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Dog-Eared and Dispatched: April 3, 2016

Claudia Rankine at AWP 2016

Pictured here is Claudia Rankine giving her keynote speech on the opening day of the 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference, which ended yesterday. Rankine’s speech took on the lack of diversity in MFA programs, a hot topic at this year’s conference and in the publishing industry in general. Other news from the week includes a plethora of new resources to help authors and publishers better reach their audience. Ready? Set? Read!


  1. AWP 2016 kicked off this past Thursday in Los Angeles—look for top news stories from the conference and bookfair over the next week.  
  2. The National Book Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2016 awards.
  3. Novellas and novelettes are seeing a resurgence in popularity and are a returning trend in publishing.
  4. This infographic shows how 29 famous authors are linked via literary influence.
  5. One experienced publishing professional weighs in on how authors’ marketing efforts aren’t properly supported by traditional publishers.
  6. A company called Hummingbird Digital Media is “democratizing ebook retailing” by offering a turnkey for both booksellers and publishers (or indie authors) to easily sell their ebooks across platforms.
  7. Relatively new startup Reedsy aims to streamline publishing for self-published authors by connecting them to vetted editors, designers, and marketers.
  8. A site called AuthorCheckpoint can recommend BISAC categories and marketing keywords after scanning a manuscript’s text.
  9. Instagram is becoming one of the best social media platforms for book marketing, and reports much higher engagement from top brands than Twitter.

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