Writers' News widget for websites launched
firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015
firstwriter.com has just released a new widget for website owners, which allows them to display the latest headlines related to writing and publishing for free on their websites.
firstwriter.com gathers together stories from all over the internet, including renowned sources like The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, the BBC, and many more, and then allows website owners to redistribute this content in a variety of flexible formats.
Dawn French on writing sex scenes and her new career as a novelist
standard.co.uk – Thursday October 22, 2015
Dawn French says it was difficult to write the sex scenes for her “saucy” new novel — because she struggled to get excruciating language out of her head.
The Vicar Of Dibley star’s comedy romp, According To Yes, is about an English nanny and her adventures in New York. In an interview with the Evening Standard, French said words “like throb, or pant, or pulse kept popping into my mind and you think, ‘Ooh no that’s a bit Barbara Cartland.’ ”
New edition of Budding Bestseller guide launched
firstwriter.com – Thursday October 22, 2015
Infinity Junction has moved, and also introduced the new 2016 edition of its praised Budding Bestseller guide (originally the book Budding Author). To attract people to their new home server and latest website, www.infinityjunction.com, Infinity Junction is offering, for a limited period, free copies in digital form of Budding Bestseller.
Writers share #WhyIWrite on Twitter for National Day on Writing
ew.com – Wednesday October 21, 2015
Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel, and in observance of the celebration, Twitter wants to know: Why do writers write?
New digital platform for short stories, poetry, and essays
firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 21, 2015
Comma Press is an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short fiction, and has just launched a digital platform for short stories, poetry and essays in text and audio form. The new platform is called MacGuffin. Anyone can publish work on it, so long as they upload a reading along with their text.
Franklin: 'toxic competition' in large publishers
thebookseller.com – Friday October 16, 2015
The atmosphere in some large publishing houses is "toxic" as imprints are forced to compete against each other for big titles, Profile Books' owner Andrew Franklin has said.
Speaking yesterday (15th October) about the merits of being an independent publisher in the "CEO Talk" at Frankfurt Book Fair, along with Marcos Pereira, founder and c.e.o of Editora Sextante, Franklin said camaraderie in smaller houses could be better than larger ones.
PFD launches digital publishing spin-off Ipso Books
thebookseller.com – Thursday October 15, 2015
Literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) has launched a spin-off digital publishing business, Ipso Books, to publish both backlist and frontlist writers. The move follows similar ventures by other agencies: Ed Victor Ltd launched Bedford Square Books in 2011, and Curtis Brown set up Studio 28 last year.
Writing competition to promote legacy of Cromarty geologist Hugh Miller
pressandjournal.co.uk – Monday October 12, 2015
A new writing competition has been launched to promote the legacy of the renowned Black Isle geologist and writer Hugh Miller.
Publishing house gives voice to poets
rekordeast.co.za – Sunday October 11, 2015
A new publishing house, Veerpen Publishers, set to revolutionise the literary sector by giving a voice to lesser known poets, was launched in Capital Park on Saturday.
Publishers, Amazon Not to Blame for Author Poverty Wages
publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 10, 2015
After polling 1,674 Guild members, Mary Rasenberger, executive editor at the Authors Guild, created a splash a few weeks ago by claiming that most of its members' annual earnings were below the federal poverty level of $11,670. She spread the blame around: bookstore closures, the rise of Amazon, publisher consolidations, and the low royalties authors receive from publishers. But do these alarm bells ring true?