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firstwriter.magazine Issue 31: Summer 2017

firstwriter.com – Monday August 28, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the penultimate issue of its long-running literary journal, 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. This 31st issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

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YA Publisher Allegedly Tricked Best Sellers List In Scheme To Sell The Movie Rights

cinemablend.com – Friday August 25, 2017

YA novels are still big business in the publishing world, but a large part of the reason for that is the frequency with which many of them get adapted as films. It seems one new book may have tried to game the system specifically to get the movie made.This week a book almost nobody had heard of, and even fewer had read, called Handbook for Mortals, found itself atop the New York Times Best Sellers list. Now, it seems the publisher may have used questionable means to get on the list in order to secure funding for the movie version of the book.

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Abridged 0 – 51 Wormwood: Submission Call

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 23, 2017

What if the end does not begin somewhere above our heads, but festers in the lives of individuals. What if it will not drop down from the sky but seep out slowly from the streams that flow under our senses. What if it isn’t colossal, overwhelming and thundering, but microscopic, sneaking and silent. What if we are deafened not by a distant bang but a cancer worming deep in our cells. What if it won’t be thrown at us, in our ignorance, from far far away, but is carried around inside us in tiny electric pieces. What if it is not of some mythological or hypothetical future but of the right now. Not the threat of a coming instant but a present dragging catastrophe.

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2018 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The 2018 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,400 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2017 edition, and nearly 400 brand new entries.

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Poetry anthology for Grenfell Tower

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

An anthology of poems is being compiled which respond to the Grenfell Tower tragedy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

The collection will be published by Eyewear in December 2017.

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'Lazy and sloppy': historical novelist Philippa Gregory's bizarre take on genre writing

theguardian.com – Monday August 14, 2017

In a bizarre miscalculation, the historical novelist Philippa Gregory took a sideswipe at the authors of genre novels in an interview with the New York Times yesterday. “Choosing to write a genre novel is like fencing the universe because you are afraid of space,” said Gregory, loftily. “Why does anyone write lazy, sloppy genre novels? The typing alone is so exhausting — surely if you’re going to undertake 150,000 words, you might as well have something interesting to say?”

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Magazines: How print is surviving the digital age

bbc.co.uk – Sunday August 13, 2017

Print sales have been declining for several years as readers find their content online - but now, something unusual is happening.

When was the last time you bought a magazine?

The answer is likely to depend on whether you prefer reading about Theresa May or Taylor Swift.

Magazine sales have generally been falling since the day the inventor of the internet said: "Hey, why don't I invent the internet?"

But the latest ABC figures, released this week, show that sales of certain titles are actually going up.

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Guy Intoci Leaves Dzanc Books, Michelle Dotter Named Publisher

publishersweekly.com – Monday August 7, 2017

Four years after joining Dzanc Books as senior editor and one year after assuming the position of publisher and editor-in-chief, Guy Intoci is stepping aside this month. By August 15, senior editor and internship coordinator Michelle Dotter will assume the duties of publisher and editor-in-chief of the small press, which is best known for its literary fiction offerings, although it also publishes nonfiction and, occasionally, poetry.

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Digital Staff Writer

holdthefrontpage.co.uk – Saturday August 5, 2017

Insider Media Limited is one of the UK’s fastest growing, regional,  B2B multimedia companies with award-winning magazine and online teams, market leading business events, and an expanding portfolio of information products and services.

We are looking for a Digital Staff Writer to produce creative and engaging regional email news bulletins and contribute rolling business news to the Insider Media web hub.

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Verve Launches Communications Arm, Hires Sarah Shulman To Run It

deadline.com – Friday July 28, 2017

Verve has taken the wraps off Verve Communications, a new division of the growing literary agency that will be run by Sarah Shulman. Shulman came aboard this week after spending the past five years at ICM Partners, where she was a manager in the corporate communications department.

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