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Brexit and gender are off limits for aspiring authors – Sunday March 7, 2021

When a small US publisher accepted my first book for young adults, 'Crosstrack', it wasn't long before things went pear shaped. The novel follows two teenage athletes, one a middle class American, the other a young Syrian refugee. Apart from cycling ability, they have another thing in common: both are trans. 

I’d anticipated a backlash at having the temerity to describe someone outside my own experience, and expected it to involve the Middle Eastern migrant (a la Jeanine Cummings). Yet when my publisher passed the book to a new editor for a final edit, she took exception to some of the views expressed by the other main character, and in particular a comment where she refers to 'trannies'.

'The word tranny is offensive to a lot of trans people,' the editor informed me pompously, suggesting I find a more 'acceptable' term. The fact that it was a character (a trans character at that) who used the term didn’t matter; there was a risk that some people who read the book might be offended, and we couldn’t have that, could we? I wouldn’t compromise and withdrew the book – perhaps rashly, as it was the first full-length novel I’d had accepted in a decade.

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SoA and WGGB launch vanity publishing investigation – Saturday March 6, 2021

The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) have launched a joint investigation into so-called vanity publishing following a sharp rise in complaints.

Unions say members are increasingly contacting them about “hybrid”, “contributory” and “partnership” publishers — more commonly called vanity publishing — which charge authors to release their work.

Issues reported range from aggressive marketing tactics and emotionally manipulative sales approaches to opaque contracts and processes, and services that fall short of expectations. Unions say the fees charged are typically four or five figures, often with the authors surrendering a wide range of rights and control over their work.

Both organisations say they are concerned about exploitative practices and are beginning an investigation with a survey on the financial and contractual impact for writers. The survey, which runs until 25th April, aims to form a picture of the experiences, both positive and negative, of authors who have been approached by or worked with these publishers. 

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New Magazine Listing: Black Moon Magazine – Friday March 5, 2021

Submit up to three short stories between 1,000 and 8,000 words, or up to five poems of up to five pages each. Also accepts book reviews and interviews with professionals in the writing community for online publication.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Matt Belford – Wednesday March 3, 2021

Interested in receiving submissions for both graphic memoirs and graphic novels, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction. He is not interested in YA.

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Interested in writing short stories? Here's your chance to have your work featured on RTÉ – Tuesday March 2, 2021

The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 in honour of Francis MacManus is now open for entries, the broadcaster announced today.

Writers have until Friday, May 7 to submit their short story to the competition, which will be judged by writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell. 

Since its inception 35 years ago, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launchpad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. 

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New Publisher Listing: Deep Overstock Publishing – Tuesday March 2, 2021

Publishes full-length novels and longer works by booksellers and book industry workers.

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New Magazine Listing: Iman Collective – Tuesday March 2, 2021

This is a quarterly magazine publishing Muslim literature in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Lane Heymont – Monday March 1, 2021

Represents a broad range of commercial fiction and serious nonfiction. In fiction, he is open to speculative fiction, horror, thrillers, women’s fiction, romance and select YA. He prefers contemporary settings and is always looking for #Ownvoices in both fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, he acquires memoirs, celebrity projects, science, cultural studies, history, with a particular interest in true crime.

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Festivals 2021: Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival gets green light with programme from Ian Rankin – Saturday February 27, 2021

BOOK lovers have been given something to cheer about this week after the announcement Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival WILL go ahead this year.

And Scottish fans will have an extra interest this year - with the programme being put together by Tartan Noir legend Ian Rankin.

Bosses behind the world-famous event in Harrogate have taken the decision to go ahead with the 2021 fest after last year's event was axed because of Covid.

And literature buffs can't wait to get to see their favourite writers in the flesh -  with over 80% of early ticket bookers for the 2020 Festival having already transferred their tickets.

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A Complete Guide To Self-Publishing A Book On A Budget – Thursday February 25, 2021

You’ve conceptualized the perfect idea and completed the titanic feat of writing a book. Congrats! Now all that’s left to do is publish! If only it were that easy. The truth is that writing the book is the easy part. Now you must undertake the tremendous journey toward self-publishing a book without breaking the bank. 

If you’ve arrived here, you’ve likely felt indecisive between the options of traditional versus self-publishing. There are pros and cons to each, but self-publishing offers more creative freedom, complete ownership over content, and a 100% share of royalties. 

There is a caveat: you’ll have to take a DIY approach that suits your budget and publishing goals.

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