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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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Abrams Artists Adds Agents Todd Eisner & Matt Gogal, Promotes Katie Gamelli

deadline.com – Friday July 28, 2017

Abrams Artists Agency is expanding its talent division, hiring Todd Eisner as Senior Agent in the firm’s Los Angeles Talent department, and Matt Gogal as a Talent Agent. Having joined Abrams in the past few weeks, both will report to SVP and Head of Theatrical in Los Angeles, Marni Rosenzweig.

In addition, Katie Gamelli has been promoted to Theatrical Literary Agent in New York, effective immediately. She is reporting to Sarah Douglas and Charles Kopelman.

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Emrys Journal seeks submissions on the theme of Laughter

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 27, 2017

From August 1, until November 1, 2017, Emrys Journal will be accepting submissions of unpublished fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction on the theme of "Laughter" for their 35th Anniversary Issue.

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Angela Booth Launches Two Romance Fiction Writing Guides For Self-Publishers

digitaljournal.com – Sunday July 23, 2017

Romances account for a third of all fiction titles published in a year. They account for two thirds of all fiction ebooks. In many genres of romance, indie authors dominate. Partly this is because indies control the pricing of their ebooks, but it's also because indie authors can publish quickly, to meet readers' demands.

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Yen Press to Launch JY, a Kids’ Graphic Novel Imprint in Fall 2017

publishersweekly.com – Sunday July 23, 2017

Looking to expand its efforts in a fast growing children’s graphic novel market, Yen Press LLC, a joint venture between Hachette and Japanese publisher Kadokawa, is launching JY, a new imprint focused on middle grade graphic novels. Named for JuYoun Lee, the deputy publisher of Yen Press, the new imprint will launch in Fall 2017 with the first of three series.

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Seat 14C: Science Fiction short story competition launched

firstwriter.com – Friday July 14, 2017

On June 28, XPRIZE launched Seat 14C, an online science fiction anthology that offers a glimpse into a techno-optimistic future.  Many of the world’s leading sci-fi authors have contributed an original short story told from the perspective of one of the passengers on a flight that mysteriously lands in San Francisco, 20 years in the future, and they need your help.

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Got a great book idea but not a clue what to do? Here's a brilliant scheme to apply for

chroniclelive.co.uk – Wednesday July 12, 2017

The country’s biggest book publisher, Penguin Random House, is focusing on the North East as part of a nationwide search for untapped writing talent.

Newcastle is one of the three cities – along with Bristol and London – chosen for the second year of its WriteNow initiative.

This will result in 10 writers being chosen for a year of professional mentoring with the aim of getting their book published.

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Flipside launches green writing competition

ipswichstar.co.uk – Friday July 7, 2017

FlipSide, East Anglia’s leading literary and arts festival based at the Snape Maltings, has launched an enviromentally-themed competition aimed at writers of all ages.

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Lone Stars Poetry Magazine call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Sunday June 25, 2017

The Write Idea Poets Prompt:

Poem Title to be  “In Another Life …”

          “I’m the one they’re singing about, the one in all those tunes;

           One who lives on Heart Thoughts and I Love Yous.”

              by Terry Lee (from The Rainbow Kid & The Pastel Cowboys circa 1972)

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For one month only, get the Writers' Handbook for half price

firstwriter.com – Saturday June 24, 2017

From July 1 to July 31, ebook-seller Smashwords will be running its ninth annual Summer/Winter Sale (so called because while it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and the sale is a global event).

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