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1 June 2015 - What's new

1 June 2015
  • 'This was a week packed with news, much of it from Book Expo, so this is just a short summary...' News Review ranges across BookExpo - Richard Charkin saying that power was shifting to authors - to Google's latest action and how authors' groups are offering support to their members.
  • This week's Writing Opportunity is for girls 11-18 living in the UK. Barbara Taylor Bradford is heading up The Write Stuff 2015, which closes on 3 July. Our listing also shows other Opportunities which are still open.
  • Talking to publishers is our 10-part series of interviews and artilces from the editors of various publishing lists, showing you exactly what they're looking for. The 10 cover writing for childen, historical books, young adult, paranormal and parapsychology, self-help and several more, providing an insight into how editors think about building their lists.
  • 'At some point, I will get down to actually writing. I don't believe in waiting for inspiration to strike. I'm sure inspiration does arrive at some point, but I would never embarrass it by noticing its arrival or departure...' Anne Enright, author of The Green Road, in the Sunday Times magazine is our Comment.
  • 'Discovering our authentic voice, writing with lasting impact, and standing out from the crowd are high priorities for most of us who write. But how do we go about achieving these intentions? Conscious Writing is a new approach to deep writing with full awareness which takes us into the core of what we're really here to write, and in the process, opens the way for us to realise our true potential as authors in the world...' Julia McCutchenJulia McCutchen is an intuitive creator, writer and mentor who guides people to share their unique gifts through creating, writing and living from a conscious and vibrant connection to Truth. A former international publisher, Julia experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a series of major quantum leaps in her spiritual awakening. She subsequently developed a tried and tested holistic approach to access the present and aligned state required for original creative expression in all areas of life, especially writing. She is the founder and creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW) and the author of two books including, Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House). For more information and a free video series visit and on Conscious Writing.
  • Our links: Michael Bhaskar argues that we may be placing too much emphasis on ebook sales growth slowing, BookBrunch - The ebook plateau - what's really going on? a futuristic but rather fey trip into the woods with Margaret Atwood, Into the woods: Margaret Atwood reveals her Future Library book, Scribbler Moon | Books | The Guardian; why do the fabulous techie tools so often fail to deliver, With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies? | TechCrunch; University College London launching their Open Access list, Launch of Open Access UCL Press | The Bookseller.
  • More links: Michael Bhaskar (again) arguing that curation is the answer for publishers and a way of dealing with over-abundance, Why Book Abundance Is a Problem and How Publishers Can Fix It : Book Business; we should stop worrying about libraries, Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says - Telegraph; and rather irresitible to anyone who remembers this era in publishing, Jonathan Galassi's new novel, ‘Muse': A Fictional Sendup of the Publishing Industry - WSJ.
  • Our expert script editor provides a service for scripts, plays and screenplays. He is a skilled professional with particular expertise in assessing and editing writing for performance. Scriptwriting assessment service.
  • New in our Writers' Quotes this week: 'A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well.' Daniel J Boorstin