"Writers: Send us Your Novels". Finally, A Chance To Make It Big In The Publishing World!Written by Andy Ballentine and Merlin-Publishing.com
Who knows, that first Publishing deal may not be that far off, after all. The recently launched Macmillan New Writer Scheme may be your best opportunity yet to make it big in publishing world.
Since project was launched in February, Macmillan has been receiving 200 manuscripts a month. And in April next year, six novels will be published and one or two will be released each month.
The Macmillan New Writing scheme, though, is not without its critics. A number of online content providers have blasted scheme as a "scam". The Guardian newspaper's Arts Correspondent, Charlotte Higgans (www.guardian.co.uk) branded scheme "the Ryanair of publishing; it's like having to pay for your own uniforms". Natasha Fairweather, an agent, calls it "an exercise in futility". In contrast, Michael Bernard, Macmillan executive director, describes scheme as "a way of giving a voice to talented new authors".
There's no doubt, though, Macmillan's New Writer Scheme is a departure from mainstream publishing. For example, if Macmillan decides to accept a novel for its list, terms are nonnegotiable; no advance will be paid, however, writers will receive 20% royalties from sales.
Here's deal: if accepted, MacMillan will copy edit books, but if manuscripts need more detailed work, they will suggest that writers employ freelance editors. Even then, this does not guarantee publication.
Barnard says, "This is about Macmillan finding new authors. Like a lot of mainstream publishers we haven't in recent years been accepting unsolicited manuscripts, but only ones sent through agents. And we are not discovering as many authors as we need."
Content Syndication Through RSS FeedsWritten by John Doetsch
Delivering regularly updated content to website visitors is easier through RSS resources.
RSS, also known as Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, has been used for years by online visitors. However, it has only recently begun to gain popularity among webmasters as a means of providing visitors with constantly refreshed content. These feeds were originally developed to deliver updated news more quickly, but they have since evolved to allow for nearly instantaneous updates of many types of information.
Growing websites can benefit from RSS feeds since they allow for fresh copy to be updated regularly online. Once RSS feeds are inserted into web pages, they provide a steady stream of syndicated content updated continuously. Most RSS feeds consist of a headline, content summary, and a link to actual online article. They are typically composed in XML, a markup language similar to HTML, to allow webmasters to manipulate and integrate new copy into their existing site pages.
The increased popularity of these RSS feeds have benefited online sites as they have helped to drive increased traffic and search engine ranking results. The fact that syndicated content is changing constantly in RSS feeds means that search engine spiders are likely to visit and index your website pages more often. RSS feeds also keep webmasters from having to worry about updating their content, and visitors can rely on fresh articles being available to read whenever they want. Articles are also easy to locate on RSS feeds, as they can be categorized for easy navigation. This increases chances of receiving visitors from other sites.
While modern technology has made integrating RSS feeds into one's website easier, contributing content to RSS feeds remains a bit more complex. To effectively post copy onto RSS feeds, you first need an RSS program that will allow you to format your content for syndication. If you are a professional web developer, for example, you might be interested in creating your own XML files to display content. This option will allow for more flexibility in way content is displayed. If you lack online knowledge to understand how to use XML, you might want to invest in one of many RSS software programs that allow users to create and publish syndicated content without having to use any XML language at all.