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WGA Mobilizing For Battle With Talent Agencies, Seeks Team Captains For “Agency Campaign”

deadline.com – Wednesday March 6, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Mobilizing for war with the major talent agencies, the WGA West today called on its members to participate in its “Agency Campaign” to reshape the agenting business. In a message sent to members Tuesday, the guild is seeking volunteers to serve as team captains to act “as a liaison between a team of writers and the guild by updating writers on campaign developments, communicating questions and concerns and mobilizing fellow writers in support of the strategy.”

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Novel Nineteens Group Offers 2019 Debut Authors Support Around Publishing Their First Novels

forbes.com – Tuesday March 5, 2019

Getting a book deal for their first novel is what many authors dream of, but what happens after that? Who helps guide authors through the many steps between signing a book deal and their publication date? In addition to publishers and literary agents, some authors are banding together to give support, encouragement and awareness to their fellow authors. Debut author Julia Nobel founded the group the Novel Nineteens, featuring close to 200 middle grade and young adult authors whose first titles will be published in 2019. The group hosts Twitter chats on the 19th of each month, promotes each others' releases, and members have helped guide fellow members through the publication process.

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Competition launched to find new crime writer – and the prize is a two-year book deal

inews.co.uk – Monday March 4, 2019

A competition has been launched in a bid to find the next big crime writer, with the prize of a two year book deal up for grabs.

The Big Issue magazine has joined forced with Avon (part of the HarperCollins publishing house) to promote the venture, and submissions are invited from across the UK.

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BAM Closing Self-Publishing Unit

publishersweekly.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

In an email sent to its self-publishing clients, Books-A-Million said that effective March 1 it is shutting down its self-publishing unit, BAM! Publish.

The bookstore chain started the service, which was originally called BAM! Publishing DIY and allowed authors to create, edit, and publish their own work, in April 2015. Through BAM! Publish, self-publishers also had the opportunity to sell their books through BAM’s various channels as well as other outlets

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Max Edwards launches new agency Apple Tree Literary

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

Max Edwards has left Mulcahy Associates to form his own agency, Apple Tree Literary, focusing on non-fiction and genre fiction.

Edwards worked previously as assistant at United Agents and Rogers, Coleridge and White alongside agent Natasha Fairweather, before joining Mulcahy Associates at the end of 2017 as an agent.

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Lindsay Literary Agency scholarship for 'under-represented' author returns

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival for a children’s author from an “under-represented” background for the second year running.

Launched last year, any author without an agent from the UK or Ireland can apply if they are LGBTQ+, from a BME background, disabled or from a ethnic, cultural or religious minority. Applicants can be unpublished but must be writing children’s fiction (YA or middle grade).

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LAW and Factual Management launch The Soho Agency

thebookseller.com – Tuesday February 26, 2019

Literary agents Lucas Alexander Whitley and Factual Management have merged their staff together to form the Soho Agency.

The organisations initially joined forces in 2017 and said they had now brought together their literary and talent management into the new organisation. Staff will work out of the office in Wardour Mews, Soho, they first moved to eight months ago.

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Blockbuster author James Patterson to visit UK for crime writing festival

home.bt.com – Monday February 18, 2019

American author James Patterson will make his first visit to the Theakston Old Peculier crime writing festival later this year, it has been announced.

The event, which is described as the world’s biggest celebration of the crime genre, will also feature an appearance by Bodyguard and Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and will see Safe author Harlan Coben in conversation with Rebus creator Ian Rankin.

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Abrams Artists Agency Hires Simon Green To Run Book & Publishing Division

deadline.com – Tuesday February 5, 2019

Abrams Artists Agency has hired former CAA agent Simon Green, with the industry veteran set to lead the company’s Book and Publishing division. He will be based in New York and begins immediately, marking the latest move to bolster the entertainment talent and literary agency’s agent and client roster under new ownership.

Green launched CAA’s Book Publishing Department in 2009, growing that division’s biz from scratch before exiting in the spring. He had spent 17 years before that at Pom Inc., a lit agency started by his dad, Dan, the longtime Simon & Schuster publisher.

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Ridout Forms New U.K. Publisher

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday January 30, 2019

Amanda Ridout, former managing director of Head of Zeus and a prominent figure in the U.K. publishing world, has launched a new publishing house, Boldwood Books. The imprint will bring out its first list this autumn, and in 2020 will publish about 50 titles. It will specialize in commercial fiction.

Ridout has held senior positions at Reed Books, Hodder Headline, HarperCollins, and Phaidon as well as at Head of Zeus (HoZ), which she left at the end of 2017.

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