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Is Regan Arts Pivoting or Sputtering?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 10, 2018

When it launched in 2013, Regan Arts was touted as a multimedia venture that would produce an array of entertainment properties with a focus on what its publisher, Judith Regan, knew best: books. Although the house got off to a promising start, publishing insiders say things have changed. After staff reductions, softening print book sales, and a number of canceled projects, alarms have been going off in publishing circles. For her part, Regan, who declined to talk directly to PW for this story, said through her lawyer that it’s business as usual. For a number of literary agents, who claim their clients have had their titles unceremoniously dropped, it’s no such thing.

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The Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society Joins Forces with Black Chateau In 2018

satprnews.com – Thursday February 8, 2018

Los Angeles, CA - The Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society (GLAWS), the organizer of the West Coast Writer’s Conferences (WC2), teams up with Black Château in 2018. 

Tony Todaro, Executive Director of GLAWS and WC2, and Desireé Duffy, founder of Black Château, decide to join forces to bring even more excellent programming to the renowned conferences. The partnership kicks off with Black Château presenting the Saturday Keynote Presentation, titled: A Brave New World for Women: How Dystopian Worlds Are Merging with the Times, at the Genre LA Creative Writing Conference on Feb. 24, 2018. 

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John McPhee's writing advice, why you should go to a writing workshop and David Bowie's reading list

abc.net.au – Tuesday February 6, 2018

We sit down for a writing class with Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed non-fiction author John McPhee.

The New Yorker writer is best-known for his meticulously-researched and wonderfully evocative pieces about everything from conservation, to basketball, to one book all about oranges!

His latest book, Draft No. 4, details his writing process – including the strange maps and one-of-a-kind computer system that are integral to his process.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 6, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Humour; Lifestyle
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Commercial

Send query by email with 20 pages of your ms, in the body of an email. No attachments or hard copy submissions. See website for more details, and specific agent interests and contact details.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 5, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and fiction, with a particular (but not exclusive) interest in work which makes reference to the Pacific / Asia / Polynesia / Hawai'i. Send complete ms with SASE. No submissions by email.

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Romance fiction authors reveal their secrets to writing about love and sex

perthnow.com.au – Saturday February 3, 2018

THE age of the alpha hole — the brooding, brutish alpha male that would set hearts aflutter in the bodice-rippers of yore — is over. The nice guys have won.

These days, the men steaming up the pages of romantic fiction are single dads, emotionally vulnerable Regency lords and bikies yearning to swap guns for groceries.

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5 Writing Tips: Laura Lippman

publishersweekly.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Writing is a sedentary gig unless one has a treadmill desk. But I have long believed writing and working out are complementary disciplines. And it's not just that moving counterbalances the effects of sitting in a chair for so many hours every day. I've long believed that the work-out life has lessons for the writing life. I've "solved" a lot of books while at the gym, in part because I'm not trying to solve them at that precise moment. When you're loose, focusing on a physical task, it's amazing what can happen in your head. And it turns out that a lot of advice given to people who want to exercise will also work for those trying to establish a writing routine.

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Publishers call on Man Booker prize to drop American authors

theguardian.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Tensions over the decision to allow US authors to enter the Man Booker prizehave flared up yet again, with 30 publishers signing a letter urging the prize organisers to reverse the change, or risk a “homogenised literary future”.

The letter, which was intended to be private and has been seen by the Guardian, argues that the rule change to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter has restricted the diversity of the prize and led to the domination of American authors since it came into effect in 2014. Previously, the prize only allowed citizens from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland to enter.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Adventure; Autobiography; Biography; Cookery; Crime; Culture; Health; Nature; Politics; Travel
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Interested in quality fiction and general nonfiction, particularly memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Also all types of children's literature (picture books, middle grade, and young adult). Send query letter by email or via online form on website. If no response within three months, assume rejection.

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The Many Joys of a Writing Workshop

nextavenue.org – Thursday February 1, 2018

For two years, I had the pleasure of guiding a writing workshop that involved women ranging in age from their 40s to their 70s. Only one of these women was a professional writer, and only a few aspired to seeing a piece through to publication. Yet all of them were devoted to the weekly workshop, which had existed for several years before they invited me to take the helm.

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