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Conservative children’s publisher Brave Books debuts with ‘Elephants Are Not Birds’

nypost.com – Sunday July 25, 2021

A new conservative publishing house wants to get the “wokeness” out of bedtime.

Launching this week, Brave Books will focus exclusively on stories for kids, and offers parents “a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read,” according to their website.

Company CEO Trent Talbot, who had his first child a little more than a year ago, conceived of Brave Books when, he said, he started to notice “that there is a real war going on for the hearts and minds of our kids. And everywhere I looked was propaganda,” the Montgomery, Texas-based dad told The Post.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Lee O'Brien

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 22, 2021

Across all age categories, they’re looking for books with clear stakes and an immersive world, as well as anything with lots of atmosphere, magic, monsters, intrigue, or a plot full of twists and turns. They’re actively seeking underrepresented voices, and they have a particular soft spot for queer romance (whether it’s an epic love story or a first crush), ace rep, and trans kids with swords.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Anna Gamble

firstwriter.com – Monday July 19, 2021

Would love to see high concept chapter books with a strong hook and middle grade fiction that really knows its audience and offers a sense of adventure.

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Festival of Words guests talk fantasy writing, defining genre during panel

moosejawtoday.com – Sunday July 18, 2021

A selection of fantasy authors joined together to talk about how they approach writing a genre that includes anything the imagination can create, during the ongoing Saskatchewan Festival of Words.

The panel was pre-recorded, as part of a small series of sessions from the Festival of Words available for attendees to watch anytime.

Moderated by crime writer Wayne Arthurson — who said he was an avid fantasy reader excited to join the discussion — authors Melanie McFarlane, C.L. Polk and Hiromi Goto sat down to talk about the details of creating fantasy fiction.

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New Publisher Listing: Wolfpack Publishing

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 15, 2021

An award winning indie publisher that began life as a small Western Fiction publishing company, but which now publishes across a variety of genres. Continues to specialise in Westerns, but not accepting submissions for Westerns as at July 2021.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Nicole Etherington

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 15, 2021

Tastes lean towards literary and bookclub fiction. In terms of nonfiction, drawn to books that make readers think or explore familiar topics in interesting ways. No submissions to personal email address.

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The Bleeding Cool List Of Agents Selling Graphic Novels To Publishers

bleedingcool.com – Wednesday July 14, 2021

So this is what I have been doing, on and off, for the last two weeks. You're welcome. A compilation of every announced graphic novel from a major publisher over the last year-and-a-half, arranged by which agent negotiated the deal – if they did. The bookstore graphic novel market has been booming, and so many deals for 2022, 2023, and 2024 are being done through the lockdown and pandemic. Speaking with many major comic book creators wondering about projects out there, I discovered that most haven't even considered an agent and just try and use their own personal contacts and knowledge which they often find lacking. Here's an attempt to highlight the people working on comic book creators' behalf in what is an expanding graphic novel bookstore market.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Pam Gruber

firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 14, 2021

Looking for adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction with literary voices and commercial hooks. She is particularly interested in layered fantasy, speculative fiction, fantastical realism, rom-coms, and coming-of-age stories with a twist. She is also open to middle grade and YA graphic novels, as well as select narrative non-fiction on lesser-known subjects. She would not be the best fit for prescriptive non-fiction, anthologies, potty humor, paranormal, or erotica.

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New Publisher Listing: Coyote Arts

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 13, 2021

A literary arts publisher dedicated to the power of words and images to transform human lives and the environment we inhabit. Publishes works in the genres of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama that engage the sense of wonder and possibility.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Tom Drake Lee

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 13, 2021

Looking for commercial literary and genre fiction which tells stories and illuminates the human condition; fiction which has compelling plot, narrative and characters.

Also looking for non-fiction which tells us more about the world around us; nature writing, popular science, history and memoir.

No screenplays, short story / novellas, children's books / YA or Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

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