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Literary Agent Lindsay Framson Leaves UTA, Joins Kaplan/Perrone As Manager

deadline.com – Wednesday June 22, 2016

Framson had been at UTA for eight years. She started in the agency’s mailroom in 2008 and worked in the TV lit department as an agent for the past four years. Clients who will stay with her in her new role as manager and become clients of Kaplan/Perrone include Justin Brenneman (Quantico), Kyle Flynn, Kathleen Hale, Danielle Henderson (Divorce), Emily Hirshey (The Ranch), Matt Hausfater (Undateable), Deirdre Mangan (iZombie), Morgan Margraf & Jerica Lieberman (Mistresses) and Jack Lawrence Mayer (Single Long).

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Online journal in search of writing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 22, 2016

Forage Poetry Journal is a recently created online journal in search of writing and art that is accessible, and that "reaches into that space between our heads and our hearts to open a door to something we had almost missed".

The magazine is accepting submissions on a theme of the Poetry of Tragedy until July 20th, 2016. The submission page also contains information on upcoming themes and future deadlines.

The magazine also welcomes creative nonfiction, essays, photography and original artwork for each theme.

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Bards beware: Fiction-writing AI demanding spot at table of content

japantimes.co.jp – Sunday June 19, 2016

It was a dark, overcast day, with clouds hovering low.

The room was kept at the most appropriate temperatures and humidity, as usual. Yoko sat on a couch in an untidy manner, killing time with a silly game. But she would not talk to me.

I’m bored. I could not be bored more . . .

So begins a short story titled “A day when a computer writes fiction.” The story, in which boredom prods a computer into writing a novel, was created with the help of artificial intelligence.

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Poems still sought for Welcome to Leicester

firstwriter.com – Friday June 17, 2016

Poems are sought for the Welcome to Leicester anthology. The deadline for submissions of poems on the theme of messages or stories about the city of Leicester is July 15, 2016.

Submissions can be made by email to poetry@leicesterwrites.co.uk or by post. Only previously published poems can be accepted.

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Female-focused new writing company the Coterie launches

thestage.co.uk – Thursday June 16, 2016

A new theatre company with a focus on nurturing female playwrights has been launched.

Created by director Caitlin McLeod, the Coterie will initially focus on commissioning three new plays by women over a period of a year and a half, to allow time for the scripts to be fully developed.

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A Tale of Two Cultures: Children's Publishing in France and America

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday June 15, 2016

French and American children’s book publishers gathered on June 9 for the Franco-American Children’s Book Publisher Conference at the French Embassy in New York City. The event was the second of its kind to be held at the embassy, following a conference last year focused on Franco-American comics and graphic novel publishing. Panelists from both France and America spoke about the children’s book industry in their respective countries, challenges relating to publishing works in translation, as well as differences of aesthetic and content in French and American children’s titles. The conference culminated with an evening presentation by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who honored Françoise Mouly, publisher of Toon Books.

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UTA Hires TV Lit Agent Rina Brannen

deadline.com – Saturday June 11, 2016

Brannen comes from the Rothman Brecher Agency, where she was an agent in the TV lit department for the past three years. She began her career as an assistant in the Motion Picture Literary department at CAA then went on to work for various producers and filmmakers before joining the Gersh Agency, where she worked as agent for two years.

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Writers in all-night coffeeshop lockin to get creative juices flowing

theargus.co.uk – Monday June 6, 2016

WANNABE writers will shut themselves into one of the city’s most novel creative spaces overnight later this month for a dusk-til-dawn writing event.

The “All Night Write” at 88 London Road - formerly the Emporium - will close its doors at 10pm sealing writers in the coffee-house-cum-theatre and not reopen them until six o’clock the following morning.

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National Poetry Anthology seeks submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday June 6, 2016

The National Poetry Anthology is seeking submissions of poetry from across the UK by June 30, 2016.

Entry is free and over 100 winners will be selected this year. Each will receive a free copy of the book. One overall winner also gets £1,000 and a trophy to keep for life. 

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Could Publishers and Agents Agree on a Flat Royalty Rate?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday June 4, 2016

Since e-books became a crucial source of revenue for publishers six years ago, the royalty rate on the format has been an ongoing bone of contention between authors (and their agents) and publishers. While authors and agents have stood firm on their position that the standard rate of 25% (which refers to the percentage of net profits authors receive on e-books sold) must change, publishers haven’t budged. Could a flat royalty system, in which one rate is used across formats, be a solution? Though some industry members believe a single rate could simplify a complicated royalty structure, agents said the move wouldn’t address the real problem: authors being shortchanged on the profits from their e-books.

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