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14 May 2012 - What's new

14 May 2012
  • 'J K Rowling’s Pottermore site seems to have succeeded all expectations. The ebook store has sold £3m ($4.83) worth of Harry Potter ebooks in its first month. Sales appear to have been driven by pent-up demand and sales values are high because many fans are buying the complete ebook bundle, which is priced at £38.64 ($62.25)...' News Review reports.
  • Calling all travel writers! Our Writing Opportunity of the week is the Bradt/Independent on Sunday Travel Writing Competition, open to all British residents and closing on 15 June.
  • An Editor's Advice is a useful series is based on the advice Maureen Kincaid SpellerMaureen Kincaid Speller a reviewer, writer, editor and former librarian, is our book reviewer and also works for WritersServices as a freelance editor., a long-serving WritersServices freelance editor, has given writers over the years. The series covers  Dialogue, doing further drafts, genre writingplanning, points of view, autobiography and travel and manuscript presentation.
  • ‘Although it may sound surprising, neither Amazon nor Apple are 2.0 oriented companies. And this is their weakest point. Both were born at the end of the analog era and although their corporate cultures may be highly innovative, their strategic focus is still very traditional. Both have created totally restricted ecosystems that only permit limited co-operation with other companies.' Javier Celaya in Publishing Perspectives, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Our Contract vetting service may be just what you need if you've got an agreement with a publisher but are now faced with dealing with the contract.  Our contracts expert can advise and help you make sure you get a good deal.
  • 'Authors with a mortgage never get writer's block.' Mavis Cheek in our Writers' Quotes.