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Author launches writing competition in conjunction with National Express

wiltshiretimes.co.uk – Saturday November 26, 2016

A CHILDREN’S author is calling on budding young authors in Wiltshire to get their literary careers off the ground and express themselves in a new national writing competition.

Writer Huw Powell has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Express Yourself’ short story competition, launched in conjunction with the coach company’s new on-board entertainment system which launches next week (November 28).

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Want to Succeed at Self-Publishing? Don’t Be Discouraged: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday November 22, 2016

Indie author Ben Batchelder – who describes writing as his fourth (and final) career – says that he didn’t write his second book. Rather, To Belém & Back “first wrote me.”

His self-published tale of traveling the backroads of Brazil with his black lab, Atlas, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, with our reviewer describing the book as “insightful and poignant” and praising Batchedler for “seamlessly combin[ing] the personal, the political, and the cultural.”

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National Novel Writing Month: Writing 50,000 words with 10 other writers -- in a castle

edition.cnn.com – Monday November 21, 2016

A picturesque castle in southwest France is the setting. The mission: To write 50,000 words in November.

The challenge is part of National Novel Writing Month, known online as Nanowrimo, which this year had social media buzzing because 10 participants brought their novels to life at the imposing Château de Cadrès.

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Tyndale Expands Its Children’s and YA Publishing Program

publishersweekly.com – Saturday November 19, 2016

In an effort to boost its children’s and young adult division, Tyndale House Publishers has expanded the staff at Tyndale Kids and is making a series of acquisitions.

Changes to the staff at Tyndale Kids include the promotion of Tyndale Kids’ acquisitions director Linda Howard to associate publisher. Further, Jesse Doogan moved from Tyndale’s digital deployment and marketing area to Tyndale Kids as acquisitions editor, and Kristi Gravemann, formerly in marketing and product development at Awana, has joined as marketing manager. Lastly, Nancy Clausen has taken the expanded role of senior marketing director at Tyndale, overseeing the marketing for adult nonfiction titles as well as children’s.

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Amazon launches writing competition to reinvent Twas Night Before Christmas

thebookseller.com – Wednesday November 16, 2016

Amazon is launching a nationwide writing competition in search of a modern day version of popular poem "Twas Night Before Christmas". 

The competition will see a new take on the 200-year-old classic turned into a book and shared with a potential audience of millions, since it will be made available for free on Kindle devices, as well the Kindle reading app for iOS and Android, in a five-day giveaway this Christmas. 

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Will Sci-Fi Bots Write the Next Great Dystopian Novel?

livescience.com – Wednesday November 16, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. — William Faulkner kept the words flowing with a steady drip of whiskey. Laurence Sterne conquered writer's block by shaving his beard. Ernest Hemingway stopped writing just when the story got good, so he'd always know where to pick up the next day.

But perhaps the next generation of writers may get a boost from robots that do the hard work for them. An idea, put forth by an American author, is to use artificial intelligence to fill in parts of a story, an email or other document when a writer is searching for the best way to express him or herself. Programs that use neural networks (machines modeled after the brain) or so-called deep learning may be especially useful, Robin Sloan, the author of "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), said here at the Real Future Fair yesterday (Nov. 15). [Super-Intelligent Machines: 7 Robotic Futures]

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Nick Earls successfully takes on dark art of digital publishing with novella experiment

abc.net.au – Monday November 14, 2016

Brisbane author Nick Earls says his multi-platform experiment, publishing five novellas in five months, seems to have proved a risk worth taking.

With the help of boutique Australian publisher Inkerman and Blunt, Earls this year released the novellas simultaneously in print, as ebooks and as audiobooks — embracing online publishing in a way most traditional publishers have scrupulously avoided until now.

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We Can All Help Children Unlock The Joys Of Writing

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Friday November 11, 2016

In recent years, reading for enjoyment has been prioritised in schools, across government policy and through third sector initiatives, reaping huge rewards for children. Indeed, our research shows that year-on-year, growing numbers of pupils are reading for pleasure and enjoying reading.

With writing for enjoyment receiving nowhere near the same level of cross-sector support, it is perhaps unsurprising that our latest research, Children and Young People’s Writing in 2015, revealed that pupils are enjoying writing far less than reading and do not write outside of school as often as they read.

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Digital publishing is a lifeline for writers outside London

thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 8, 2016

There’s no wrong way to write. Countless blogs, workshops and lectures tell us that every writer’s journey is unique. Whether your story belongs on a shelf or the digital page, writing is a process of fumbling along, wrangling with self-doubt, second guessing and ploughing on anyway.

Knowing where to go once you’ve found your way through the platitude minefield with what you’ve written is just another part of that. The process of getting noticed in the publishing industry is a minefield all its own, to which the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair - organised by Comma Press and hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University - provided a map both in 2015, when I attended for the first time, and again this year. It is unlike any other writer’s convention I have been to, and the only one I am aware of offering an affordably priced ticket to an intense day of panels as well as the chance to meet some industry professionals.

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Carole Blake Open Doors Project founded in agent's memory

thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 8, 2016

The Blake Friedmann Agency has launched the Carole Blake Open Doors Project in memory of the “beloved” agent, who died suddenly in October. 

The programme will encourage candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry. It will offer six days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and four nights’ accommodation in London. Applicants from various backgrounds are being encouraged to apply, including those who have not been to college or university (like Blake), those from low income families, those from BAME backgrounds, and those who live outside the London.

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