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DAW Books Acquired By Astra Publishing House – Thursday July 14, 2022

In big news for science fiction and fantasy publishing, DAW Books is no longer an independently owned publisher. This morning, Astra Publishing House announced its acquisition of the storied SFF imprint.

In a press release, DAW co-publishers (and, until today, owners) Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert said, “We are extremely pleased by Astra’s enthusiasm, and thrilled that we will be the sole SFF imprint of their company (a first for DAW). We think this is the perfect fit for us, and it’s exciting and refreshing to be an integral part of a new and growing company. It speaks volumes about Astra’s respect for our company that they have included our entire staff. We’re very happy.”

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Stop f***ing about and start writing: Writers' HQ writing retreats are back! – Thursday July 14, 2022

After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Writers' HQ is relaunching their famous procrastination-busting one-day writing retreats.

This August, WHQ retreats will return to Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh, to be followed soon by Cambridge, Manchester and Glasgow.

Pre-2020, Writers' HQ ran 16 retreats every month across 14 locations across the UK, helping hundreds of writers turn out thousands of words.

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Stylist Short Stories: here’s how to submit your debut short story writing to feature on Stylist Extra – Wednesday July 13, 2022

At Stylist, we love a good story. Whether it’s a thought-provoking tale from Emma Cline’s 2020 collection Daddy or the exciting promise of Lisa Taddeo’s forthcoming Ghost Lover, we believe a tight, well-crafted short story can be just as compelling as a novel. And, more importantly, we know that our readers have stories to tell too.

If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Stylist publishes a new short story (fiction) from a captivating writer each week – and we want your submissions. You don’t have to be established or have even written a story before to submit; we’re more interested in the quality of your words than your writing experience. Stylist Short Stories aren’t limited by genre, either – we’re after romance, horror, crime, fantasy, historical fiction and everything in between. All that we ask is that you’re an original talent whose voice resonates with fellow readers.

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Stein to head new literary division of The Bright Agency – Tuesday July 12, 2022

Arabella Stein is heading a new literary division at The Bright Agency representing fiction, children’s books, YA, general non-fiction and graphic novels. 

Bright has represented authors and author-illustrators for many years in children’s fiction and is now expanding to be a full-service creative agency, representing talent across writers, illustrators and animators. 

The new arm, Bright Literary, is being led by m.d. Stein, whose list has included award-winning and bestselling picture book creators such as Benji Davies, Chris Chatterton, Yasmeen Ismail and Carys Bexington. She also represents Hannah Peck, who’s 2021 debut author-illustrated chapter book Kate on the Case (Piccadilly Press) was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration awards and the Alligator’s Mouth Award. 

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The web needs writers! Here’s where to find the best gigs – Monday July 11, 2022

Traditional newspapers have been laying off writers and editors for more than a decade. But writing and editing jobs are rapidly expanding on the web. Whether it’s to fuel corporate websites, feed new blogs or to support the burgeoning self-published book industry, good communicators have a variety of choices.

Indeed, writing and editing jobs are so copious and varied that you may need to narrow the field by choosing the genre to pursue. Here are some of the many types of writing you can do and the platforms that can help you find writing and editing jobs in that niche.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Erica Christensen – Thursday July 7, 2022

Only open to SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS queries for established Romance and Thriller authors (Self-Published/Indie and Traditional) who retain the subsidiary rights (audio, foreign, gaming, film/tv) for their book(s). The book(s) must have a minimum of 50 reviews. Please include your Amazon author page and Goodreads page in the Bio section.

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Comics/Graphic Novel Sales Jumped 62% in 2021 – Saturday July 2, 2022

Sales of comics and graphic novels rose 62% in 2021 over 2020, according to a new joint estimate by ICv2's Milton Griepp and Comichron's John Jackson Miller. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in 2021 in the U.S. and Canada were approximately $2.07 billion, the report found, a sales level that is 70% higher than sales in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.

Consumer sales of graphic novels, driven by manga, jumped 76% in the year, to an estimated $1.47 billion, while sales of comics increased 53%, to $435 million. Sales of digital comics, which had a big gain in 2020, rose slightly in 2021, to $170 million.

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New Media Writing Prize opens for 2022 entries – Saturday July 2, 2022

Bournemouth University's New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) is now in its 13th year and is open for entries searching for the best digital, interactive works of fiction or non-fiction.

Winners will receive prizes in the categories of interactive digital narrative, journalism, and literature. The main prize of £1,000.00 is sponsored by if:book, followed by £500.00 for both best journalistic piece and the people’s choice category, sponsored by FIPP media and Wonderbox digital retrospectively. The competition is free to enter.

The judging panel is comprised of Bournemouth University’s Principal Academic in English & Communication, Dr Jim Pope, and Research Associate on the Ego-Media Project at Kings College London, Lisa Gee. More names will be announced in the coming months.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Bethany Lucas – Friday July 1, 2022

Enjoys reading a wide range of genres and is interested in stories that put new spins on old ideas. She especially loves books with fully fleshed out characters, vibrant worlds, and endings that pack an emotional punch.

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Verve Promotes Noah Liebmiller & Jessica Zou To Agents – Wednesday June 29, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Verve has upped coordinators Jessica Zou and Noah Liebmiller to Agents in the Motion Picture Literary Team.

The agency, which has a tradition of surprising staffers with promotions, last week tasked Liebmiller and Zou with putting together a video as part of a signing exercise. I understand they were told that the video was not only important but needed to convey the theatrical gravitas of the signing pursuit. During a recent all-company staff meeting, the video was played to great reception and the promotions were announced by the co-heads of the Motion Picture Lit Team who reflected on how deserving both Liebmiller and Zou were of their new titles.

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