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Literary Agents Address Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

publishersweekly.com – Friday November 13, 2015

For the second year in a row, the New School in Manhattan, in partnership with the SCBWI-Metro NY chapter, hosted a panel of agents to discuss their jobs, what manuscripts they’re interested in, and share with MFA students and other aspiring writers how best to query them and their colleagues. On the November 10 panel were Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency, Alexandra Penfold of Upstart Crow Literary, and Alec Shane of Writers House. See below for some highlights from the discussion.

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Seven ways to start and keep your writing going

blog.oup.com – Friday November 13, 2015

Beginnings are tough. But if we’d only get started, our marks and words on the page can bootstrap our next moves. Marks and words on the page feed what in neuroscience is called our brain’s “perception-action” cycle. Through this biologically fundamental mechanism, we repeatedly act on the world, and then look to see what our actions have wrought in the world. The world talks back to us, telling us how close we are, or how far we are, from what we’d hoped to achieve (our goals).

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 13, 2015

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit one short story or creative nonfiction essay, or up to five poems at a time, via online submission system.

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Can an App Really Cure Writer's Block?

bloomberg.com – Thursday November 12, 2015

When you're writing in a "flow state," words and sentences tumble out effortlessly. New tech is trying to help you achieve that.

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PW Talks with Global Kids Connect Speaker Ginger Clark

publishersweekly.com – Thursday November 12, 2015

Clark, a literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. and panelist at PW’s upcoming Global Kids Connect Summit, expounded on what U.S. children’s titles seem to be selling well abroad, the biggest mistakes publishers make in selling foreign rights, and how she thinks the business will change in the next five years.

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ICM Partners Adds Lit Agent Anna Stein

hollywoodreporter.com – Wednesday November 11, 2015

ICM Partners has hired another top literary agent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Anna Stein, who launched and heads the New York office of London-based Aitken Alexander Associates, is joining the agency on Dec. 1.

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University of Utah offers year-long novel-writing course

college.usatoday.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

Professors demand a lot and, when it comes to writing assignments, putting words to paper can feel like you’ve been asked to write a novel. 

Actually, for some students at the University of Utah, that’s exactly what they’re tasked to do.

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2016 Bristol Short Story Prize launched

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Sport; Suspense; Westerns; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes books for children from 6 months to teenagers 14+.

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9 ways to trick yourself into writing a novel

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). This is the year you complete the book of your dreams.

Sometimes all you need is a little motivation. Trick yourself into completing your novel this month by trying one (or all) of the strategies below.

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