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There's No One Way to Sell an E-book

publishersweekly.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

As e-books sales soften at the large trade houses, some independent digital (or mostly digital) publishers continue to see their e-book sales grow. Interviews with five independent publishers show a range of publishing practices with the e-books they publish and highlight the ways in which they promote and market their lists. The publishers PW contacted include startup ventures Brown Girls Books and Polis Books, more mature ventures such as Open Road Integrated Media and Diversion Books, as well as Start Media, the acquisitions-driven media content firm, and its Start Publishing division.

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Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

natlawreview.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content.  A recent case touches on some of the important legal issues associated with such change.  Among other things, the case illustrates the importance of service providers maintaining clear and appropriate terms and conditions that relate directly to the role they serve in the expression of content over online media.

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Latest VIDA survey charts women in literary magazines

thebookseller.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

The number of women contributors to the Times Literary Supplement dropped slightly in 2015, according to the latest annual survey by research organisation VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. But Granta by contrast saw a small rise in women's writing.

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Want a Writing Gig? John Hunt Publishing Might Be Looking for You

smallbiztrends.com – Friday April 1, 2016

If you’re a writer looking for a way to publish your next business book, you might be interested in an opportunity with JHP Business Books, part of the John Hunt Publishing Company.

Currently, JHP Business Books is looking for proposals from business authors who can provide a unique perspective on topics like marketing, management, finance, leadership, motivation and more.

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It’s the Cover, Stupid! Why Publishers Should A/B Test Book Covers

digitalbookworld.com – Thursday March 31, 2016

Never judge a book by its cover. So the saying goes, yet consumers do it all the time. Every publisher and bookseller knows that covers sell books. But do consumers also form expectations from looking at the cover? Well, based on the results of some of the initial reader analytics data at Jellybooks, we think they do.

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The Book Inside You: The Business Of Selling It

boston.cbslocal.com – Thursday March 31, 2016

There is inherent passion in the written word, but there is also the business of selling it.

Enter Esmond Harmsworth, a founding partner of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency, which has offices in Boston and New York. He says every agency has a common ingredient – “You have to insanely love books.”

Harmsworth reads at least one full-length book a week, and the first 20 pages of another ten. He generally makes a quick decision.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday March 31, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Culture; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Translations; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Traditional

A full-service publisher offering traditional and new services for our authors to help them succeed and stand out in an ever-changing market. 

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Budding writers in Scotland are invited by Scottish Book Trust to attend free writing workshops

dailyrecord.co.uk – Wednesday March 30, 2016

SECRETS AND CONFESSIONS will run from 30 March – 22 June, and in that time Scottish Book Trust wants to encourage the people of Scotland to confess their little white lies, dastardly deeds and hidden secrets.

People of all ages from across Scotland are invited to submit personal pieces of writing, which can be anything up to 1000 words long, about their own secret or confession. They can be written in a variety of different forms, such as a story, poem, song lyrics, a short play or sketch, a letter or even diary entry, and should be submitted via the Scottish Book Trust website.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 30, 2016

Publishes: Poetry

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Poetry ezine. Submit 3-5 per reading period, pasted into the body of an email (no attachments) with cover letter and bio, up to 75 words.

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Opportunity for writers and artists

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

October 2016 will mark the first anniversary of Verbolatry newsletter, and to celebrate there will be a contest for humorous essays and cartoons on writing/publishing.

There are cash prizes to be won and publication in the newsletter. In addition to increasing the newsletter's readership, the organisers hope is that this contest will fill a void in the industry and encourage and empower those writers and artists who work in this under-represented genre to continue creating good writing and art.

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