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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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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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