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Folio Lit Acquires Emma Sweeney Agency

publishersweekly.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

Folio Literary Management has acquired the Emma Sweeney Literary Agency (ESA), effective January 2, 2020. The latter, founded in 2006, represented such authors as Sara Gruen and Edgar Cantero.

In a release about the deal, Folio said authors at ESA have won a host of major literary awards, including the Nobel and the Pulitzer. And Gruen's 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, has Folio noted, sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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CalArts’ Creative Writing MFA Program Is Seeking Applications for Fall 2020

hyperallergic.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

CalArts’ MFA Creative Writing Program—a two-year master’s degree dedicated to fostering the experimental impulse, is seeking applicants for Fall 2020.  A non-tracking program that allows students the freedom to study across genre and form, CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program is designed for writers who want to push beyond traditional boundaries and discover new modes of expression through language. With new faculty members Michael Leong and Anthony McCann, and exciting guests including the 2020 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence, John Keene, there’s never been a better time to apply.

Centered in the storied creative laboratory that is CalArts—an electric community of boundary-pushing visual and performing artists—the program’s rigorous courses can be supplemented by enriching electives from across the institute. CalArts incredible faculty, stellar reading series, and genre-busting literary magazine, SubLevel, afford our students the opportunity to work and study with some of the most exciting writers publishing today. Postgraduate professional development opportunities such as teaching fellowships, and artist residencies, gird our graduates for the demands of life as a working writer.

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While $26 Billion Publishing Industry Is Flat, This Vertical Segment Is Exploding. Leverage These Insights To Ride The Wave

forbes.com – Thursday October 31, 2019

The publishing industry has gone through several transformations since the internet arrived with the introduction of e-readers, digital and audio books and the growth of book sales online. While this has crippled some companies who did not move with all the innovation, Borders Books for one, it has opened up new opportunities for the rising segment of self-publishing. 

An annual report form the Association of American Publishers indicated that the U.S. book publishing industry generated an estimated $26.23 billion in net revenue for 2017, representing 2.72 billion books. While this revenue is fairly flat, year over year, self publishing is rapidly rising with e-books, print on demand and audiobooks bringing in billions of U.S. dollars in revenue each year. According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker, self-publishing grew at a rate of more than 28% in 2017. The total number of self-published titles grew from 786,935 to 1,009,188, surpassing the million mark for the first time.

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BookLife Launches Paid Review Service for Self-Pubbed Books

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday October 30, 2019

BookLife, Publishers Weekly's website and monthly supplement dedicated to self-publishing, has launched BookLife Reviews, a paid reviews service open exclusively to self-published authors.

BookLife Reviews will be written by Publishers Weekly reviewers, but remain distinct from Publishers Weekly reviews. The service is designed to help self-published authors reach readers by providing them with credible and reliable assessments of their work from reviewers with expertise in their genres and styles.

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UEA to mark 50 years of creative writing MA with international programme

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 30, 2019

The University of East Anglia is marking 50 years of its pioneering creative writing MA with a programme of events including a new international chair of creative writing position occupied in turn by five prominent writers from around the world.

Founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970, the course was the first of its kind in the UK and counted Ian McEwan as its debut student. UEA will now mark the anniversary with a national and international programme of events, activities and initiatives to run across the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Find The Perfect Word For Your Writing With These Tools

forbes.com – Wednesday October 30, 2019

Writing is a tough game sometimes. Writers are constantly searching for the perfect word to convey an idea, to share the right emotion, or explain a difficult concept, among other situations. The right word in a headline might make or break a story, getting those all-important readers to spend time with your words. 

Rather than stay stuck, most writers will pull out a thesaurus, online or hard copy. These two tools, OneLook and Related Words offer just the right balance of speed and thoroughness to help you find the perfect word to make your writing hold a reader’s attention.

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Literary Magazine 'Bad Nudes' Releases Its First Anthology

thelinknewspaper.ca – Monday October 28, 2019

Bad Books, the sister press of the quarterly literary magazine Bad Nudes, just released the publication’s first anthology.

But no, these are not your typical nudes. Since 2016, Bad Nudes “has been pairing dynamic and innovative writing with boundary-pushing design.”

Avid Bad Nudes readers will be able to revisit writers who particularly made a mark on the magazine. The anthology features new poetry and prose by authors whose contributions made a significant mark at the publication. It was designed and laid out by Sandy Spink.

The anthology, launched on Oct. 20, will be Bad Nudes‘s first print exclusive.

Fawn Parker, co-founder and poetry editor, feels that the anthology gives the magazine a chance to publish its milestones.

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E-Book Revenues Decreased In August

forbes.com – Sunday October 27, 2019

E-book revenues continue to decrease for many American publishers. According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which reports on net revenue based on figures from 1,360 publishers, net e-book revenues for trade books were down 7.3% in August compared to August of 2018. (Net revenues in trade were down 3.6% overall.)

While net revenues were $93 million last August, they came in at $86.3 million this year. The format, however, still generates the third-most revenue–though it trails paperback and mass market ($243.1 million) and hardback ($230.7 million) revenues substantially.

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Enter The 1st Annual Killer Shorts Horror Screenplay Competition!

pophorror.com – Tuesday October 22, 2019

Think you have the perfect screenplay for a short horror film? One that captures classic themes or has an innovative, game changing concept? As anyone who has ever worked as a professional or amateur writer knows that talent has to coincide with timing, and getting the right opportunity can change everything. Remember, films like Saw, Lights Out and The Babadook both started out as horror shorts with roots in a very innovative screenplay.

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Hera Books, Beaumont and O’Donoghue shortlisted for RNA awards

thebookseller.com – Tuesday October 22, 2019

Hera Books founders Keshini Naidoo and Lindsay Mooney, agent Diana Beaumont and Promising Young Women author Caroline O’Donoghue are some of the professionals who have made the shortlists for the Romantic Novelists’ Association's annual Industry Awards for 2019.

The RNA Industry Awards are voted on by its membership to recognise and to celebrate the variety of professionals whose work goes into supporting and promoting the genre of romantic fiction.

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