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Unwin goes solo with 'dream' independent agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday August 31, 2016

Jo Unwin is embarking on her “dream” of owning a fully-independent literary agency after nearly three years of working in association with Rogers, Coleridge and White (RCW).

The Jo Unwin Literary Agency Ltd (JULA) will be based in new offices in London’s Somerset House and she will continue to represent her roster of debut and bestselling authors including Kit de Waal, Nina Stibbe, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Richard Ayoade and Jenny Colgan, while looking to expand her list.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 31, 2016

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

Send up to 5 poems or fiction up to 8,000 words by email. All submissions entered into poetry or fiction contest, with $150 prize and $100 runner-up prize in each.

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Eimear McBride: Let’s write about sex

irishtimes.com – Tuesday August 30, 2016

The thing about sex is, it’s everywhere and for someone of my generation, that’s quite a reversal. When I was growing up it was nowhere. I harbour no nostalgia for that, though, because when Beckett’s characters at stool are more publicly acceptable than the merest intimation of physical desire, you know something has gone awry. Nowadays you can’t buy a yoghurt without fighting through a fug of heavy breathing, sexual cannibal is the de rigueur look for every woman from nine to 90 and the uniform sex-monkeydom of popstars is enough to put anyone off YouTube for life. The accessibility of internet pornography means that knowledge of the mechanics of sex is possible from an increasingly early age but, as porn mostly features the hairless engaging in the joyless, it’s a poor initiator into the wonders and horrors of what the average adult’s sexual life will be.

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Writing your first novel: what you should know

marieclaire.co.uk – Monday August 29, 2016

Ex journalist Corrie Jackson, whose debut thriller is published this month, shares her advice for sharpening your story and getting it out there...

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Feds Target "Predatory" Publishers

insidehighered.com – Monday August 29, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday filed a complaint against the academic journal publisher OMICS Group and two of its subsidiaries, saying the publisher deceives scholars and misrepresents the editorial rigor of its journals.

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How to submit your manuscript

star2.com – Sunday August 28, 2016

From my personal experience as an editor and speaker at literary festivals, I have found that many hopeful writers and authors often don’t take the trouble to learn this side of the business. It’s actually something writers can easily research online and I wonder why they don’t. Here are some do’s and don’ts when submitting manuscripts and also, when approaching publishers/editors at events or in real life (yes, it happens).

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Why Indie Agency RWSG Sold to WME: "It Felt Like a Crossroads"

hollywoodreporter.com – Friday August 26, 2016

When literary agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett agreed to be acquired by WME, the decision represented a recognition that in a changing market, an independent books-to-film firm — even one as respected as RWSG — might not have the resources needed to thrive.

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New edition of Writers' Handbook

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 25, 2016

The 2017 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2016 edition, and over 500 brand new entries.

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The Ends of the World: a call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 25, 2016

" ‘We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling,’ we wrote seven years ago in the Dark Mountain manifesto. ‘All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history.’ When we wrote those words they were, to many, highly debatable. They seem less debatable today. The world is changing faster than ever, and a sense of powerlessness is spreading. All over the world now, it seems, people are turning their minds to the big question: what happens now?"

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 23, 2016

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Adventure; Crime; Erotic; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Thrillers; Westerns
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Traditional

A full service literary agency for authors of fiction. We eagerly work with new and established authors to get their works published in both traditional and eBook formats. 

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