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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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WME Names 18 New Partners

variety.com – Saturday December 10, 2016

WME has promoted 18 people to partner, across film, television, music, non-scripted television, endorsements, and books.

In New York, Claudia Ballard from the books department, Josh Bider in non-scripted television, and Strand Conover in endorsements were named partners. Shari Lewin, an agent who focuses on endorsement deals for the agency’s country music artists, was also part of the group.

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Northern Writers' Awards 2017 open for entries with £40,000 to reward promising work

chroniclelive.co.uk – Tuesday December 6, 2016

Need a bit of financial support as you work on a novel or a poetry or short story collection? The £40,000 Northern Writers’ Awards could be just the job.

Writers from across the north of England are invited to submit their work in progress to organisers New Writing North.

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Andrew Wylie Makes First Appearance at Guadalajara

publishersweekly.com – Saturday December 3, 2016

The professional program at FIL opened with a keynote address from Andrew Wylie, one of the world’s most renowned literary agents. Wylie spoke about the role literary agents play today, especially as regards international markets. He observed, “The trouble with most literary agencies is that they are local and not global.”

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E-books can be sold with reduced VAT, says EC

thebookseller.com – Friday December 2, 2016

European publishers and booksellers have welcomed the decision of the European Commission (EC) to allow VAT to be reduced on e-books, with sales now bound to go up, according to booksellers.

Brussels yesterday (1st December) released proposals for new tax rules, including delivering on its pledge "to enable Member States to apply the same VAT rate to e-publications such as e-books and online newspapers as for their printed equivalents, removing provisions that excluded e-publications from the favourable tax treatment allowed for traditional printed publications".

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Spread the Word launches new Life Writing Prize

thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 29, 2016

Writer development organisation Spread the Word is launching a new nationwide Life Writing Prize, thanks to a donation from writer Joanna Munro and partnership support from Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, the Royal Society of Literature and Arvon.

The year 2017 will mark the first of this five-year scheme designed to boost opportunities for life writers within the literary prize circuit. The prize is worth £1,500 to the winner, who will also receive a week’s Arvon residential retreat, two-years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature and a meeting with an agent or editor (as appropriate). Two highly commended writers will receive £500 and a session with a mentor.

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Agent Jonathan Clowes dies

thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 29, 2016

Doris Lessing’s literary agent Jonathan Clowes has died aged 86.

He died at his home in France this morning (Friday 18th November).

His agency, Jonathan Clowes Limited, issued a statement saying: “It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Jonathan Clowes. Jonathan was a unique man who led a varied life - first as conscientious objector, then active communist and thereafter as a trailblazing and extraordinarily successful agent to writers such as Len Deighton and Doris Lessing. We will continue to embrace his renegade, and quietly commanding, spirit in all we do.”

He leaves a widow Ann Evans, director of the agency, who he had been married to since 1981.

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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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