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27 May 2013 - What's new

27 May 2013
  • We're in a state of high excitement at WritersServices, as we've just launched our fantastic new site which has a huge amount to offer writers. Welcome to our 3,700+ pages, please explore them and join our community of writers. You can also sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of what's new on the site.
  • A recent Bowker study showed that the number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double in the next two years. Two-thirds of responding trade and academic publishers in the UK and US already have such a site, and it's expected that 90% of them will do so by 2015. Most of them believed that the investment was already paying off. News Review
  • ‘She had called my agent and said: "Name a price. I will pay it. I want it off, so there's no auction or anything." I'd only ever earned six pounds an hour, so I thought," What do you do when someone says that?" My agent went back and said to Arzu, "It has to be something where Abi can stop waitressing and write." That was what we agreed on...' Abigail Tarttelin, author of Golden Boy, in the Evening Standard, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Our Writing Opportunities this week are the Mslexia Poetry Competition and the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition, both of which close on the 17 June and have free online workshops.
  • 'The writer's way is rough and lonely, and who would choose it while there are vacancies in more gracious professions, such as, say, cleaning out ferryboats.' Dorothy Parker quoted in our Writers' Quotes.