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Amazon's Naggar tells publishers to slash e-book prices

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

Amazon’s publishing chief David Naggar has said publishers should slash their e-book prices to 99p to sell more books. However, publishers have retorted that this move would be “economically unwise” and would damage the whole book supply chain.

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Countdown to Wigtown Book Festival

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

The Wigtown Book Festival is upon us later this month (22 Sept to 1 Oct 2017).

This year's programme contains a host of literary goodies - from Andrew O'Hagan, Bella Bathurst, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Greig (all Sat 23 Sept) to the award-winning Kapka Kassabova (Sun 1 Oct), Dame Denise Mina (Sept 30), Chris Brookmyre (25 Sept) and former Guardian foreign editor Charlie English's acclaimed The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (Sat 30 Sept) .

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The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey ... children’s books boom

theguardian.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Once upon a time, nine-year-old bookworms used to curl up with Little Women, or burrow under the bedclothes with a torch to read Swallows and Amazons after hours. Childhood reading was an idyll in a walled garden and books forever shaped the landscape of our minds.

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Sundress Academy for the Arts Applications for Spring Artist Residencies

sundressacademyforthearts.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists' residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more for the Spring of 2018. Each residency includes a room of one's own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet. The length of a residency can range from one to three weeks. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for our spring residency period, which runs from January 1st to May 6th, 2018. The deadline for spring residency applications is September 10th, 2017.

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DHH Literary Agency to hold second pitching round

thebookseller.com – Saturday September 2, 2017

DHH Literary Agency is holding its second round of pitching sessions for unrepresented writers in November.

With a view to finding new clients, and following its first successful session held in April this year, five agents will be available for a 10-minute slot for an individual writers to pitch their story and receive "honest and valuable" feedback. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 27th November at Browns on St. Martins Lane in central London.

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Akbar to edit online literary magazine for Unbound

thebookseller.com – Friday September 1, 2017

Unbound is launching an editorially-independent online literary magazine dedicated to long-form writing, edited by former Independent literary editor Arifa Akbar, and titled Boundless.

Created in part to counter the diminishing space in traditional media, the magazine will launch this autumn as part of the Unbound website and will focus on "long, well-written pieces" (2,000 to 3,000 words) by authors and critics, covering a broad range of subjects.

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Thirteenth short story contest winners announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 31, 2017

After much deliberation, firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Thirteenth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2016 and closed on May 1, 2017.

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Stephanie Wolfe Murray, publisher – obituary

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Stephanie Wolfe Murray, who has died aged 76, co-founded the influential Scottish publisher Canongate Books and kept it afloat through regular financial crises for some 25 years.

Though Scottish publishing had a distinguished history in the 19th century, by the early 1970s there were only really two publishers which could accurately be called Scottish: Chambers, which primarily produced dictionaries, and Bartholomew, the mapmakers.

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Howard Kaminsky, Publisher With a Best-Seller Sense, Dies at 77

nytimes.com – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Howard Kaminsky, who honed his instincts for publishing commercially successful books at scrappy Warner Books and parlayed that sense into high-level positions at Random House and Hearst, died on Saturday in Manhattan. Mr. Kaminsky, whose authors included Richard M. Nixon and Donald J. Trump, was 77.

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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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