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Can Sweek turn free mobile stories into a self-publishing empire?

thebookseller.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Sweek is a global mobile platform for free reading, writing and sharing stories. Readers can like, share, follow and comment on stories, while writers have the opportunity to build a fanbase from scratch.

As well as mobile publishing, Sweek offers writers free services to self-publish their work - as a printed book and/or an e-book - and then sell it directly via social media, their own websites and relevant sales channels.

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Veteran Lit Agent David Boxerbaum Joins Verve Talent and Literary Agency

variety.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Lit agent David Boxerbaum has joined Verve Talent and Literary Agency as a partner.

Boxerbaum comes to Verve from Paradigm where he served as one of the agency’s top lit agents. It’s unknown what clients will be joining Boxerbaum at Verve, but his long list includes a strong group of respected directors, screenwriters, and producers.

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Job opening detail - Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC

publishersmarketplace.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC is a leading literary agency specializing in children’s book publishing. We represent numerous award-winning, well-established authors and illustrators, as well as new and emerging talent. We actively pursue the sale of subsidiary rights, including the sale of foreign translation, merchandising, and motion picture/television rights.

We are seeking someone to assist in all administrative aspects within our small home-office-based environment. The person needs to have strong verbal and written communication skills, be detail oriented, and be able to multi-task and meet deadlines, with and without supervision. Strong organizational skills, along with a proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat, are essential. Knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.

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Freight Books: liquidator takes control of award-winning Scottish publisher

theguardian.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

A liquidator has been appointed for the troubled publisher Freight Books, a one-time star of the Scottish publishing scene that was named Scottish publisher of the year in 2015.

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Hollywood and book publishers are turning to this online platform for their next '50 Shades of Grey'

cnbc.com – Monday October 30, 2017

Wattpad is an online platform where users upload their own stories, making it popular for romance novels and fan fiction.

Anna Todd began writing "After," a One Direction-inspired fan fiction, on Wattpad. After being read 1.5 billion times, she's scored seven-figure movie and book deals.

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A.I. Take a Surprisingly Successful Stab at Writing Horror Fiction

slate.com – Friday October 27, 2017

Scientists working on A.I. development are at least trying to make sure our future machine overlords aren’t subject to the same flaws and negative habits that plague us flesh-and-bone humans. But there are some grotesqueries of the human mind we might like A.I. to emulate—for art’s sake.

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Fast-Growing Page Street Ventures into Children's and YA Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Will Kiester never seems to lose his easygoing demeanor, even while describing the breakneck speed at which Page Street, his Salem, Mass.-based publishing house, continues to grow. Sales are up 20–30% this year; title output is up to 70 from 34 in 2015. New office space is being added to accommodate it all and, he added, he already needs more.

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Here's The Pitch Publishers Rejected When J.K. Rowling Was Trying To Get "Harry Potter" Published

buzzfeed.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling blessed us all when she released the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which is truly a worldwide phenomenon.

Rowling also hasn't been secretive about her prior struggle to get the series published, saying she received "loads" of rejections from publishers.

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Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

By Joey Eschrich
Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is proud to announce our Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. 

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CINE-BOOKS aims to unite authors and filmmakers with a new three-in-one format

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

CINE-BOOKS is a "next generation publishing and book-filming startup" that offers a 'three-in-one' digital book format, as well as a global distribution platform that aims to connect readers, authors and film-makers in the creation of highly visual books.

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