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WGA & ATA Fail To Reach New Deal; Mass Firing Of Agents And Lawsuits Loom

deadline.com – Saturday April 13, 2019

The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents have failed to reach an agreement on a new franchise agreement, setting the stage for unprecedented upheaval in the film and TV industry. Thousands of writers now are ordered by the guild to fire their agents, and in the coming days, expect both sides to carry out their threats to sue each other.

The guild said this afternoon that “as of midnight tonight, every agency will be required to become a signatory” to its new Code of Conduct. Writers will have to fire any agency that refuses to sign it. (Read the letter from guild leaders to members below.) All of the major agencies have said they will not sign, so the unprecedented battle between writers and their agents soon will be on.

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J.K. Rowling to help Killer Women. Wait—that’s not what it sounds like!

04 – Friday April 12, 2019

No, our beloved author has not joined the Death Eaters.  Killer Women is an author collective of female crime writers.  They are launching a mentoring scheme for aspiring female crime writers from minority and working-class backgrounds.  Writers who fit the demographic requirements can submit synopses and sample chapters of work in the crime, psychological thriller, or suspense genres until July 1, 2019. 

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Win $500 as Wesleyan MFA program holds 4th Annual Broadside Writing Contest

mybuckhannon.com – Friday April 12, 2019

A writing practice requires us to slow down, reflect, and attend. HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan’s MFA Program seek to honor this practice with an annual broadside contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by Charleston, W.Va. letterpress company Base Camp Printing.

The contest runs April 1 through June 1, 2019.

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The first AI-generated textbook shows what robot writers are actually good at

theverge.com – Wednesday April 10, 2019

Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning.

The book, titled Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research, isn’t exactly a snappy read. Instead, as the name suggests, it’s a summary of peer-reviewed papers published on the topic in question. It includes quotations, hyperlinks to the work cited, and automatically generated references contents. It’s also available to download and read for free if you have any trouble getting to sleep at night.

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Full-Time Agent Assistant

jobzone.publishersweekly.com – Friday April 5, 2019

We’re seeking a highly organized, personable individual with strong writing and discriminating reading skills to provide administrative support to the office in general as well as specific support to two partners with nonfiction and fiction lists.

Administrative duties include answering phones, writing staff meeting minutes, greeting clients, routing contracts, event planning, updating databases, managing foreign tax forms, managing the agency website, filing, mailing, copying, and helping with basic client management. Duties also include reading submissions and queries, co-managing the agency unsolicited queries account, helping to prepare manuscripts and pitch letters, targeting and assisting in the pursuit of new clients.

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Arcadia Will Buy Pelican Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Thursday April 4, 2019

Arcadia Publishing has agreed to acquire a “significant” majority interest in the New Orleans–based house Pelican Publishing. The purchase, due close in May, will be the first acquisition since Michael and Lili Lynton and David Steinberger formed a group to buy regional publishers and bought Arcadia last May.

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Berlin Writing Prize Calls for Entries

authorlink.com – Monday April 1, 2019

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize is now open for submissions! Until the closing date of June 30, 2019, we invite entries on the theme “The Circus” from both published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world.

Up for grabs is a one-month residency in a luxury apartment in one of the world’s most creative destinations for travellers, Berlin’s Circus Hotel. From January 4th to February 3rd 2020, the winning author will have a month to write, a free four-day pass to The British Council Germany’s Literary Seminar, and access to the famously inspiring Berliner Luft!

Alongside a host of runner up prizes, a shortlist of ten writers will be published in an anthology by the independent Berlin press KLAK Verlag. Last time, our 2017 shortlist featured both unpublished writers and debut novelists, including two who went on to be longlisted for The Booker Prize in 2018. We’ve already had requests from literary agents to view our next longlist. All of which meaning that if you are an emerging writer, our competition is one you should seriously consider entering. Read on to find out more about the prizes, our panel of illustrious judges, partners, sponsors, the rules, submission guidelines and how to enter.

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Rick Christian leaves literary agency that transformed Christian publishing

religionnews.com – Friday March 15, 2019

As a San Diego high school student in the early 1970s, Rick Christian was frustrated when he heard radio commercials for best-sellers that ended with the words “available wherever books are sold.”

The books he wanted to read — Bibles, concordances and other Christian works — were hard to find in regular bookstores.

“I thought, ‘Someday I would love for Christian books to be available wherever books are sold,’” he said. In 1989, he set out to make that dream a reality as founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Alive Literary Agency.

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Stormzy launches search for 'best writer of a new generation'

theguardian.com – Thursday March 14, 2019

Less than a year after taking his first step into publishing with the launch of #Merky Books, the grime artist Stormzy has unveiled the New writers’ prize for authors under 30, to “promote the stories that aren’t being heard, and to find the best writer of a new generation”.

#Merky Books, a Penguin Random House imprint focused on fostering talent among young UK writers, is part of the musician’s growing #Merky empire, which also includes a record label and music festival. Its first book was Stormzy’s memoir, Rise Up, co-authored with the 25-year-old writer Jude Yawson.

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London Book Fair 2019: With Blockchain and AI, Rana DiOrio Explores Publishing’s Cutting Edge

publishersweekly.com – Thursday March 14, 2019

As publishing ambitions go, they don’t come much loftier than those held by Rana DiOrio. In 2009, DiOrio—a lawyer, investment banker, and private equity investor—founded Little Pickle Press, a cutting edge children’s book publisher dedicated to “helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible children through media, technologies, and techniques.” Her latest venture, Creative Mint, is arguably her most cutting edge yet: it seeks to leverage the power of blockchain technology to “democratize and decentralize” rights transactions.

The platform that underlines bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain is already taking a transformative role in supply chain management, music licensing, and even health care recordkeeping. And the publishing world is intrigued, as evidenced by a packed session at last year’s London Book Fair that detailed both the technology’s significant promise—and its myriad challenges—for authors and publishers. But blockchain enthusiasts like DiOrio are convinced that the technology will have a transformative impact on publishing—and DiOrio’s track record suggests she enjoys good odds for success with Creative Mint.

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