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Issue 158 of firstwriter.com's Free Writers' Newsletter is now available online at https://www.firstwriter.com/newsletter/archive/issues.php?number=158&cmd=view
Publishers Database upgraded. Publishers Database upgraded. firstwriter.com – Sunday May 15, 2016. Following last month's upgrade of the Magazines Database, firstwriter.com's Publishers Database has now also been upgraded. The new-look Publishers Database features the same enhancements to the ...
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Writing a book with your dad is hard. It's harder if your dad is Thomas Keneally

There’s a thick and slightly battered volume on my bookshelf, with a line drawing of a man in a deerstalker hat. The book, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, has an inscription on the cover page. It reads: “To Meg, who has made and will make great fantasies of her own. Love, your father.” The date he has written is that of my 12th birthday.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/23/writing-a-book-with-your-dad-is-hard-its-harder-if-your-dad-is-thomas-keneally
When Tom Keneally dared his daughter to finish his half-written manuscript, Meg Keneally was daunted. But it ended up being ‘the most valuable gift’
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The new digital model that treats books like magazines
The digital revolution has been something of an asteroid for the whole publishing industry, but it has presented particularly gnarly challenges to libraries, colleges and schools.

How to transfer collections from the stacks to the screen? How does digital lending work, both practically and financially? Which texts would publishers be willing to digitise, and which would languish in analogue ignominy on the shelves?

http://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/new-digital-model-treats-books-magazines-330260
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Circuit Board? A.I. Bad at Writing Sonnets
That a rose by any other name would smell as sweet ... just does not compute.

Turns out computers are pretty good at stocking shelves and operating cars, but are not so great at writing poetry.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/shall-i-compare-thee-circuit-board-i-bad-writing-sonnets-n577501
Computers are pretty good at stocking shelves and operating cars, but are not so great at writing poetry.
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Job Zone: Editorial Assistant, Peter Lang Publishing
Peter Lang is seeking an energetic, highly organized, and independently motivated individual to support our publishing program as a full-time editorial assistant in our New York office. This assistant will be supporting three acquisitions editors in the disciplines of Education, Media Studies, and Cultural Studies/History/Literature.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/jobzone/details/?record=1772
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YA Authors Sound Off on Plotting vs. 'Pantsing' and Other Writing Concerns
YA authors John Corey Whaley, Sabaa Tahir, Jennifer Niven, and David Arnold dished about their research techniques, thoughts on social media, and preference for plotting vs. “pantsing” (as in writing by the seat of their pants) during a Q&A held at the Book Stall in Winnetka, Ill., on Friday night, May 13.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/70388-ya-authors-sound-off-on-plotting-vs-pantsing-and-other-writing-concerns.html
Authors John Corey Whaley, Sabaa Tahir, Jennifer Niven, and David Arnold dished about their research techniques, thoughts on social media, and preference for plotting vs. pantsing.
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Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore
Books by self-publishers and small presses are eating the Big Four's market share.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, a report by the Association of American Publishers’ shows that overall publishing industry sales fell by 2.6% last year when compared to figures from 2014. Now that we have a clearer picture of the industry’s struggles in 2015, we can tell that sales declined in five of the seven major markets. The only industry segments to show improvement, in fact, were adult books and books from religious presses, which increased sales by 2.2% and 1.2% respectively. Overall industry revenue fell from $15.82 billion in 2014 to $15.41 billion in 2015.

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According to Publisher’s Weekly, a report by the Association of American Publishers’ shows that overall publishing industry sales fell by 2.6% last year when compared to figures from 2014. Now that…
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New Magazine Listing
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Autobiography; Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Send up to five poems, creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words, interviews up to five double-spaced pages, or fiction up to 6,000 words, by post or via online submission system. See website for full details and to submit.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=2296
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What's Next for Hybrid Publishing
In 2012, I cofounded She Writes Press with a clear vision for what our press would be, but without a clear definition. We were creating something that combined self-publishing and traditional publishing, curating the books, and placing a strong value on editing and design, but without author platforms or a particular sales threshold driving our publishing decisions. Because our model is author subsidized, we were decidedly not traditional publishing, but we were not self-publishing either.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/70449-what-s-next-for-hybrid-publishing.html
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What makes bad writing bad?
Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or lethargic, or boring because nothing really happens. If I give you a 400 page manuscript of an unpublished novel – something that I consider to be badly written – you may read it to the end, but you will suffer as you do.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/20/what-makes-bad-writing-bad-toby-litt
The biggest mistake most writers make is thinking they have nothing left to learn
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Staff Pick: ‘Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century’ edited by Kurowski, Miller and Prufer
Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century is an unusual anthology. It’s a collection of 20 essay by literary tastemakers, publishers, writers, and what might be called “thought-leaders” about the ways publishing has changed since the turn of the millennium. It has been, as you’ll recall, a big sixteen years, with the rise of Amazon, the economic downturn, the closure of many, many bookstores, the popularization of e-books, and much more. These are all topics we’ve been discussing and debating within the book biz for years, and covering here at Publishers Weekly. But this isn’t a book about that discussion, exactly; it’s about that discussion from a particular perspective: that of the “literary” publisher, writer, and reader.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/70435-staff-pick-literary-publishing-in-the-twenty-first-century-edited-by-kurowski-miller-and-prufer.html
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Hollywood Banks on the Underdog, Pushes Indie Book Publishers Into the Mainstream
BOWIE, Md., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jennifer Barnes and John Lawson, owners of publishing company Raw Dog Screaming Press, find themselves receiving international attention after news that 20th Century Fox will make a novel of theirs into a major motion picture. Writer/filmmaker S. Craig Zahler's Wraiths of the Broken Land, published in 2013 by RDSP, will be director Ridley Scott's entry into the western genre. Hoping to recreate its success from The Martian 20th Century Fox is again pairing Scott with screenwriter Drew Goddard. Producers Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, and Aditya Sood are returning to work on Wraiths, completing The Martian's creative team. This move continues last year's trend of turning to small publishers when planning blockbusters.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hollywood-banks-on-the-underdog-pushes-indie-book-publishers-into-the-mainstream-300269768.html
BOWIE, Md., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jennifer Barnes and John Lawson, owners of publishing company Raw Dog...
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