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How Scotland's most successful young publishers are shaking up literary world from their spare room and finding famous fans along the way

dailyrecord.co.uk – Monday January 8, 2018

PUBLISHERS. Gouty old guys in tweed jackets, right?

Wrong.

The days of well-connected chaps who go for long lunches then fall asleep behind the slush pile are over for good.

Scotland’s most successful new publishers are young women with tattoos and Twitter accounts.

Heather McDaid and Laura Jones, the livewires behind 404 Ink, produced the biggest-selling title at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from Heather’s spare room.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 8, 2018

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

Publishes fiction of 1,000 words or more; visual / experimental / written poetry of 120 words or more; and nonfiction / essays / manifestos of 1,000 words or more. Submit online through website.

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A Fine Bromance: On Writing About Friendship

signature-reads.com – Friday January 5, 2018

Over the course of the six novels I’ve published, my characters have fallen in love and had their hearts broken more times than I can count. There’s a reason why readers and writers relish a good love story: when we read an ecstatic description of a heart tumbling into deranged wonder, we think: yes. An intoxicating bell of recognition (or perhaps hope) chimes deep within us. And yet, as fascinating as we may find affairs of the heart, I’m starting to feel the limitations of writing about romance.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 4, 2018

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

Publishes modern, literary poetry. Send submissions by email, but no attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 3, 2018

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

Independent literary agency providing career management for experienced and aspiring authors and illustrators of children’s literature. Actively seeking talented writers and illustrators of all genres of children’s literature including picture books, early readers, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels and comic books as well as young adult fiction and nonfiction. See website for full submission guidelines.

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2018 Book Publishing Predictions - Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence?

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday January 2, 2018

Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation.

Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the heck is going to happen next.

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Roy Peter Clark needs your help writing a new book

poynter.org – Tuesday January 2, 2018

If you ever write a book and get someone to publish it, you will be looking for blurbs. The best blurb I ever received came from the jocular Dave Barry, who opined:  “Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anyone I know who is not already dead.”

That juicy praise got me thinking about all those writing experts who now happen to be dead, some of them for a long time. The names are countless, from A (Aristotle) to Z (Zinsser).  More than two millennia ago, Aristotle wrote "The Poetics," and in 1976 William Zinsser wrote "On Writing Well," which, over 30 years would sell more than a million copies.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 2, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult

Actively seeking submissions from new and established writers. Very broad tastes and interests in both fiction and nonfiction across genres, subjects and ages, but no poetry, screenplays, or children's books. See website for full submission guidelines and online submission form.

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Why should we subsidise writers who have lost the plot?

theguardian.com – Monday January 1, 2018

Following the announcement from Arts Council England that sales of literary fiction are plummeting, it is suggested that arts subsidies be deployed to help writers survive. I have another idea. They should write better books.

I barely read literary fiction any more. When I do it is almost always American writers: Michael ChabonJonathan FranzenAnne TylerDonna Tartt. Not only are the aforementioned brilliant writers, they are accomplished storytellers. But here, the form of storytelling and literary novel writing has become largely divorced.

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Interesting Video on “The Basics of Writing a Screenplay”

tvovermind.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

This interesting video on the basics of writing a screenplay is something that a lot of aspiring screenwriters should think about watching if they’re serious about getting their story noticed and made into a film by someone that is looking for an engaging story. Having written a few myself, but obviously never having sold one yet, this kind of a lot of review but it’s still something I think that anyone with an interest would be wise to look at. One thing you have to remember about a screenplay however is that it’s not a book. You’re not writing prose, and as a result you don’t need to be that descriptive. Instead of writing to create pages and expanded content you’re writing to create something concrete that can be filmed and idealized by those that read the script.

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