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15 July 2013 - What's new

15 July 2013
  • 'The big story this week is the devastating news for Apple that it has lost its case. A federal judge in New York has ruled that Apple did collude with five big publishers to fix ebook prices...' News Review has the story.
  • You'll have to get your skates on for our Writing Opportunity this week, the Hot Key Young Writers Prize, which closes on 22 July and is open to 18-15 year-olds from all over the world. There are two categories: books for 9-12s and for young adult readers (13-19). Each winner will receive the opportunity to be published by Hot Key with a £10,000 advance.
  • 'I've spent 30 years loving being a novelist. It's bullshit to say that I think television has superseded the novel. It's just not what I think. Of course it's exciting to do something on this scale in a medium I've never worked in; and, yes, I've talked about TV dramas being comparable to novels, in that you have the length for complex storylines and characters. But I would never say they have replaced novels. There's room for both.' Salman Rushdie in The Times, quoted in our Comment colum.
  • This week's links are E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage -, Book Publishing's Big Gamble - and An innocent story with dramatic implications - The Shatzkin Files.
  • An Editor's Advice is a seven-part series from 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 longstanding WritersServices freelanc editor. Starting with Dialogue and moving on to Another draft, this very practical series ends with Presentation.
  • ‘People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.' Harlan Ellison in our Writers' Quotes.