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Keep Poems Alive

firstwriter.com – Monday October 5, 2015

The Keep Poems Alive website is looking for poems you had published at least three years ago, which you think readers would like to see again and remember, to be re-published online.

Submit poems by email to SallyEvans35 at gmail dot com, stating where they were first published, and any other acknowledgements. You are responsible for permissions from published books.

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Profile promotes Westland to editorial deputy

thebookseller.com – Saturday October 3, 2015

Profile Books has promoted Hannah Westland to the position of Andrew Franklin's editorial deputy.

Westland has been the publisher at Serpent's Tail since 2012, and before that was an agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her authors at Serpent's Tail include Zoe Pilger, Sarah Perry, and Jami Attenberg.

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‘Irish publishing has no VIP room’: why Irish writing is a movement having a moment

irishtimes.com – Wednesday September 30, 2015

Tramp Press co-publisher Sarah Davis-Goff surveys Ireland's literary scene, argues that its small presses have the best ammunition and offers her own publishing philosophy.

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Writers' Handbook 2016 now available in print

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 30, 2015

Following last month's release of the digital editions of firstwriter.com's 2016 edition of its Writers' Handbook, the print editions are now also available from various outlets around the world. These include:

Amazon.com ($17.25)

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Publishers more content with digital transition than authors

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Publishers are more content about how the book business is weathering the digital transition than authors, early results of the FutureBook Digital Census have found.

The Digital Census, the annual tracker of the book business' digital evolution, was launched two weeks ago and so far more than 400 respondents have completed the survey.

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Wilkinson says publishers 'need to try harder' to innovate

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Former self-published writer Kerry Wilkinson has laid down the gauntlet to traditional publishers, saying that they do not communicate with authors enough and that Amazon is "the main innovator in the book space".

Wilkinson also said that publishers were unlikely to change the way they worked any time soon, as the "only reason you change is if you're forced to".

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Poetry competition deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fourteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2015), firstwriter.com has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November.

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Shift from e-books to print

straitstimes.com – Sunday September 27, 2015

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.

As readers migrated to new digital devices, e-book sales soared, increasing 1,259 per cent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online.

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Abrams Ups Ben Izzo To Agent

deadline.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

With a roster that includes work on behalf of Argentine-Chilean writer and activist Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller and the songwriting team of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, Ben Izzo has been promoted to agent at Abrams Artists Agency's New York-based literary division, Chairman and CEO Harry Abrams tells Deadline. Izzo had been the departmental coordinator in the literary division.

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No, e-book sales are not falling, despite what publishers say

fortune.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

A recent piece in the New York Times about a decline in e-book sales had more than a whiff of anti-digital Schadenfreude about it. The story, which was based on sales figures from the Association of American Publishers, implied that much of the hype around e-books had evaporated — with sales falling by 10% in the first half of this year — while good old printed books were doing better than everyone expected.

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