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New Literary Agency Listing: Arthur B Pulitzer Agency

firstwriter.com – Monday October 11, 2021

True Crime Manuscripts, Screenplays, Poems based on real people. As their literary agent, I am in personal contact with each of these authors Since 2009 I have been corresponding with inmates by mail, email, telephone. I have corresponded via letters, email, and phone calls to inmates and some of their relatives. I have thoroughly read all manuscripts, correspondence and taken notes during direct phone calls and researched the court documents (including appeals) of each inmate. Each story, manuscript as written by the inmate, includes such injustices as: wrongful conviction, ineffective counsel, racially biased juries, police wrongdoing, evidence withheld, prosecutorial misconduct, racism in the courtroom, and constitutional rights’ violations. Inmate backgrounds include horrific conditions such as: incest, parental abuse, domestic violence, poverty, drugs, and sexual abuse. All original screenplays, manuscripts were sourced by me directly from men and women inmates. Most are still in prison.

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Seven Benefits of a Writing Partner

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 10, 2021

I used to think I could go it alone as a writer.

As a matter of fact, I preferred it that way. I wanted to rely on myself alone, not bother anyone, not need anyone to get involved. I was doing fine with this philosophy for years. I wrote and edited and rewrote all on my own, bumping along in a quiet, solitary manner, sending stories and poems to literary magazines, receiving rejections, jumping up and down with my beloved cat whenever an editor wrote me a note or I won a contest.

“What does this mean? Are you famous yet?” my husband would sometimes tease.

He isn’t a writer, so I forgave him. But the fact remained: I wasn’t taking any sizable steps forward in my writing career.

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What It Would Take to Disrupt the Publishing Industry

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 10, 2021

Anyone who follows publishing knows that it loves to celebrate a disruptor. Disruptor is a label thrown at anything new, and publishing is unusually easy to disrupt because it is particularly slow to change.

Back when I started She Writes Press in 2012, I was called a disruptor. I confess, I liked it. But it wasn’t exactly accurate, and whenever I spoke at conferences about what we were doing—which was growing a reputable hybrid model based on the systems of traditional publishing—I let audiences know that legacy publishers had been cutting hybrid deals for years, which was an open secret. If I was doing anything disruptive, it was encouraging the authors we published to be proud of publishing nontraditionally. As I mentioned, it doesn’t take much to be considered a disruptor in this space.

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New Publisher Listing: Zibby Books

firstwriter.com – Friday October 8, 2021

A publishing home for fiction and memoir.

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PFD to launch Queer Fiction Prize

thebookseller.com – Thursday October 7, 2021

Literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop is launching the PFD Queer Fiction Prize, with author Okechukwu Nzelu among the judges for the inaugural award.

The prize will have three separate categories for Adult, YA and Children’s Fiction.Three winners will receive representation at PFD and guidance for completing their novel. The recipients of the prize will be announced in June 2022.

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‘Bad art friend’: should fiction writers ever lift stories from other people’s lives?

theguardian.com – Wednesday October 6, 2021

Great writers have always been inspired by friends and lovers, but a viral article has revived the moral arguments around muses. In the age of the internet, does using someone else’s story feel like a violation?

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New Literary Agent Listing: Rachel Yeoh

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 5, 2021

Beginning to build her own list. Appreciates character-driven stories that have the power to soothe the pains of human suffering.

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Azumah Nelson to open National Creative Writing Day

thebookseller.com – Monday October 4, 2021

Novelist Caleb Azumah Nelson is to open the seventh iteration of the National Creative Writing Industry Day, as the event returns to a live physical event this year.

The author of Open Water (Viking) will deliver a  keynote speech to aspiring writers at Manchester Metropolitan University at a conference hosted in partnership with Comma Press. The event will also include a panel discussion on "The Paths of Northern Writers" with editor of award-nominated Aurelia Magazine Kya Buller, Desiree Reynolds and 2021 BBC National Short Story Award shortlistee Richard Smyth.

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New Magazine Listing: CharlottesvilleFamily

firstwriter.com – Monday October 4, 2021

An award-winning quarterly magazine dedicated to serving families in Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle area with engaging feature stories on parenting, education, health and recreation as well as useful resources designed to help “Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun.”

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Where Have All the Midsize Book Publishers Gone?

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 3, 2021

When Hachette Book Group acquired Workman Publishing, HBG CEO Michael Pietsch observed that Workman was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, remaining independent trade publishers left in the U.S. Based on available data, a case could indeed be made that Workman was the largest of its kind. Which has raised a question in publishing circles: why are there so few independent publishers of size? There is a dearth of what can be called midsize publishers that fall between the Big Five and the many independent publishers with sales of $20 million or less.

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt trade division, with 2020 sales of $192 million, was what could have been considered a mini-major before it was acquired by HarperCollins. The Scholastic trade group, with sales of $355 million in the fiscal year ended May 31, is a major player in the children’s trade market, but as part of a $1.3 billion publisher, it is clearly not independent. Other trade publishers that could be considered midsize that are also part of larger companies are Disney’s publishing division and Abrams, which is owned by the French company La Martinière Groupe, which was itself acquired by Media Participations.

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