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WGA & ATA Fail To Reach New Deal; Mass Firing Of Agents And Lawsuits Loom

deadline.com – Saturday April 13, 2019

The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents have failed to reach an agreement on a new franchise agreement, setting the stage for unprecedented upheaval in the film and TV industry. Thousands of writers now are ordered by the guild to fire their agents, and in the coming days, expect both sides to carry out their threats to sue each other.

The guild said this afternoon that “as of midnight tonight, every agency will be required to become a signatory” to its new Code of Conduct. Writers will have to fire any agency that refuses to sign it. (Read the letter from guild leaders to members below.) All of the major agencies have said they will not sign, so the unprecedented battle between writers and their agents soon will be on.

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Win $500 as Wesleyan MFA program holds 4th Annual Broadside Writing Contest

mybuckhannon.com – Friday April 12, 2019

A writing practice requires us to slow down, reflect, and attend. HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan’s MFA Program seek to honor this practice with an annual broadside contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by Charleston, W.Va. letterpress company Base Camp Printing.

The contest runs April 1 through June 1, 2019.

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The first AI-generated textbook shows what robot writers are actually good at

theverge.com – Wednesday April 10, 2019

Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning.

The book, titled Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research, isn’t exactly a snappy read. Instead, as the name suggests, it’s a summary of peer-reviewed papers published on the topic in question. It includes quotations, hyperlinks to the work cited, and automatically generated references contents. It’s also available to download and read for free if you have any trouble getting to sleep at night.

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Rick Christian leaves literary agency that transformed Christian publishing

religionnews.com – Friday March 15, 2019

As a San Diego high school student in the early 1970s, Rick Christian was frustrated when he heard radio commercials for best-sellers that ended with the words “available wherever books are sold.”

The books he wanted to read — Bibles, concordances and other Christian works — were hard to find in regular bookstores.

“I thought, ‘Someday I would love for Christian books to be available wherever books are sold,’” he said. In 1989, he set out to make that dream a reality as founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Alive Literary Agency.

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Stormzy launches search for 'best writer of a new generation'

theguardian.com – Thursday March 14, 2019

Less than a year after taking his first step into publishing with the launch of #Merky Books, the grime artist Stormzy has unveiled the New writers’ prize for authors under 30, to “promote the stories that aren’t being heard, and to find the best writer of a new generation”.

#Merky Books, a Penguin Random House imprint focused on fostering talent among young UK writers, is part of the musician’s growing #Merky empire, which also includes a record label and music festival. Its first book was Stormzy’s memoir, Rise Up, co-authored with the 25-year-old writer Jude Yawson.

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Writer's Digest, Popular Woodworking publisher F+W Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

eu.usatoday.com – Tuesday March 12, 2019

The publisher of Writer's Digest, Popular Woodworking and other niche magazines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid plummeting subscriptions and advertising revenue.

New York-based F+W Media asked for court protection from its creditors on Sunday after it nearly ran out of money, according to a court filing.

The company's publications include more than 50 specialized titles in arts and crafts, writing, design, knitting and the outdoors. It also publishes books, holds consumer and trade events and sells products online.

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Entering our crime writing competition? We want courage and audacity

bigissue.com – Wednesday March 6, 2019

Crime has become the most popular fiction genre in the UK. Book shops and libraries are bursting at the seams with decent page-turners. But it takes something special for a novel to stand out, to tell a tale which doesn’t just pull readers through to the end, but leaves them pondering stories and characters for days afterwards.

Crime fiction has many powers. There is nothing – no moral or political issue, no character type, no philosophical query – which cannot be served by a good crime story. Dostoevsky used crime to investigate the parameters of morality, Raymond Chandler to showcase his remarkable ear for dialogue, Agatha Christie to tie readers up in twists and turns, Ian Rankin to explore the dark corners of a historic, shadow-ridden city. Really, ‘genre’ is a lazy catch-all term for a subject matter which has been utilised by writers as diverse as Robert Louis-Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, Patricia Highsmith, Douglas Adams, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid and Paula Hawkins.

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WGA Mobilizing For Battle With Talent Agencies, Seeks Team Captains For “Agency Campaign”

deadline.com – Wednesday March 6, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Mobilizing for war with the major talent agencies, the WGA West today called on its members to participate in its “Agency Campaign” to reshape the agenting business. In a message sent to members Tuesday, the guild is seeking volunteers to serve as team captains to act “as a liaison between a team of writers and the guild by updating writers on campaign developments, communicating questions and concerns and mobilizing fellow writers in support of the strategy.”

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Competition launched to find new crime writer – and the prize is a two-year book deal

inews.co.uk – Monday March 4, 2019

A competition has been launched in a bid to find the next big crime writer, with the prize of a two year book deal up for grabs.

The Big Issue magazine has joined forced with Avon (part of the HarperCollins publishing house) to promote the venture, and submissions are invited from across the UK.

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Max Edwards launches new agency Apple Tree Literary

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

Max Edwards has left Mulcahy Associates to form his own agency, Apple Tree Literary, focusing on non-fiction and genre fiction.

Edwards worked previously as assistant at United Agents and Rogers, Coleridge and White alongside agent Natasha Fairweather, before joining Mulcahy Associates at the end of 2017 as an agent.

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