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New Publisher Listing: Collins

firstwriter.com – Friday November 11, 2022

Publishes reference books and educational resources.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Alex Adsett

firstwriter.com – Friday November 11, 2022

Always seeking amazing manuscripts, with a focus on fiction and narrative non-fiction, especially SFF, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults.

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US Judge lays out case for blocking publishing giants merger

abcnews.go.com – Wednesday November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has laid out a data-laden case for why she blocked Penguin Random House’s proposed purchase of Simon & Schuster, handing a victory to the Biden Justice Department in its contention that combining two of the world’s biggest publishers would hurt competition for top-selling books.

In her ruling filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Florence Pan also waved off as not relevant the publishers’ assertion that Penguin Random House would be the best “home” for Simon & Schuster and that other buyers — notably private equity firms — could destroy it. That argument isn’t relevant to the case and her decision, Pan wrote, which turns only on the issue of how the merger would affect competition.

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New Publisher Listing: Fairlight Books

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 9, 2022

Publishes literary fiction. Accepts novels and novellas for print publication and short stories up to 10,000 words (including flash fiction) for online publication. Send query by email with synopsis and writing sample up to 10,000 words for long fiction, or full text for short stories. Temporarily closed to submissions of novels and novellas as at November 2022. Check website for current status.

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New Magazine Listing: BFS Journal

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 9, 2022

Fantasy journal devoted to non-fiction: interviews, academic articles, reviews and features.

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How to navigate the writer-editor relationship

artshub.co.uk – Monday November 7, 2022

Consider: you’ve just had your first or latest book accepted by a publishing house (congratulations!) and you’ve been assigned an editor to finesse the manuscript into publishable form. Or you’re a newbie editor who’s at the start of your career and wanting to know how to navigate the potentially tricky conversations with writers who are understandably a little protective about their words.

ArtsHub has gathered voices on both sides of the publication divide to offer some tips on how to successfully manage the writer-editor relationship.

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Frankfurt 2022 from a Children's Book Perspective

publishersweekly.com – Saturday November 5, 2022

For many rights professionals, the recent Frankfurt Book Fair was their first opportunity since 2019 to attend a fair in person. Attendees said they were delighted to be back, even amid industry challenges and world uncertainty on several fronts. We spoke with a number of savvy agents and scouts about their impressions of the fair, and asked them to talk about trends they were noticing.

“It was wonderful to be back at a fair, and to be among so many fellow book people again,” said Sara Crowe, senior agent at Pippin Properties. “Being back in Frankfurt was energizing, emotional, and re-affirming,” said Rachel Hecht, founder of Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting. “There is no replacement for the in-person connections to be made over tables while gasping over sample spreads, or the bolt of joy from waving down an old colleague while rushing between stands. We are a community of book people who thrive when we gather, and while Zoom is a convenient tool, it cannot replicate the alchemy that happens during a fair.

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Wild Places Publishing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 4, 2022

Publisher specialising in caving-related publications.

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10 NaNoWriMo Tips for Success from Editors and Agents

litreactor.com – Friday November 4, 2022

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is right around the corner — starting annually on November 1. Though the concept of writing 50,000 words in one frenzied month sounds utterly insane, hundreds of thousands of writers attempt it every year, relying on the sense of camaraderie, accountability, and group momentum of the NaNo community. (Think “Night gathers, and now my watch begins” — but for writers who’ve been putting off starting their novels. Minus the dramatic cloaks, unfortunately.)

If you’re taking on the challenge this year, I’ve asked 10 editors and agents for their advice to help you succeed. These are professionals who offer editorial services on Reedsy, who I’d like to thank for letting me tap into their community of experienced publishing professionals!

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Brown Books Publishing Group Partners with Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to Grant $80K Book Contract to 2023 Writing Contest Winner!

businesswire.com – Wednesday November 2, 2022

On Saturday, October 29, Thomas Reale (President and COO of Brown Books Publishing Group) announced a first-ever partnership with the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, wherein BBPG will award an $80,000 publishing contract prize to their 2023 nonfiction book manuscript contest winner. The winner of this contest will receive an all-inclusive book contract with national distribution, PR, and Marketing. Once the winner’s book is published, it will be offered to BBPG’s agency partners in Asia and Europe for foreign language rights opportunities, and will be included in their English export program to 36 countries.

“Our goal is to make one lucky contestant’s book a bestseller,” said Milli Brown, Founder and CEO of Brown Books Publishing Group.

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