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Negotiations begin this Wednesday. Going to be interesting, for sure.


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It's National Library Week. Here are some things you might not know about books and libraries: April is a big month for books. In 1800, the Library of Congress was founded, and in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. While computers and electronic media are of increasing importance in the services libraries offer, books remain at the core of their collections. The Library of Congress alone holds more than 38 million. It's estimated there are almost 120,000 libraries across the U.S., from the familiar public libraries to those in schools, academies and governments. State and local libraries employ 87,000 people full time, and over 97,000 part-timers.
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Bad numbers for newspapers, but magazines seem to be holding their own. Any of you regular contributors to mags? Insights on how this affects writers of both fiction or non-fiction are appreciated.

New study shows some pretty interesting findings about book readers:
A 17-country report just released by global market analysts, GfK, shows that 30 percent of the international online population read books "every day or most days". This is led by China at 36 percent, closely followed by Spain and the UK at 32 percent each. However, if the segment is widened to include both daily readers and those who read "at least once a week", the international total rises to 59 percent, with China firmly in the lead (70 percent of its population), followed by Russia (59 percent) and Spain (57 percent).

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Author Bradley Spinelli can't stop thinking about bananas... or Guatemalan hitmen, or missing girls... Read his "author's perspective" on his newly released mystery, "The Painted Gun."


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Really fantastic round-up piece about all the possible futures of publishing.

Please consider helping to help save the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The budget cuts being proposed in D.C. would gut these programs which are so vital to nurturing a new generation of artists and authors. Here are the Author's Guild recommendations on how you can make a difference:

Speak to or write your Congressperson and let them know that cutting funding for the arts, and literature in particular, is not acceptable.

In approximate order of effectiveness, the best ways to make sure your representatives in Congress and the Senate hear you are to:

~ Meet with them in person. You can contact their office to set up a meeting or, if you are comfortable with doing so, attend a local event where they are speaking and raise your hand and make sure you are heard.
~ Mail a letter (they are less and less frequently received, so they actually get read!).
~ Call or write an e-mail.

You can find contact information for your Congressperson here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

And for your Senators here:
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

You may want to mention projects in your state that are funded by the NEA and the NEH

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Interesting information - especially for freelance journalists and feature writers looking to stay current in industry trends.

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Largest national retailer of Christian books set to close. What options to Tynedale and other publishers have now...?
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