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Barnes & Noble Goes Digital
Barnes & Nobel began their first online audio book store in April this year.
with Barnes & Noble.com.
And now they have gone even further by hiring an eBay executive to oversee their
B&N digital operations and new business opportunities.
New Pulitzer Prize Winner
New York Novelist, Elizabeth Strout, has received this year's $10,000 Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Olive Kitteridge; A Novel in Stories.
Her novel is a collection of 13 stories set in a small town in Maine.
You can read more at www.pulitzer.org.
Stephenie Meyer Now the Top-Selling Author
USA Today Magazine has said that Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of novels are the top four selling books in the USA. Another book in the series "The Host" is 14th.
This means that in the first quarter of this year, she was responsible for 16% of all book sales in the US.
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New US Web Site
"The Smart Set" is a newly launch web site in the USA and is currently looking for articles.
We're always looking for excellent, original, and previously unpublished personal essays, critical essays, reporting, memoir, travel writing, stories, photo essays, and even video projects.
In particular, we are currently looking for pieces to publish under the columns Something Personal (memoir and personal essay), and Grand Tour (travel essays). These columns should run no more than 1,500 words. Features run anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 words (or longer).
Payment is up to $200 USD for stories and $25 USD for poems.
Stories Wanted for Romance Anthologies
SunDrop, a new fiction imprint of New Concord Press (EGPG) is preparing to publish two anthologies in fall 2009, early winter 2010. These themed anthologies will contain 6 stories each, and be published in trade paperback, e-book, and Kindle formats
Stories can be in any era, any place, and any subgenre (except young adult and erotic romance).
Postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2009.
Word count: 11,000 to 12,000 words
All queries/submissions must be sent via e-mail.
Authors selected for inclusion will be notified by e-mail no later than August 1, 2009.
Selected authors will receive a one-time payment of $25.00, plus one (1) copy of the book.
Europe's longest established magazine on the subject of the latest guitars, equipment or artists, is looking for articld queries from freelance writers.
Send a brief and succint summary of your article idea and any relevant images or audio.
Contact the deputy editor, Owen Bailey with your query.
Shock Totem; Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted
What We Want:
Fiction: Your best! We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. But the stories must have a clear horror element. We're looking for short stories up to 5,000 words (firm). We are also interested in tightly woven flash fiction (no vague pieces or stories that say nothing).
Non-fiction: We're interested in journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling non-fiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc.—but also the standards, such as interviews and editorials on relative subjects.
Poetry: We're interested in dark poetry on a limited basis.
We pay 5 cents per word, with a $250 cap. Payment will be made within 30 days after publication. Authors accepted for publication will also receive one free copy of that issue upon request.
Rights: We claim First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic World Rights (not to include Internet use) for a period of one year. After which all rights revert to the author.
Although CLOSED to submissions at this time, we will reopen on Aug 1, 2009.
Ladybug Books Looking for Book Manuscripts
We are looking for books to serve the needs of women. Categories of special interest right now include:
Issues facing younger women today
Sports, especially women's professional sports
Women's history from a fresh angle
New families: Modern family issues and/or creative living styles
If you have unusual or specialized information of use or interest to women and the ability to share it in a clear and concise way, we want to hear from you! (No How-To books, please.)
We are also interested in true accounts of women's lives to add to our "Extraordinary Women" series. These will include biographies of women of achievement and interviews with women who are making a difference in the world, their communities, or women's lives. (Please don't send first-person stories unless they include a variety of perspectives and some expertise on the issues the experiences address.)
Manuscripts should be between 75 and 300 pages in length, typewritten is OK for submission but we will need your book in electronic form if it is accepted for publication. Photographs, illustrations, or graphs you will be furnishing should be included with the manuscript or fully described in a cover letter. No manuscript should be sent unless a query has resulted in a request to see the manuscript. A SASE should accompany materials you want returned.
Remember to read, write and be merry.