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How print beat digital in the book world

straitstimes.com – Saturday February 4, 2017

If the media industry needed proof that it moved too quickly to devalue its print products on the way to chasing digital audiences, the book industry has been making a convincing case in the last few years. The rise of print book sales and decline in e-books in 2015 was no accident. Last year, the trend continued, and self-publishing in electronic form no longer seemed as good a bet as in previous years.

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Winners of the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition announced

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 24, 2017

firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winner and special commendations in its Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, which closed on November 1, 2016.

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Fiction and poetry submissions invited for new issue of magazine

firstwriter.com – Monday January 23, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the latest 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 30th 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 Twelfth International Short Story Contest, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here. If you'd like to enter your work in the Thirteenth International Short Story Contestclick here.

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Acquisitions Editor - Brilliance Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Friday January 20, 2017

Do you want to play a pivotal role in a growing business? Do you have a passion for developing, owning and driving content strategies forward? Brilliance Publishing (a division of Amazon Publishing), is looking to hire an experienced and market-savvy Acquisitions Editor who will acquire exceptional titles for our audiobook publishing division, Brilliance Audio.

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San Francisco Writers Conference: Offers Nine Free Events in 2017

expertclick.com – Tuesday January 17, 2017

The San Francisco Writers Conference is an annual gathering that draws 110+ bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, and publishing industry professionals to the Bay Area.  These presenters, from the West Coast, New York City, and beyond, come to the event looking for new talent, to share their expertise with the attendees, and do some quality networking themselves.  At the SFWC attendees rub shoulders with the very people who help build writing careers.

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Aphelion celebrates its 20th birthday

firstwriter.com – Saturday January 14, 2017

Aphelion: The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy began it's run as a non-profit, free webzine promoting new and upcoming writers in February, 1997. On February 5th, 2017, Aphelion will celebrate the publication's 20th birthday. The magazine is still provided for free, and without ads or subscriptions. To mark this anniversary, the magazine will feature "Best Of" selections from throughout it's long history in each issue during the year, in addition to its usual fiction offerings.

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Crowdfunded small-press prize announces inaugural shortlist

theguardian.com – Thursday January 12, 2017

A prize designed to reward “brave, bold and brilliant” literature from small presses that raised its purse from crowdfunding has announced its inaugural shortlist of eight titles.

The Republic of Consciousness prize was set up by award-winning novelist Neil Griffiths with a personal donation of £2,000. Open to imprints based in the UK, Commonwealth and Ireland, short-form and long-form fiction is eligible for the award, which splits the prize money between the winning authors and their publishers.

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The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Names Maria A. Pallante as President and CEO

businesswire.com – Thursday January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that the former United States Register of Copyrights, Maria A. Pallante, will succeed Tom Allen who is retiring as President and CEO. Pallante, who will join AAP on January 17, 2017, is widely-known as an intellectual property expert with a distinguished record of public service.

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What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers

irishtimes.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017

This time last year Sarah Davis-Goff of Irish publisher Tramp Press wrote an Irish Times article predicting success for independent publishers in 2016. She was right. Oneworld had a second Man Booker Prize winner in a row with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following their 2015 success, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Two-man publisher Contraband had a Man Booker shortlisted bestseller in Graham Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project while Salt’s Belfast author Paul McVeigh won the Polari Prize for The Good Son. Independent publishing now has a reputation for being at the forefront of scouting out new literary talent.

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Revealed: The line-up for Aberdeen’s new crime writing festival, Granite Noir

pressandjournal.co.uk – Sunday January 8, 2017

Some of the most celebrated talent from the Nordic Noir scene will join Scotland’s own Tartan Noir authors for Granite Noir, which takes place in the city from February 24-26.

Among the names from the Nordic Noir genre will be Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen, Sweden’s Kristina Ohlsson and Thomas Rydahl from Denmark.

Already announced as headliners are renowned crime writers Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre – as well as the north-east’s very own crime fiction stalwart Stuart MacBride.

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