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Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice

wildhunt.org – Wednesday January 4, 2017

The new year has been rung in and resolutions have been made and, for many, high on the list of resolutions is to finish writing a book and have it published. This is, would be their first attempt at becoming a professional author. While there are many resources devoted to the budding writer, there isn’t much specific to publishers who work with Pagan, Heathen, and other occult topics.

The Wild Hunt spoke with several publishers about the kinds of books that they are looking for this year and what common mistakes prevent a book from being accepted. They offer some helpful and direct advice for budding authors.

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Entries open for comedy writing contest

chortle.co.uk – Sunday January 1, 2017

Entries have opened for the first comedy writing award set up in honour of Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs.

Comedy producers, performers and friends of the writer contributed to a memorial trust. which is now offering a £500 first prize to the winner of this competition.

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Tributes paid to agent David Miller

thebookseller.com – Saturday December 31, 2016

Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.

In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December.  David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.

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Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?

9to5google.com – Thursday December 29, 2016

Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…

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Rob Carlson, Agent to Top Screenwriters and Directors, Joins UTA

sfgate.com – Wednesday December 28, 2016

Rob Carlson, a motion picture literary agent whose clients include Hasbro, Michael Bay and Jon M. Chu, has joined UTA, the agency announced in a Tuesday statement.

Carlson, who reps some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, comes from WME, where he began his career in the mailroom and worked for 25 years. He spent eight years as a TV packaging agent before transitioning into movies.

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Rick Pascocello joins Glass Literary Management

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 27, 2016

Rick Pascocello has joined the boutique literary agency, Glass Literary Management, as a literary agent. Rick previously worked at Penguin Random House for 23 years, where he was Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing. 

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Channel 4 begins hunt for new northern writing talent

prolificnorth.co.uk – Wednesday December 21, 2016

Channel 4 has launched its search for new northern writing talent – giving the chance for three writers to win £3,000 bursaries and the opportunity to work on shows including Hollyoaks.

The scheme is open to writers who are new to television and three winners will be placed with independent production companies Lime Pictures and Bonafide Films.

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Brisbane author John Birmingham takes leap from trade publishing to go indie

abc.net.au – Saturday December 17, 2016

Brisbane author John Birmingham likens the break with his trade publishers to jumping out a window, but insists the leap was not suicidal and that he has landed firmly on his feet.

The successful author, renowned for his iconic 1994 autobiographical novel He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, has garnered worldwide acclaim in more recent years for mystery thrillers and alternate history novels including The Disappearance trilogy and the Axis of Time series.

All were released with big-name publishers. But in 2015 Birmingham found to his chagrin how quickly those ties could unwind.

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Jill Corcoran Expands into Adult Market

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday December 14, 2016

Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, in an effort to both extend its reach in the children's book market and expand into the adult market, has announced the addition of four new agents.

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Lance Person’s literary grail is Austin’s Belle Lutte Press

mystatesman.com – Monday December 12, 2016

Why would a successful attorney quit his job to start a small literary publishing house?

Why would he then scan more than 1,000 submissions before picking a first novel to edit and publish through his newly minted Belle Lutte Press?

Austin’s Lance Person can explain. He’s the attorney who did it.

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