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United Talent Agency Names 8 New Partners

playbill.com – Tuesday January 29, 2019

United Talent Agency announced the addition of eight agents to its partnership, representing artists and talents from theatre, film, television, literature, music, sports, video games, and more.

Among UTA’s new partners is Mark Subias, a veteran theatre and literary agent who has been with UTA for the past seven years. Subias’ client roster includes The Color Purple Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Pulitzer winners Suzan Lori Parks and Annie BakerEclipsed playwright and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira, as well as Tony-winning A View from the Bridge director Ivo van Hove, who will direct the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story.

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The Open Library Faces The Society of Authors

forbes.com – Sunday January 27, 2019

There's a situation bubbling up in the UK that's pretty reminiscent of the notorious Google Books case--which lasted ten years.

In 2005, the Authors Guild, a professional advocacy organization for writers, filed suit against Google, which, in 2002, had quietly begun scanning copies of books for its Google Books project, aiming to build a universal library. Authors and publishers complained, citing the vast potential for lost sales.

Last week, the Society of Authors, a massive trade union in the UK for authors, asked the Internet Archive, purveyor of the Wayback Machine, to stop providing scanned books to users of its Open Library in the UK.

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Online storytelling community Wattpad launches its own publishing arm, Wattpad Books

techcrunch.com – Friday January 25, 2019

Wattpad, an online community for original fiction whose stories have been turned into streaming hits like Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth,” is now turning its eyes to publishing. The company today announced the launch of a new division, Wattpad Books, that aims to turn its most popular content into future best sellers.

The books division will publish six titles this year, aimed at Wattpad’s  largely young adult audience of 70 million users, who collectively spend 22 billion minutes per month engaged with its site and app.

One of the more popular forthcoming titles, The QB Bad Boy & Me by Tay Marley, was read more than 26.3 million times on Wattpad, and will become available in book form on August 20, 2019.

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Diana Athill, writer and editor, dies aged 101

theguardian.com – Friday January 25, 2019

Writer and editor Diana Athill, whose clear eye on life and literature inspired authors and readers alike, has died aged 101. The news was confirmed by the publisher Granta.

Athill combined a glittering career in publishing, where she worked with writers including Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood, Jean Rhys and VS Naipaul, with award-winning success as an author herself, turning her flinty gaze on love, work and approaching death in memoirs including Instead of a Letter, Stet and the Costa biography prize-winning Somewhere Towards the End.

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A Canadian woman has launched a writing contest for her luxury home

bbc.co.uk – Tuesday January 22, 2019

A Canadian woman is holding a letter-writing contest for her three-bedroom home near the city of Calgary.

Interested parties must pay an entry fee of C$25 ($19; £15) and answer the question "Why would moving to this lakefront dream home change your life"?

Owner Alla Wagner is leaving the home she says she loves due to poor health.

Inspired by stories of similar contests, she decided to launch "write a letter, win a house" when the C$1.7m home failed to sell.

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Global Self-Publishing Platform PublishDrive Releases Case Study on how their Groundbreaking Pricing Maximizes Author Profits

prnewswire.com – Saturday January 19, 2019

PublishDrive's subscription pricing option was released on October 4, 2018, the first of its kind in the ebook self-publishing space. Designed for authors selling at least $1,000 monthly, it allows authors to keep 100% of their royalties (after the stores' fee) by paying a flat monthly fee of $100 - no matter how high sales go.

Traditional royalty share options offered by self-publishing services take an average 10% of royalties, which can be significant for high-earning authors. To show that subscription pricing is a smarter choice for high-earners, PublishDrive studied author Rachel Morgan's experience after she enrolled in their new pricing option.

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WME Agent David Lubliner Moves to UTA

hollywoodreporter.com – Friday January 18, 2019

Literary agent David Lubliner has left WME and joined UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

A source also tells THR that Lubliner is bringing with him the following clients: About a Boy co-writers and brothers Chris and Paul Weitz, Beatriz at Dinnerdirector Miguel Arteta, Detective Pikachu director/co-writer Rob Letterman and Juliet, Naked co-writer Jim Taylor, among others.

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Kate Burke joins Blake Friedmann

thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 16, 2019

Kate Burke has joined The Blake Friedmann Literary Agency as a senior agent and will focus on commercial fiction. 

Burke previously worked as an agent at Northbank Talent Management for six years, and before that spent 10 years as a fiction publisher, at Headline, HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. 

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Curtis Brown celebrates 120th birthday with novel-writing prize

thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 16, 2019

Curtis Brown is to celebrate its 120th birthday with a series of events spearheaded by a team of young agents, culminating in the Curtis Brown 120 Novel Writing Prize.

Founded in 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown, one of the UK’s longest running independent literary agencies. This year Curtis Brown plans to “celebrate its heritage and offer a unique opportunity to the future.” Agents including Lisa Babalis, Becky Brown, Catherine Cho, Lucy Morris and Norah Perkins will help lead the year's events. 

The celebrations will culminate in the Curtis Brown 120 Novel Writing Prize, a mission to find the voices of the future, launched in partnership with the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. The prize will be open to novels both finished and unfinished, across all genres of adult fiction. Details of judging panels, process, prizes and submission dates will be revealed in April.

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Robertson Murray Literary Agency launches

thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 15, 2019

Representing fiction, general non-fiction and children’s books, the agency, first announced last summer, is a division of Hilary Murray's talent agency Arlington Management Ltd and is being headed up by Robertson, who most recently was sales and marketing director and paperback publisher at Faber and Faber.

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