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Government Funding For Diversity In Publishing | Writer’s Relief

 In the United Kingdom, national lottery money is being used to support a diversity initiative in the publishing industry. Writer’s Relief noticed an article in The Guardian that states:

A new literary agency, which aims to discover “the next generation of diverse writers” and “blow open the pipeline” for them, is being launched by the editor of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, with more than £500,000 in funding from Arts Council England (ACE).

Read more about this publishing diversity initiative.

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Could A Sensitivity Reader Improve Your Writing? | Writer’s Relief

Submit To Our Review Board Now accepting short stories, essays, poetry, and books! DEADLINE: June 21th, 2018 In this article found in The Guardian, Writer’s Relief has learned that some writers and publishers who are hoping to avoid accidentally offending audiences are paying sensitivity readers to evaluate manuscripts prior to publication: While some sensitivity readers… Continue Reading

The Big Amazon Lawsuit Self-Published Authors Need To Know About | Writer’s Relief

Submit To Our Review Board Now accepting short stories, essays, poetry, and books! DEADLINE: June 21th, 2018 Amazon has filed a lawsuit against a publishing company to stop a practice called “book stuffing,” which involves recycling passages from some books in order to create new books from them. The lawsuit also tackles the problem of… Continue Reading

Should Online Literary Magazines Pay Writers? | Writer’s Relief

For many poets, getting their work published is a labor of love, not money. Writer’s Relief found this article on the literary magazine Plowshares’ blog that explores why literary journals do not (and perhaps should not) pay writers for the privilege of publishing their work: Online publications have proven especially meaningful as the literary community… Continue Reading

The Easiest Way To Write A One-Line Summary For Your Novel | Writer’s Relief

If you’ve ever struggled to summarize your book so it fits into a single-sentence pitch, Writer’s Relief has found a plot/synopsis generator from Electric Literature that can help: The most important part of a novel isn’t the plot, the characters, or the language. It’s the elevator pitch. That one-sentence descriptor is how you sell the… Continue Reading

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