New Magazine Listing: Pride Quarterly Magazine
firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 19, 2022
A genre fiction magazine for QTBIPOC creators. Open to original and reprinted genre fiction year-round with periodic, unannounced closures. Particularly interested in romance, historical fiction, mystery and crime, thriller and suspense, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. All submissions should be aimed at a general adult audience. Aims for a story a month, published behind a paywall on the 15th. Each quarter, these stories are bundled into an issue. Each year, they’re collected into an anthology.
Amberley Publishing acquires Icon Books
thebookseller.com – Tuesday October 18, 2022
Icon Books has been acquired by Amberley Publishing for an undisclosed sum.
Amberley said the acquisition would “provide a strong addition to Amberley’s existing non-fiction catalogue” and follows its acquisition of Quiller Publishing for £1.4m in June 2021.
Icon Books was bought by Jonathan Ball Publishers in April 2020 and Amberley said this acquisition follows detailed discussions on working closely together.
New Literary Agency Listing: Alex Adsett Literary
firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 18, 2022
Only represents authors in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific or SE Asia, not USA or Europe. Only accepts submissions from by invitation or referral, or from authors from an under-represented background – First Nations, authors of colour, authors from marginalised cultures, neuroatypical authors, authors with disability, or authors from varied socio-economic circumstances.
Why querying is hell for neurodivergents
thebookseller.com – Monday October 17, 2022
Literary agencies have taken steps to make their submissions policies more inclusive—and some simple adjustments can throw the doors wide open.
Querying: the word itself makes it seem straightforward. You query an agent—“Hey, would you like to represent my novel?”—and they say yes or no. It’s actually incredibly complicated, consisting of learning unique skills and new acronyms like R&R, FR and CNR. If you don’t know the terminology either, R&R is revise and resubmit, FR can be a full request or a full rejection and CNR is could not reply. Querying can make you consider: is my love for this book worth the challenges of pursuing publication?
Querying being difficult is not an experience unique to neurodivergent people and may not be everyone’s experience, since every neurodivergent person is fundamentally different—it’s in the name. But this article offers an insight into how agents can make the process more accessible and inclusive. The problems start early because there isn’t a set “guide” and no clear benchmark to measure how you are progressing. The percentage of partial or full requests a querying author may receive might be good for YA fantasy but not for adult cosmic horror, and it can change month on month. Add to this varied, long and intense wait times and it can cause serious issues for neurodivergent writers.
Writers' Handbook 2023 now available to buy
firstwriter.com – Sunday October 16, 2022
The 2023 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been released, and is now available to buy both as a paperbook and an ebook.
The directory is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 2,000 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2022 edition, and over 350 brand new entries.
New Publisher Imprint Listing: Tidewater Publishers
firstwriter.com – Friday October 14, 2022
Life and history in the Chesapeake Bay region for children and adults.
Ketubot 99 - Tablet Magazine
tabletmag.com – Thursday October 13, 2022
Today’s Talmud page, Ketubot 99, ponders the complicated, sometimes fraught, and often fruitful relationship between clients and agents. Literary agent Anne Edelstein joins us to talk about helping her authors navigate their careers, a journey that requires profound psychological insights. So what is it, exactly, that an agent does? Listen and find out.
Thuan Dang Joins APA As Agent; Lucy Tashman Upped To Director Content Development
deadline.com – Tuesday October 11, 2022
Dang represents writers and directors in feature films, TV, streaming and animation. He becomes the 15th new agent/exec APA has brought in during the past two months. Tashman began her career as an intern at APA and was promoted to agent in the scripted literary department in 2020.
New Magazine Listing: BBC Doctor Who Magazine
firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 11, 2022
Magazine for fans of Doctor Who, aged 6-12.
Association of Authors’ Agents to focus on smaller agencies and demystifying the craft
thebookseller.com – Monday October 10, 2022
A round-table with the exec at the Association of Authors’ Agents reveals a group champing at the bit to get back to Frankfurt—and to ensure there is space there for a broader spread of talent.
I am met in the reception of 50 Albemarle Street by Marsh Agency deputy m.d. Jemma McDonagh. The grand townhouse retains its Regency elegance and its stately drawing rooms still look like the sort of places gouty periwigged men might have, over brandies, discussed how best to put down a colonial uprising. “What about a spot of genocide, m’lud?” you can almost hear a foreign office mandarin suggesting to enthusiastic assents.
The address is also a landmark in British literary history: for 190 years it was the John Murray headquarters and in one of its drawing rooms, John Murray II infamously burned Lord Byron’s memoir after the poet’s death. Murray, incidentally, paid what (if The Bookseller had been going at the time) might have termed “a significant four-figure sum” for the memoir—an eye-watering 2,000 guineas (presumably world all-languages; not clear if audio or film/TV rights were mentioned). Ever the canny operator, Murray squeezed the rights-holder (Byron’s friend, the poet Thomas Moore) to get his money back with interest.