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BookCon 2016: Too Short for Readers, Just Right for Publishers

publishersweekly.com – Monday May 16, 2016

The biggest complaint from attendees at this year’s BookCon literary fanfest was that it was too short. Held the day after BEA in Chicago’s McCormick Place, on May 14, attendees were thrilled to be in Chicago, and very happy with the venue, the programming, and the show’s logistics, but disappointed that this year’s event had been downsized to one day from last year’s two-day event. As for the participating publishers, many of whom had spent three days previously exhibiting at BEA, they were very satisfied with how the show went, but happy that for them it meant only one more day inside McCormick Place rather than two.

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Publishers Database upgraded

firstwriter.com – Sunday May 15, 2016

Following last month's upgrade of the Magazines Database, firstwriter.com's Publishers Database has now also been upgraded.

The new-look Publishers Database features the same enhancements to the search, navigation, and listings as was introduced for the Magazines Database, making finding the right publisher for your work easier than ever.

For full details of all the new features, see the news item on the launch of the Magazines Database at https://www.firstwriter.com/news/?New-Magazines-Database-launched&GUID=584

To try out the new database yourself (anyone can try it out – you don't need to be a subscriber), go to https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers

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Publishers Say E-Book Sales Fell in the U.K. Last Year

fortune.com – Saturday May 14, 2016

The U.K. Publishers Association has released its latest annual sales figures, recording the first fall in e-book sales (at least, those from traditional publishers) in the seven years they’ve been tracked.

E-book sales fell 1.6% from £563 million ($811 million) in 2014 to £554m in 2015. Over the same period, physical sales rose 0.4% from £2,748 million to £2,760 million—the first rise in physical sales in four years.

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What you read affects your writing – so choose carefully

news.ufl.edu – Saturday May 7, 2016

Educators have studied the processes of reading and writing, and the development of skills in each area, but never how one influences the other. In a groundbreaking study in the May issue of the International Journal of Business Administration, University of Florida associate professor Yellowlees Douglas and graduate student Samantha Miller discovered strong correlations between the complexity of graduate students’ reading and their writing.

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Assistant Production Editor - Bloomsbury Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 7, 2016

Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an Assistant Production Editor for the adult trade division. This is an entry-level position, ideally suited to someone new to publishing but with a strong interest in managing editorial. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail.

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The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers ... but mostly for you

theguardian.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing industry” in the same sentence. It’s a complicated issue, but trust me, it’s one you need to care about because the threat and danger is appallingly simple: our very culture is at stake.

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13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday May 2, 2016

The firstwriter.com Twelfth International Short Story Contest has now closed. The judging process will now begin, and the winners should be announced in the summer.

But don't worry if you missed the deadline – entries are now being accepted for the Thirteenth International Short Story Contest. The competition is open to stories in any genre and on any subject, up to 3,000 words. 

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Author Eric Havens Writing a Horror Novel in Real Time

dreadcentral.com – Saturday April 30, 2016

When it comes to writing a novel, people usually think of an endless process of mapping out ideas, writing, editing, and re-writing before anything even resembling a finished book comes to fruition. Author Eric Havens decided to throw that out the window and is literally writing a horror novel on his website in real time, with no editing or re-writing allowed.

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Children’s book writing/illustration conference in June

dglobe.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Dakotas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting its 2016 conference, “The Business of Writing and Illustrating,” on June 11 at the Holiday Inn City Center in Sioux Falls. Optional workshops will be offered on June 10.

The conference is for writers, illustrators, and anyone interested in creating children’s and young adult books or magazine articles.

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Africa Day writing competition seeks to showcase African experience

irishtimes.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Irish Times has teamed up with Irish Aid on an African-themed writing competition, marking Africa Day 2016. The competition is designed to showcase emerging talent, as well as established writers. This is the second year the competition has run.

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