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UVM Students Launch Literary Magazine 'Crossroads'

sevendaysvt.com – Wednesday October 9, 2019

University of Vermont students launched the literary magazine Crossroads, but its roots can be traced off-campus to Burlington's Light Club Lamp Shop. There, every Monday evening, poets and other writers meet to share their work open-mic style. That's where the Crossroads founders cemented their love of poetry, met future contributors and collaborators, and, most importantly, found a community they thought could be served by a new publication devoted to verse.

Alexander Ellis and Jack Wheaton started Crossroads in 2017 after one of those readings. Production involved a fair amount of furtive feeding of card stock into printers at the UVM library and late-night stapling sessions. That first issue, Ellis said with a laugh, was "really crappy." But to them, it was exciting just to see their words in print.

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Mango Publishing Acquires Red Wheel/Weiser's Conari Press

publishersweekly.com – Thursday October 3, 2019

Miami-based Mango Publishing has acquired Red Wheel/Weiser imprint Conari Press. The deal, which involved closee to 300 titles, closed on Tuesday.

Conari, founded in 1987, publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues. Mango associate publisher Brenda Knight previously held the same position at Conari, and will now oversee the imprint at Mango. "I am excited to get to work with these wonderful writers and thinkers again,” Knight said. Plans call for Conari to do about 10 books annually.

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Rogue book publishers slammed shut by the courts

gov.uk – Thursday October 3, 2019

Two rogue London-based publishers have had the book thrown at them after the courts wound-up the limited companies behind them.

Book World Limited and Hardback Printer Limited were wound up in the public interest in the Business & Property Court in Manchester on 23 September 2019. The Official Receiver has now been appointed as the Liquidator.

In considering the petition, the court heard Book World’s trade was concerned with taking orders from self-publishers before out-sourcing the jobs to suppliers predominantly based in Eastern Europe.

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2020 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 3, 2019

The 2020 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2019 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.

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Gollancz announces a £4,000 prize for sf writing by people of color

boingboing.net – Sunday September 29, 2019

Gollancz, a venerable British science fiction publisher (now a division of Hachette) has announced its BAME SFF Award, with a top prize of £4,000 for science fiction written by over-18 BAME ("Black, Asian, minority ethnic) writers.

The top prize includes a critique by Gollancz commissioning editor Rachel Winterbottom. Second prize is £2,000 and a critique, while five runners up will receive £800 each. Entrants need to submit 5,000-10,000 words of prose (either a complete short story or the opening of a novel) in the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres.

The prize is co-sponsored by writer Ben Aaronovitch, Nanowrimo and the Good Literary Agency.

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Corvisiero Literary Agency Presents Authorpreneur Workshop, 9/28/2019 @ The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ

centraljersey.com – Sunday September 29, 2019

Corvisiero Literary Agency presents its third annual Authorpreneur Workshop – By The River on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, New Jersey. There will be a full day of classes that will inform participants on everything they need to learn regarding editing a manuscript, pitching to agents and editors, demystifying publishing deals and developing the successful author mindset. The event will conclude with a networking mixer in the Pearl Lounge. Registration is $220. Pitching session with agents and editors, query critiques, first ten page evaluations with an editor and coaching sessions will also be available for an additional fee.  Refreshments and a deli-style lunch are included.

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Authors Guild and AAR back publishers in Audible Captions lawsuit

thebookseller.com – Wednesday September 25, 2019

The Authors Guild and the Association of Authors' Representatives have filed a joint brief supporting publishers' calls for a preliminary injuction to stop their works being included in Audible's Captions programme. 

Seven publishers launched a lawsuit last month against Audible's Captions programme, which allows US customers to read along to their audiobooks, arguing the feature is against copyright law. The publishers are also seeking a preliminary injunction to stop their works from being used in Captions. 

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One-of-a-Kind Writing Conference for Writers of All Skill Levels and Genres

openpr.com – Monday September 23, 2019

“If You Can Only Attend One Writers Workshop - Make It This One”

Calhoun, Georgia -- Calhoun Area Writers (CAW) and Rome Area Writers (RAW) today announced they have joined forces to host the 2019 Northwest Georgia Writers Conference set for Friday Nov. 1, and Saturday Nov. 2, at Rock Bridge Community Church in Calhoun.

“Last year’s conference was a huge success, and this year’s conference will be even better,” said Karli Land, founder and president of CAW. “We are all about promoting the craft of writing and helping others by offering key networking opportunities and writing-related instruction.”

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Bloody Scotland crime writing festival sets out to champion new writers

scotsman.com – Friday September 20, 2019

Scotland has so many book festivals readers are spoiled for choice. But for crime fiction fans, this weekend is particularly special, as Bloody Scotland arrives in Stirling for the eighth time to bring authors and book lovers together at around 40 events over three days.

On Friday night, the winner of the 2019 McIlvanney Prize for Crime Novel of the Year will be announced (see panel, right, for The Scotsman’s reviews of the shortlisted titles). There is also a new prize for debut authors. Bob McDevitt, director of Bloody Scotland, said: “The festival is always looking for new ways to discover and promote new writers… Publishing is a tough old world these days and anything that gives a bit of profile to a new writer is a good thing.”

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New York academic to open London's 'first co-working space for writers'

thebookseller.com – Thursday September 19, 2019

American academic Sharon Fulton will launch Clean Prose, "London’s first co-working space designed specifically for writers", next month. 

The newly revedeveloped three-floor property will open its doors to founding members on 1st October, before its official launch on 24th October in artistic collaboration with the cultural anthology Postscript to create a unique photoshoot and literary panel.

 “Located in the heart of Shoreditch and Old Street at 2 Charlotte Road, the three-storey building offers a different atmosphere on each floor,” according to academic-turned-entrepreneur Fulton.

Fulton, who studied and taught at Columbia University in New York for her PhD and Post-Doc, said: “I finished teaching there in 2016 and tutoring and teaching all over New York, in libraries as well, I wanted to keep teaching literature. I am looking for something but found writing by myself quite isolating. I would write ‘out’ in the Southbank Centre or a library but it’s frustrating because you don’t meet other writers in this way. I love London but there was nothing like this in London. I had this idea of opening a co-working space for writers and wanted it to be more than co-working so I developed this idea of it having more than one storey.”

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