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FutureBook teams with The Pigeonhole for writing competition

thebookseller.com – Friday September 21, 2018

FutureBook is partnering with social reading app The Pigeonhole to run a short story competition exploring the future of the book. The winning author is to be hosted at the FutureBook Conference, 30th November.

Judges will be Molly Flatt, author and associate editor of FutureBook; Anna Jean Hughes, founder of The Pigeonhole; and Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for Science Fiction.

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11 Tips On Writing Horror From The Greats Of The Genre, Including Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, And Tananarive Due

bustle.com – Friday September 21, 2018

As the autumn mists roll in, and prestige horror movies make their triumphant return to cinemas, it seems like the perfect time to settle in with your beloved word processor and your favorite hot beverage and write some ghost stories. But how does one make a piece of writing scary? Where's the line that turns a cheesy people-eating demon into the stuff of nightmares? How does a writer create a spine-tingling atmosphere of tension and fear while staring at a computer screen and eating cereal directly out of the box? Here are a few tips from the horror greats for writing creepy fiction (and quite possibly terrifying yourself in the process).

Of course, as with all writing, there is no one-size-fits-all method for crafting a great horror novel. You might be a person who is entirely unfazed by classic monster movies, and who rolls their eyes at creepy campfire tales. Or you might be someone (like me) who routinely has to hide their novelty clown-shaped pencil cup for fear that it will spontaneously come to life. Your fears and your writing methods are all your own. But no matter what your approach, these horror-writing tips will give you a few extra thoughts to mull over as your write your tales of terror:

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 19, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Adventure; Biography; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Nature; Politics; Romance; Science; Sci-Fi; Self-Help; Thrillers; 
Markets: Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Literary; Mainstream

Accepts submissions for science fiction and fantasy direct from authors. Submissions in all other areas must come via a literary agent.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 18, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Business; Culture; Current Affairs; Health; Historical; Lifestyle; Psychology; Sociology; Sport; Technology; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Literary

Send query by email only. Include "QUERY" in the subject line, and a one-page query letter, which identifies the category of your work, the title, the word count, and provides a brief overview of your project, credentials and previous publishing history, if any. Complete book proposals on request only.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 17, 2018

Publishes: Essays; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Literature; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

Publishes poetry and literary prose. No previously published material. Send up to five poems or a piece of prose via online submission system ($3 charge) or by post with SASE. Accepts simultaneous submissions if notice of acceptance elsewhere is given. Six month response time.

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Kaplan Stahler Agency Names Cindy Mintz Head of TV Literary

deadline.com – Saturday September 15, 2018

Kaplan Stahler’s Cindy Mintz has been named head of TV Literary at the boutique agency. In her new role, Mintz will oversee a department of five agents.

Mintz joined Kaplan Stahler in 2013 after a brief stint at Abrams Artists Agency, where she was instrumental in launching their TV literary department. Prior to Abrams, she spent 15 years as a TV packaging agent at ICM Partners.

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Penguin Random House Is Building the Perfect Publishing House

newrepublic.com – Wednesday September 12, 2018

When Penguin and Random House announced in the fall of 2012 that they intended to merge, Hurricane Sandy was barreling toward New York City, America’s publishing capital. It was an instant metaphor for headline writers: “As Sandy Loomed, the Publishing Industry Panicked.” People inside both companies worried about their jobs; people outside the companies worried about the market power of a new conglomerate comprised of the country’s two largest trade publishers. Agents and authors, meanwhile, worried that the consolidation would further drive down advances.

Random House’s top brass insisted that there was no need to panic. “The continuity will far outweigh the change,” Markus Dohle, the CEO of what would become Penguin Random House, told The New York Times when the merger was completed the following summer. “We have the luxury to take the time before we make any strategic decisions. There is no need to rush.”

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 12, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Entertainment; Erotic; Fantasy; Film; Horror; Humour; Music; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Contemporary; Dark; Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Satirical; Serious; Traditional

Currently selling a lot of nonfiction books but more focused on finding commercial novels now. Seeking ambitious epic books with attractive characters to lend themselves for movie adaptations. Think big! Check out the detailed Q&A with me on my agency Facebook site as it will give you a lot of info about why I might be the right agent for you.

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E-book pricing: because you’re worth it

irishtimes.com – Monday September 10, 2018

You’re a self-published author. You’re digitally publishing and you are responsible for pricing your e-book. How do you decide the price?

There are two schools of thought in the interminable self-publishing pricing discussion. One believes firmly in the pile ’em high and sell ’em cheap philosophy. The other side holds that to be a horrible undervaluation of our talents and time.

I’m firmly in the second camp. I’ve long been of the opinion that self-published authors selling at “remaindered bin” prices are doing themselves, and self-publishing authors generally, a huge disservice. They’re not valuing their own work sufficiently highly, and they’re encouraging readers to place less value on independently published work than traditionally published. They’re saying, “my book is not as good as one you would find in a bookshop, so I can’t charge as much for it. The only way I can encourage you to buy it is if I either give it away free, or charge what a bookshop would charge for books that nobody wants (the ‘remaindered bin’)”.

Why has that become an accepted tactic?

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 7, 2018

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Adventure; Humour; Mystery
Markets: Children's; Youth

Accepts submissions across all genres and age ranges in children's books. Send query by email with a description of your book, author bio, and literary or relevant professional credits, and first three chapters (or roughly 25 pages) for novels, or complete ms if your work is a picture book. No picture books over 1,000 words. Response in 6-8 weeks.

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