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The July Magazine has Maureen Kincaid Speller's review of Jeff VanDermeer's Booklife, a truly fabulous volume, and Joanne Phillips' The Business of Writing for Self-publishing Authors, a follow-up to her useful article on The Business of Writing, plus a range of interesting links, which include some enlightening articles on poetry.


Whats new: 25 August 2014 - What's new 25 August 2014
  • This week: why your book contract needs vetting, News Review on open submissions, writing opportunity The Big Idea and the link to an article on whether TV writers as such exist any more.
  • 'It looks as if open submissions are here to stay.
News Review: Open submissions give writers a chance 25 August 2014

It looks as if open submissions are here to stay. Publishers, having for many years tried to stem the tide of unsolicited submissions, are now openly soliciting them within a time-limited and often genre- specific framework.

On Saturday I was able to steal away a few hours to see The Hunger Games movie with my wife. Later that night, with our daughter finally asleep, we took a few more hours to watch the DVD of the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The opening weekend of The Hunger Games crushed The Girl...

Publishing has a secret weapon that most other industries don't: passionate readers who promote books for no reason other than to spread the joy of a good story. These readers also seek out recommendations from others in their book community. Strong communities exist for all types of books and...

Sandy Hall was nervous. Ms. Hall, a librarian in Morristown, N.J., was preparing one recent night to lead her weekly book club meeting with a group of 14 teenagers. The book being discussed, a young-adult romance titled "A Little Something Different," was her own debut novel.

"I'm still...

Sure, going on a book tour sounds glamorous. But not if, like many writers, you're paying for it yourself, running the gauntlet of grotty hotel rooms and angry-or even worse-non-existent readers.

No one really writes for television anymore, argues media analyst, Kate Bulkley

If you are still attending dinner parties and telling your fellow guests that you're a "TV writer", it might be worth reconsidering your job description.

In response to one commentator, Melanie A, who said the "publishing business is corrupt, sick and almost dead", Child stated: "When you say the publishing business is corrupt, sick, and almost dead, you're completely wrong.

Whats new: 18 August 2014 - What's new 18 August 2014
  • This week, the 2015 Sunday Times EFG short Story Award, News Review looks at film options and how many British novels have been made into big films, Ian Rankin on money and, from our links, how reading print increases comprehension compared with reading digital.
  • 'The truth is that...

The truth is that many a film option, much publicised at the time it was sold, has subsequently disappeared into the sand. The investment in a feature film, particularly a Hollywood one, is so great that studios are exceedingly cautious about which options they pick up and run with.

The battle between Amazon, the online retailing giant, and Hachette, the international publishing group, has the makings of a plot for a legal thriller by John Grisham. A plucky young upstart eventually finds success, only to fall to the dark side and turn its back on the values it initially...

Out of Print is a film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the current state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America, circa 2013. The film, narrated by Meryl Streep, debuted in January at the Digital Book World conference in New York and is now available to order...

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