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Tandem Light Press and 220 Publishing Present Midwest "Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference" April 7th in Milwaukee

digitaljournal.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Feb. 13, 2018 / PRZen / MILWAUKEE -- Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference, a Milwaukee-area literary full-day conference designed to provide support and insight to up-and-coming writers, this week announced the conference will officially take place on April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For those wishing to submit their manuscript for a critique by a literary agent through the event, the conference this week announced there is a February 20, 2018 deadline for submissions – manuscripts do not have to be completed in full.

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ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class

hollywoodreporter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018

ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.

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Nosy Crow scoops five nominations for IPG Awards

thebookseller.com – Monday February 12, 2018

Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury have dominated the IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists alongside various radical publishers such as Verso and Zed Books.

Nosy Crow has scooped five nominations in four of the 12 categories, while Bloomsbury is nominated three times.

Class Publishing, Kogan Page, Otter-Barry Books and SPCK all have two nominations across the shortlists while 10 publishers—Boydell & Brewer, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Hurst Publishers, Little Tiger Group, Old Barn Books, Otter-Barry Books, Pluto Press, Verso and Zed Books—appear on the shortlists for the first time.

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Is Regan Arts Pivoting or Sputtering?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 10, 2018

When it launched in 2013, Regan Arts was touted as a multimedia venture that would produce an array of entertainment properties with a focus on what its publisher, Judith Regan, knew best: books. Although the house got off to a promising start, publishing insiders say things have changed. After staff reductions, softening print book sales, and a number of canceled projects, alarms have been going off in publishing circles. For her part, Regan, who declined to talk directly to PW for this story, said through her lawyer that it’s business as usual. For a number of literary agents, who claim their clients have had their titles unceremoniously dropped, it’s no such thing.

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Publishers call on Man Booker prize to drop American authors

theguardian.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Tensions over the decision to allow US authors to enter the Man Booker prizehave flared up yet again, with 30 publishers signing a letter urging the prize organisers to reverse the change, or risk a “homogenised literary future”.

The letter, which was intended to be private and has been seen by the Guardian, argues that the rule change to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter has restricted the diversity of the prize and led to the domination of American authors since it came into effect in 2014. Previously, the prize only allowed citizens from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland to enter.

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J.K. Rowling shares insights into her writing style

aninews.in – Wednesday January 31, 2018

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Jan. 31 (ANI): J.K. Rowling took out some time and took to Twitter to answer some of the questions asked by her followers.

There were questions about her writing style, her upcoming novels, her ideation process, and such.

She replied in her usual candid, tongue-in-cheek manner. Here are some of the excerpts.

When a user asked if she plans her story before she starts, she answered in affirmative.

She wrote, "I plan a lot. This particular novel's plan comprises a vast, complicated, colour-coded table showing all the suspects, with blue ink for clues and red ink for red herrings".

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What Amazon's Mysterious 50% Royalty 'Error' Says About Self-Publishing

forbes.com – Sunday January 28, 2018

Authors using Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon's  e-book publishing unit, were given a shock when they turned to their KDP dashboards on January 9: A "50%" royalty rate had appeared between the normal 35% and 70% on the dashboard. The new feature was unclickable, unexplained, and had quickly vanished by the next day. “This was an error and we apologize for any confusion. None of our royalty terms have changed,” an Amazon spokesperson informed me when I asked. Though nothing else has been confirmed, the self-publishing community has been swift to make their informed opinions known.

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SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed

markets.businessinsider.com – Saturday January 27, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mystery Writers of America's Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country's premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference's guests of honor, agents, and editors.

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ICM Partners Acquires Lit Outfit The Sagalyn Agency, Opens D.C. Office

deadline.com – Friday January 26, 2018

ICM Partners has acquired The Sagalyn Agency, the Washington D.C.-based literary agency that reps leading journalists, historians, biographers, scientists, thought leaders and novelists. The deal comes four years after ICM and Raphael Sagalyn’s company formed an alliance that melded Sagalyn’s strong nonfiction author list and ICM’s roster dominated by fiction authors.

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firstwriter.magazine final issue - out now

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

This month sees the launch of the last ever issue of firstwriter.magazine

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. All good things must come to an end, however, and issue 32 will be the last issue of firstwriter.magazine. Managing Editor, J. Paul Dyson, gave the following explanation about the decision to end the long-running publication:

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