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A taste of the latest Magazine...

The October Magazine has a new Success story from Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, and some interesting Writing Opportunities - The Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 and the Little Brown Group's Blackfriars open submission - as well as a great range of links to current news stories from the last few weeks.

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Whats new: 24 November 2014 - What's new 24 November 2014
  • A new article in the Talking to publishers series covers How-to books for experienced writers - by experienced writers: 'In reality, no writer can exist for ever in a comfort cocoon of familiar...
News Review: Publishing still going strong 24 November 2014

Two interesting pieces of news from the last week show that publishing - of both the traditional and the new variety - is stronger than you might think.

As reported in The Guardian, Richard Flanagan might have won the Booker this year for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, but that work, called an "outstanding work of literature" might just win him another somewhat less prestigious award: the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction prize....

Here are some hard publishing truths as I see them:

The day began with three different words: content, community and commerce. Keynote George Berkowski set the tone with a challenging talk sayings that publishers needed to focus on other entertainment companies as their main rivals, not other publishing houses.

Dan Brown, who was guest of honor at last week's Sharjah International Book Fair, may be one of the world's wealthiest authors, able to fly anywhere at the drop of a conspiracy theory, but he had never been to the Middle East before, having by his own admission, "spent so much time in Europe...

Finally. Hachette has put an end to their nightmare of a standoff and has agreed to terms with Amazon. This is great news for book buyers and Hachette authors and the industry in general.

Commentary: 'True work is done for the sake of doing it.' 24 November 2014

‘Beginners' failures are often the result of trying to work with strong feelings and ideas without having found the images to embody them, or without even knowing how to find the words and string them together. Ignorance of English vocabulary and grammar is a considerable liability to a writer...

Whats new: 17 November 2014 - What's new 17 November 2014
  • 'It's a great relief to all parties that Hachette and Amazon have come to an amicable settlement after many months of wrangling in a dispute which has been very much in the public eye, even though it was never made public exactly what the argument was about...
News Review: Amazon and Hachette bury the hatchet 17 November 2014

It's a great relief to all parties that Hachette and Amazon have come to an amicable settlement after many months of wrangling in a dispute which has been very much in the public eye, even though it was never made public exactly what the argument was about.

The trade has reacted with relief to news that Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US and Amazon have reached a new multi-year agreement.

Should young-adult, science fiction, and fantasy novels be considered works of literature? Is The Hunger Games a work of art? Does anyone care? Over the last couple of years, a handful of authors have pitched their tents in the no man's land between "genre fiction" and "pure literature." But the...

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