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‘Thank God we have that’: Wattpad author says writing gig became coronavirus emergency fund

globalnews.ca – Sunday November 1, 2020

When Caroline Richardson’s husband was temporarily laid off in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, money became a concern.

The family of four was down to one income and the bills kept coming. There was the mortgage, car payments and two kids who wouldn’t stop growing and needing new clothes just because the economy was going through a rough patch, she recalls.

Luckily, though, Richardson’s long-time hobby came to the rescue. Government employee by day, Richardson is a writer of — in her own words — “mature, steamy romantic stories with a happy ending” in her free time.

It’s a labour of love she’s kept up for years, says Richardson, who has four book-length stories under her belt. But it wasn’t until one of her most recent works took off on Wattpad, an online storytelling platform, that her pastime became a lucrative side-gig.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Caroline Dawnay

firstwriter.com – Friday October 30, 2020

Interested in serious nonfiction and literary fiction. For submissions please email a short cover letter, biographical note and the first 10,000 words of your text.

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Bridport Prize to be held online this year

bridportnews.co.uk – Thursday October 29, 2020

BRIDPORT’S creative writing competition will be broadcasting its award ceremony for the first time ever this year – and everyone is invited.

The ceremony for the Bridport Prize – one of the most prestigious open writing competitions – will take place at 6pm today (Thursday).

The annual ceremony traditionally takes place at the Bridport Arts Centre and is strictly invitation only. However, due to the pandemic, this year’s ceremony has had to go online.

The award has helped launch the career of a number of famous writers, including Kate Atkinson and Kit de Waal.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jon Michael Darga

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 29, 2020

Represents both nonfiction and fiction. He is most interested in voice-driven pop culture writing and histories that re-cast the narrative by emphasizing unexpected or unheard voices.

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Harry Potter publisher says Covid is weaving magic over book sales

theguardian.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

The Harry Potter publisher, Bloomsbury, has reported its most profitable first half in more than a decade, after a nation tiring of box sets fuelled a lockdown boom in book sales.

The company furloughed staff as the coronavirus crisis forced the publishing industry to shut down, but has seen a remarkable change in fortune as the pandemic has persisted.

“It is a complete surprise because we had as grim a beginning to the pandemic as everyone else in March when 100% of our customers shut down worldwide,” said Nigel Newton, the chief executive.

“And then we found that early on people showed short attention spans and were watching TV. But then reading reasserted its power and people found they could escape through books, and sales have been booming ever since.”

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Making $$ Editing Freelance With Your Skills

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

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

Writers can always use “extra” dollars, and these days the “extra” is very much necessary. Okay, we may not know how to do much other than push words here and there, but if we do that well, our abilities, honed over the years, may bring in the hoped-for bucks—freelancing as an editor for other writers. The nice thing about taking on projects this way is that we can sleep late and work at home in our sweats, another important point these days. Some of us do it, so why not you?

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: Ruby Fiction

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

Publishes thrillers, women’s fiction and romances without the hero’s point of view, between 60,000 and 100,000 words, suitable for a female adult audience.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sarah Ballard

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

I have extremely broad taste in fiction and non-fiction, but the underlying quality of the work that I’m interested in is a sense of urgency, and an attempt to make a change in the world, whether that is fiction with a compelling plot or structure overlaying a set of big ideas; memoir-ish non fiction flavoured with obsession and unfolding a hidden agenda; or meticulously researched history which changes our world view. I have a particular interest in feminism and feminist approaches - but exploring ideas or angles which are completely new to me is one of the great joys of my job. I prefer to work with writers who are more-or-less based in the UK, and are aiming to deliver a book every one or two years, and for whom I can add something to every area of their creative lives.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Eli Keren

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

I am particularly interested in smart and engaging popular science, as well as literary and commercial fiction. I do not represent authors for children's and YA literature.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jemiscoe Chambers-Black

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2020

Currently building her client list in the middle grade, YA, and adult categories. She is also interested in considering illustrators and author-illustrators.

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