authors in the world earned more than $310m between them, according to Forbes.

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Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 2)

thebookseller.com – Friday September 22, 2017

In the first part of my look at interactive fiction, I outlined IF’s roots in early computer gaming, and its revival through engaged communities and innovative producers. In this follow-up, I’m going to look at the future of the form - technological advances in voice, language processing and AI that could give interactive fiction greater commercial and creative traction within mainstream publishing. 

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Kingsford and Shukla crowd-fund BAME journal and literary agency

thebookseller.com – Friday September 22, 2017

The creators of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford, are launching a crowd-funding campaign forThe Good Journal - a quarterly literary journal that will showcase UK BAME writers and lay the foundations for a new literary agency to champion under-represented voices.

According to Kingsford, the idea for the journal came about following the response to The Good Immigrant, which published exactly a year ago today (22nd September), and has now sold almost 50,000 copies across all editions to date.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 21, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Culture; Health; Lifestyle; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Literary; Popular

See website for specific agent guidelines and contact details, and query one agent at a time. Response not guaranteed unless interested.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 20, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Romance; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; 
Preferred styles: Literary

A not-for-profit online global literary magazine. Our mission is to create a space for writers and artists to share their passion and love for fairy tales as much as we do. We are dedicated to publishing new fairy tales as well as re-told classic fairy tales.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 19, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Fantasy; Horror; Romance; Sci-Fi
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Contemporary

See website for individual agent interests, contact details, and submission guidelines. Welcomes submissions about LGBTQ themes and diverse characters and by traditionally underrepresented authors. All queries must be sent by email - no snail mail submissions. No screenplays, poetry, short stories, adult nonfiction, or fiction for adults that does not fall into romance or SFF genres.

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Rules of writing from an international best seller

cbsnews.com – Sunday September 17, 2017

Famous spy novelist John le Carré shares his writing tips with 60 Minutes, including how he avoids "fuzzy endings” and why he makes verbs do all the work.

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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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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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