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WME Acquires Literary Agency RWSG – Tuesday August 23, 2016

WME has acquired Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG) Literary Agency, the talent agency announced on Monday.

Founded in 2000, RWSG works with authors and writers of film and television to help bring their stories to the screen. Many iconic works of literature have been adapted through RWSG, including the upcoming films “The Girl on the Train” and “The Snowman,” and previously “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Its television projects include “The Leftovers,” “Olive Kitteridge,” and the upcoming “Berlin Station.”

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The authors writing erotic literature for young adults – Tuesday August 16, 2016

The phrase "mummy porn", used to describe Fifty Shades of Grey and its imitators, dismissed the predominantly female readership.

But the world of erotic literature is far wider than the phenomenon created by EL James and it appeals to many young adults.

Kay Jaybee writes a variety of erotica but is best known for her "more full-on, whips and chains" stories.

When she writes, she pictures her reader as someone like her, in her 40s.

"When I look at my sales figures, that's about 50% of my readership," Kay, who prefers to be referred to by her pen-name, tells Newsbeat.

"The other 50% are 18 to 26-year-olds. I guess they maybe do have a little bit more free time and may well be experimenting themselves.

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Twelfth short story contest winners announced – Thursday August 11, 2016

After much deliberation, is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Twelfth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2015 and closed on May 1, 2016.

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Children's author Helen Gradwell lay dead in her home for four months - as a publisher's letter sat on her doormat offering her a book deal – Sunday August 7, 2016

A reclusive author lay dead in her home for four months while a letter from book publishers accepting her first children's novel lay unread on the door mat.

Former teacher Helen Gradwell was discovered at her home near Bolton, Greater Manchester, after neighbours finally raised the alarm.

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2017 Submissions for PEN Literary Awards Due – Tuesday August 2, 2016

With the August 15 deadline for submitting to the 2017 PEN Literary Awards just two weeks away, PEN is reminding publishers and literary agents to submit their authors’ books for PEN’s prestigious awards which will confer over $250,000 to writers and translators spanning the fields of fiction, essays, science writing, biography, and more.

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PRH hunts for writers from 'under-represented' communities – Wednesday July 27, 2016

Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.

The WriteNow scheme aims to find and publish new writers who are "under-represented in books and publishing”. Targeted groups are writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability. 

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Nielsen Book to launch online ISBN store – Monday July 25, 2016

Nielsen Book is launching a new ISBN store allowing publishers and self-published authors to purchase smaller numbers of ISBNs online "within minutes".

Previously publishers wanting to acquire up to 1,000 ISBNs had to use a more labour-intensive manual process, involving completing a form to send to Nielsen by email. But the new service will be automated, asking customers to register (first time users) and log in, choose the number of ISBNs required, and pay online.

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Artificial intelligence and the art of reader-driven publishing – Monday July 25, 2016

In March a novel co-authored by an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm moved into the second round of submissions for a national literary contest in Japan. What may have seemed like momentary buzz suddenly gave the publishing industry pause. Is technology capable of replicating the human process involved in creating something as powerful as the written word?

While a world where robots rank on the New York Times bestseller list is still light years away, the industry is starting to acknowledge the impact that AI is having on publishing. 

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Booktrack’s Days are Numbered – Sunday July 24, 2016

Booktrack is a company that develops soundtracks to books. It started in 2011 and has raised around three million dollars to stay in business. Their technology didn’t seem to take off with consumers and the only way to listen to them is with their proprietary app. I fear Booktrack’s days are numbered.

Booktrack took advantage of most of the hype surrounding the enhanced e-book phenomenon of 2010 to 2012. This is when EPUB 3, Kindle Format 8, iBooks Author and various initiatives were highly touted as the next big thing in digital publishing. Major publishers have failed to embrace audio, video and interactive elements in their e-books because customers have not embraced it. Most of the e-books that do leverage their technology are only available in a few apps and have limited content. The only segment to actually make interactive elements a viable business model is education.

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firstwriter.magazine Issue 29: Summer 2016 – Thursday July 21, 2016

The latest issue of firstwriter.magazine has just been released, featuring quality fiction and poetry submitted from around the world, plus your first chance to see not just the winning poem from our Fourteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all the Special Commendations. To view the magazine click here. To enter your work in our Fifteenth International Poetry Competition click here.

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