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Pullman urges publishers to examine their role

thebookseller.com – Monday April 11, 2016

Publishers need to ask themselves what are they offering writers and readers that other agencies cannot provide, author Philip Pullman told delegates at the International Publishers Congress yesterday (Sunday 10th April).

“If I was a publisher I’d be looking very carefully at what we do and what we don’t do," Pullman said. "I’d be asking: what is it that makes me necessary to writers and readers, storytellers and their audience? Could it be done by anyone else? Would it make any difference if it wasn’t done at all?”

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Expresso Analyzes Your Writing to Weed Out Unnecessary Words

lifehacker.com – Monday April 4, 2016

Words are powerful, and writers have to choose them carefully. Expresso helps improve your writing by analyzing your text, pointing out style issues, and suggesting alternatives.

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There's No One Way to Sell an E-book

publishersweekly.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

As e-books sales soften at the large trade houses, some independent digital (or mostly digital) publishers continue to see their e-book sales grow. Interviews with five independent publishers show a range of publishing practices with the e-books they publish and highlight the ways in which they promote and market their lists. The publishers PW contacted include startup ventures Brown Girls Books and Polis Books, more mature ventures such as Open Road Integrated Media and Diversion Books, as well as Start Media, the acquisitions-driven media content firm, and its Start Publishing division.

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Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

natlawreview.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content.  A recent case touches on some of the important legal issues associated with such change.  Among other things, the case illustrates the importance of service providers maintaining clear and appropriate terms and conditions that relate directly to the role they serve in the expression of content over online media.

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Latest VIDA survey charts women in literary magazines

thebookseller.com – Saturday April 2, 2016

The number of women contributors to the Times Literary Supplement dropped slightly in 2015, according to the latest annual survey by research organisation VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. But Granta by contrast saw a small rise in women's writing.

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Want a Writing Gig? John Hunt Publishing Might Be Looking for You

smallbiztrends.com – Friday April 1, 2016

If you’re a writer looking for a way to publish your next business book, you might be interested in an opportunity with JHP Business Books, part of the John Hunt Publishing Company.

Currently, JHP Business Books is looking for proposals from business authors who can provide a unique perspective on topics like marketing, management, finance, leadership, motivation and more.

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Budding writers in Scotland are invited by Scottish Book Trust to attend free writing workshops

dailyrecord.co.uk – Wednesday March 30, 2016

SECRETS AND CONFESSIONS will run from 30 March – 22 June, and in that time Scottish Book Trust wants to encourage the people of Scotland to confess their little white lies, dastardly deeds and hidden secrets.

People of all ages from across Scotland are invited to submit personal pieces of writing, which can be anything up to 1000 words long, about their own secret or confession. They can be written in a variety of different forms, such as a story, poem, song lyrics, a short play or sketch, a letter or even diary entry, and should be submitted via the Scottish Book Trust website.

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Opportunity for writers and artists

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

October 2016 will mark the first anniversary of Verbolatry newsletter, and to celebrate there will be a contest for humorous essays and cartoons on writing/publishing.

There are cash prizes to be won and publication in the newsletter. In addition to increasing the newsletter's readership, the organisers hope is that this contest will fill a void in the industry and encourage and empower those writers and artists who work in this under-represented genre to continue creating good writing and art.

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ICM Partners Mints Nine Partners: Talent Agency Now Has 47

deadline.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

ICM Partners has promoted nine agents to partner status, eight in Los Angeles and one in New York. The agents in need of new business cards: Jessica Lacy, Head of International and Independent Film; Dennis Ashley and Robert Gibbs, who have co-headed the West Coast urban music division; publishing agent Alexandra Machinist; television literary agents Erik Horine, Dan Norton and Pete Stone; Co-Head of Television Production Sean Freidin; and motion picture literary agent Doug Johnson.

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Call for Submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday March 28, 2016

The Write IdeaA Day in the Life of …(You)” Poem Title Prompt

 

“… Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Morning, Afternoon, and Night.

Two lines for each word above, and a couplet of advice.

Tell us in a sonnet, how you live your life ...”

 

Write a Sonnet, It doesn’t have to rhyme, or not.

Write two lines for each word-time of the prompt.

The last two lines are your words of advice.

Tell us in a Sonnet, 14 lines, how you lead your life.

Entitle the poem “A Day in the Life of …(You)”.

Winners will be published in LONE STARS.

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