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U.S. bookstore sales up 7.5% this November as compared to last. Really good news.
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Print books enjoy second consecutive year of sales growth. Good news for us writers (and readers!)
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Excellent "heads up" about deceptive practices used by some companies offering self-publishing services:
I get emails all of the time from writers asking how much it costs to publish a book. The answer is nothing. In traditional publishing, the publisher pays all of the costs; you will receive royalties on sales, normally 10%.
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Excellent article by Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch. Highlights: regarding self-publishing, he says most writers want to be paid an advance (I agree!) On e-books, he points out that their sales have been declining for a year and that print books are here to stay. (I doubly agree!) Read the whole piece here:
How an invention from the 1400s will fare in the years ahead.
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Non-fiction writers: looking for new markets? According to this Folio editorial, local/regional/custom publishers are experiencing a resurgence:
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D.C. Author Fest happening this weekend:
Enjoy readings, workshops, and over 60 local author and publisher vendor booths. Vendor Fair Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
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BREAKING NEWS: 2015 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference to be 11th and last. Register through November 4th: http://wordharvest.com/registration/ 
Registration Please fill out a form for each person attending the conference. … [CLICK TO READ MORE]
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Playboy Magazine - in a further move to attract 18-to-30-year-olds - will stop running "all nude" pics. This push toward more articles is likely good news for writers.
Opening a copy of 'Playboy' magazine on an airplane or at a hair salon may no longer have people raising their eyebrows.
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Excellent news!
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I'm not familiar with WattPad - but those of you who use it may want to be aware of this:
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WRITERS is a community for book, magazine, newspaper, and other professional writers with paid bylines and traditional publishing credits. WRITERS is owned by author, researcher and publisher Stephanie Hoover.

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Penguin Random House has "sold its vanity press operation" - leaving the self-publishing realm (for what its worth) to Amazon. Considering the increase in print book sales and decrease in ebook sales... what are your thoughts on this...?
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The New York Times has listed its "Top Books of 2015." Have you read any of these...?
Our critics share the books that stood out from the crowd this year.
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Great article...
Hughes Allison was a black mystery writer with promising future. What went wrong?
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I can't imagine anyone is shocked by this news, can you...?
Amazon: A network of sprawling reviewers paid to give five-star ratings has been exposed.
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Any "cozy" writers in the group...? If so, you will likely enjoy the Prose 'n Cons interview with best-selling "Soup Lover's Mysteries" series author Connie Archer. She talks about writing, making time to meet deadlines - and a new series she's about to release.
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PW survey shows employees in publishing industry are getting younger, and - surprise! - women make less than men:
Our annual salary survey drew responses from a younger group than in years past, though the industry still is very white, with 89% of respondents reporting as caucasian.
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William Morrow launches new imprint for non-fiction and literary fiction books:
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While print books are enjoying a bounce, print newspapers and magazines continue to falter. Gannett (parent of USA Today) is closing its Springfield publishing division, resulting in 250 lost jobs. (For me, it's just further proof that my own magazine, Prose 'n Cons™, did the right thing by evolving into a subscriber-based eZine.)
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To provide more in-depth info about the writing profession (based mainly on my 30 years as a professional writer), I've created a page on my web site called "News Writers Can Use." I've only just started, so there will be many more articles and news bites posted over the next months, but bookmark it for future reference.
Traditionally published author Stephanie Hoover presents news professional writers can use to get published, increase their earnings, or educate themselves to the publishing industry.
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Mysterious Press is offering $25,000 for the best original mystery e-book. Click the link on Prose 'n Cons™ Mystery & True Crime News for more info.
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