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A taste of the latest Magazine...

The April magazine has a fabulous set of links, some thought-provoking articles in New Review and authors' thoughts in Comment, together with a new article offering five of the top free contests for writers.

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Whats new: 18 May 2015 - What's new 18 May 2015
  • 'There's so much talk about the way self-publishing has changed publishing, but has it, really? There's plenty of evidence that, for the authors trying to get themselves taken on by a publisher, nothing much has changed...' Has self-publishing changed publishing? is this week's...
News Review: Has self-publishing changed publishing? 18 May 2015

There's so much talk about the way self-publishing has changed publishing, but has it really? There's plenty of evidence that, for the authors trying to get themselves taken on by a publisher, nothing much has changed.

A recent headline which caught my eye, but certainly didn't surprise me, was one which valued global STM publishing at $35 billion annually. Breaking this down a little, research from International STM and Outsell valued the STM publishing market at approximately $25 billion, plus $10 billion in...

On 14 May, 1953, Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood had its first staged reading at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in New York. From now on, the event will be commemorated with Dylan Day, an international celebration of the life and work of the Welsh poet.

Publishers should start to spread money from the sale of e-books fairly between themselves and authors, and not make assumptions when they start to experiment with new channels that "an author is going to be thrilled with it", ...

Publishing digitally first can help authors to learn about the publishing process, make writers more critical of their own work and help reinvent an author. However, the author Stark Holborn warned that the format should only be used in the right context as there is "a difficulty in marketing...

From cultivating spices in India and talking to owls in South Africa to finding ‘fun in hell' in Hungary and writing Dadaist fairy tales in Argentina, the 10 contenders tell us about the diverse lives and ambitions which have brought them to global attention

"Sorry - no self-published books accepted." How many authors have been confronted with those words? I certainly have. It's a prime example of what has been dubbed the self-publishing stigma. But as the sector grows, shrugging aside suspicion and hostility, will this negative image fall away? Has...

Commentary: "The difficult second novel" 17 May 2015

‘Yet a writer's life is not limited to the dramatic moment of first exposure or the excitement that greets the new work of the well-established. In particular, as suggested by the phrase "the difficult second novel", things can get tough after first publication.

Whats new: 11 May 2015 - What's new 11 May 2015
  • Trends on ebooks show a backwards shift. Whilst in 2012 there was a rapid shift towards ebooks, this has now reversed itself in favour of print books. To some extent this seems to be because ebooks are losing their novelty, but there's a real change in buying patterns, particularly amongst...
News Review: Ebooks challenged by print books 11 May 2015

The trends on ebooks show a backwards shift. Whilst in 2012 there was a rapid shift towards ebooks, this has now reversed itself in favour of print books. To some extent this seems to be because ebooks are losing their novelty, but there's a real change in buying patterns, particularly amongst...

I love ebooks. Despite their unimaginative page design, monotonous fonts, curious approach to hyphenation, and clunky annotation utilities, they're convenient and easy on my aging eyes. But I wish they didn't come wrapped in legalese.

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