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Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

qz.com – Friday August 4, 2017

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.

But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who are able to get published or sell their books through self-publishing are true hustlers. The women who succeed here are not just writers, they’re business people, and they spend hours keeping up with fans online and doing their own marketing, in addition to writing.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday August 4, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Current Affairs; Health; Religious; Self-Help; Spiritual
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Contemporary; Literary

Full-service literary agency based in New York. Represents fiction, memoir, biography, self-improvement, spirituality, and nonfiction on contemporary issues. No screenplays, children’s books, illustrated books, cookbooks, romance, category mystery, or science fiction. Send query by post with SASE or by email, including brief description of the project, relevant biographical information, and any publishing credits. No attachments. Response not guaranteed.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 3, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Literature; Music; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; In-depth; Literary

We accept features, articles, criticism and essays on literary or art-related topics, for instance, essays about authors or artists, styles or periods, places, movements, or some aspect of writing or art. Scholarly papers are sometimes accepted. Book reviews and interviews are welcome. 

We occasionally accept previously published nonfiction. 

For personal essays, we especially like to some connection to art or literature or to cultural or societal issues. 

Special interests include art and literature outside the mainstream, the Beat Generation, Surrealism, and countercultural movements. 

We also publish poetry and are very open to experimental poetry and visual poetry.

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20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time

bustle.com – Wednesday August 2, 2017

Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more recently: podcasts. Podcasts about writing have been around practically as long as podcasts themselves have been, (with the longest-running writing podcast on this list airing for the first time in 2005!) and they’re the perfect dose of advice, inspiration, and motivation —  especially for working writers on the go. Because let’s face it: while most of us aspiring and/or working writers would love to pause our daily lives in favor of losing ourselves in a writers’ workshop for weeks, months, or even years at a time, for many writers that’s not so realistic. These podcasts — as helpful as a creative writing workshop itself, in many ways — might be the next best thing. (With the added bonus of not having to worry about your GPA and your muse showing up in a timely manner.)

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Yes Virginia, There are Publishers Who Don’t Require Agent

authorlink.com – Tuesday August 1, 2017

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanion asked her father if there really was a Santa Claus. Not quite knowing how to answer, her dad suggested she write a letter and ask The New York Sun. This prompted the most reprinted editorial in all English-speaking newspapers to this date: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Today, as writers, we often ask the same question over and over, thinking like Virginia O’Hanion, that we possibly we know the truth but aren’t quite sure. Only our question is if there are any big publishing houses that take books directly from authors or if an agent must always connect the deal. For years we’ve been told there is no such animal, but then every once and awhile, we hear of an author who made a deal alone. 

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Publishers who want new readers must challenge their genre boundaries

thebookseller.com – Tuesday August 1, 2017

By now you’ll most likely have heard of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

The American writer's alternate history novel is less a subterranean secret, more a juggernaught of buzz that’s currently crossing genre borderlines with the speed of a runaway express.

Winner of the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, Booker long-listed, lauded by Oprah and feted as “fantastic” by Barack Obama (the last book he read in the White House, and thus allegedly the last book read by a US President to date), The Underground Railroad has just added the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature to its roster of accolades.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday July 31, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Historical; Literature; Mystery; Nature; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Family; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

This literary journal is dedicated to mostly young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past. However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, are all welcome here.

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Verve Launches Communications Arm, Hires Sarah Shulman To Run It

deadline.com – Friday July 28, 2017

Verve has taken the wraps off Verve Communications, a new division of the growing literary agency that will be run by Sarah Shulman. Shulman came aboard this week after spending the past five years at ICM Partners, where she was a manager in the corporate communications department.

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Abrams Artists Adds Agents Todd Eisner & Matt Gogal, Promotes Katie Gamelli

deadline.com – Friday July 28, 2017

Abrams Artists Agency is expanding its talent division, hiring Todd Eisner as Senior Agent in the firm’s Los Angeles Talent department, and Matt Gogal as a Talent Agent. Having joined Abrams in the past few weeks, both will report to SVP and Head of Theatrical in Los Angeles, Marni Rosenzweig.

In addition, Katie Gamelli has been promoted to Theatrical Literary Agent in New York, effective immediately. She is reporting to Sarah Douglas and Charles Kopelman.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday July 28, 2017

Handles: Fiction
Areas include: Crime; Drama; Fantasy; Horror; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers
Markets: Adult; Youth
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Dark; Light; Literary; Mainstream

Literary agency providing career management for authors in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Canada.

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