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Will the PRH–S&S Combination Be Too Big?

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 13, 2020

It seemed impossible that the acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House the day before Thanksgiving could be overshadowed by a bigger industry event, but that is what happened when book publishing’s long-running trade show and convention, most recently known as BookExpo, was canceled. As the buzz about the end of BookExpo has cooled down, industry members continue to digest the news of PRH’s pending purchase of S&S, the nation’s largest and third-largest trade book publishers, respectively.

When the acquisition was announced, the Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, and the Association of American Literary Agents (formerly the AAR) all issued statements that were critical of the deal. While each organization had a particular take, all shared one thing in common: they were concerned about the increasing consolidation within trade publishing.

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Sign on the Dotted Line

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Saturday December 12, 2020

I just sign blank contracts for books and whatever strikes me as a good idea is what I write about.
~ Roger Zelazny

Contracts seem daunting because the language they are written in is arcane and the contract terms are ones you’ll have to live with, probably a while beyond the life of the book. In this case, fear is a good thing. We should regard the contract with a certain amount of trepidation and not simply sign because we’re drooling with eagerness to be published.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Rosemary Scoular

firstwriter.com – Friday December 11, 2020

Focuses on nonfiction, from food writing to history, popular science, travel and adventure, politics and investigative journalism, the arts and memoir of all kinds.

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Kick 2020 goodbye: Enter our haiku writing contest

cleveland.com – Thursday December 10, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Thanksgiving is gone, the holidays are around the corner, and New Year’s – New Year’s! – is coming soon.

Face it: 2021 cannot get here fast enough.

The year was barely under way when ‘Wuhan’ was added to our geographic lexicon as coronavirus spread its tentacles across the globe. The virus brought illness, deaths, cancellations, shelter-at-home orders and squabbling politicians. It’s going to remain with us for a while, but we can get in one last shot before the year is out.

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Please, Give Us the Bad Sex Writing

thecut.com – Thursday December 10, 2020

Every year since 1993, the industrious editors at the British magazine the Literary Review have sat down with steaming cuppas and pored over some of the most wretched sex writing in fiction from the past year, seeking out the “most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description.” And then, once they’ve identified the most appalling passage — which, in the past, have included the phrase “a coil of excrement” and used the word “cum” seven times — they bestow the writer responsible for it the honorable Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

While all the passages that the editors consider — which they deliver in the form of a shortlist — unfailingly inspire revulsion, every year we look forward to learning what men think sex is. But this year, we will be denied this rich source of both disgust and joy: The magazine has called off the prize.

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At the start of this year, I could barely sell my writing. These 10 online classes, books, and podcasts helped me get published in The New York Times and land 2 literary agents.

businessinsider.com – Thursday December 10, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, I was half a year out of college and already burned out. I was rejected from dozens of writing jobs, barely published anywhere, and unclear as to what editors were looking for. As a first-generation immigrant, I wasn't sure I could navigate the hurdles of the American publishing world, and I wondered whether writing was a viable career choice at all. 

10 months later, I've written for major news outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and have even been signed on to write a book with two literary agencies: Folio in the US and Peony in the UK and Asia. 

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Welbeck acquires mental health publisher Trigger

thebookseller.com – Thursday December 10, 2020

Welbeck Publishing Group has become the majority owner of the mental health and wellbeing publisher, Trigger Publishing.

Welbeck said it will build on Trigger’s founder, Adam Shaw’s vision "to enhance the footprint in mental health publishing" across all channels and on a worldwide basis.

As part of the deal, Jo Lal, publisher of Trigger, and Lyndsey Mayhew, sales and marketing lead, will move across to Welbeck.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sandra Pareja

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 10, 2020

Looking for authentic, unconventional literary voices in fiction, nonfiction and sometimes poetry. Query by email.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Nate Muscato

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 9, 2020

Interested in fiction that plays with conventions of narrative and genre, and in nonfiction that contemplates and critiques the arts, culture, history, current events, and the future.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Penny Moore

firstwriter.com – Monday December 7, 2020

Mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.

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