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ICM Partners Acquires Lit Outfit The Sagalyn Agency, Opens D.C. Office

deadline.com – Friday January 26, 2018

ICM Partners has acquired The Sagalyn Agency, the Washington D.C.-based literary agency that reps leading journalists, historians, biographers, scientists, thought leaders and novelists. The deal comes four years after ICM and Raphael Sagalyn’s company formed an alliance that melded Sagalyn’s strong nonfiction author list and ICM’s roster dominated by fiction authors.

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Dear younger writer self, can I give you some advice?

irishtimes.com – Thursday January 25, 2018

Joan Brady on taking the scenic route to write her novel, missing her deadline to go from journalist to author by a mere 20 years.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 25, 2018

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online poetry journal. Submit up to five poems of any length via online submission system.

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What’s involved in being a writer? A few observations

sanluisobispo.com – Wednesday January 24, 2018

I get questions from time to time about what it’s like to be a writer. So, here are a few of them, along with some I’ve asked myself, and the answers I’ve come up with.

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I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight jammie dodgers

irishtimes.com – Wednesday January 24, 2018

Louise Beech: Writing without a deal, agent or audience means you can be the most honest you’ll probably ever be

Adversity is a great place for inspiration. It lends a sort of desperation, a need to create and make something good when the world seems against us. It’s not a great place to permanently live, but without experiencing it for at least a good period of time we don’t grow, survive, or scream to be heard. During adversity, we write hungry. I mean this in a spiritual way, not literally, though it can help to be physically hungry too. I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight Jammie Dodgers.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 23, 2018

Handles: Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Culture; Health; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Spiritual
Markets: Adult

Send single-page query by email with information about your proposed book, your publishing history, and any media or online platform you have developed. Response only if interested.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 22, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction and nonfiction for teens and young adults. Send complete ms with full synopsis by email only. Prefers Word and PDF files. Response only if interested.

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Why Writing Network Startups Are Banking On Serialized Storytelling

forbes.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

The publishing industry might not be as buzzy as film or TV, but it still attracts its share of startups: Startup database Angel List currently holds 2,261 companies under the "publishing" rubric, at an average valuation of $3.7 million.

Granted, many of these are news curators or offer website templates, but of the fiction-centric startups, the success stories are built on a strongly engaged base of users. How do these writing networks chase engagement? They master the art of page-turning addiction.

Serialized storytelling isn't new. Serialized folklore and literature includes Homer, Dickens, and 1,001 Arabian Nights. The concept adapts to new formats: Pulp fiction has profited from their heroes' endless exploits since the dime store novel, and the 1920s-era Stratemeyer Syndicate further improved on the model with ghostwritten series like Nancy Drew, the Bobsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. These books promoted previous stories at the front of the book and often ended with previews teasing the title of the next installment — and the syndicate even instructed writers to end chapters and even pages mid-scene. The result was a literal $0.50 page-turner.

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firstwriter.magazine final issue - out now

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

This month sees the launch of the last ever issue of firstwriter.magazine

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. All good things must come to an end, however, and issue 32 will be the last issue of firstwriter.magazine. Managing Editor, J. Paul Dyson, gave the following explanation about the decision to end the long-running publication:

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Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold)

inc.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

When I was a kid I loved to read Judy Blume books: Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingBlubberDeenieFreckle JuiceSuperfudge. They addressed themes and issues other books I was reading at the time didn't cover. Her stories spoke directly to me, as if she could see right into my curious, hyper-sensitive, insecure pre-teen head.

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