11 Writing Tips From Joan Didion, Because She Knows A Thing Or Two About It
bustle.com – Thursday September 15, 2016
Award-winning writer, sharp critic, and insightful memoirist — is there anything the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem can't do? Probably not, which is why you can take writing advice from Joan Didion to heart. After five decades of real-world practice, could you think of anyone better to advise you? I didn't think so.
Authors beware: scam publishers are charging up to $15k for shoddy work
stuff.co.nz – Thursday September 15, 2016
Local writers are paying bogus publishers between $5000 and $15,000 per book to get their work published.
For that, they receive an e-book and a few poorly edited print copies of their manuscript, according to the New Zealand Society of Authors — and then they are asked to pay more money to market it.
"Basically [the 'publishers' are] doing almost nothing, and certainly nothing that gets an author's work out there," says NZSA president Kyle Mewburn, who has noticed an increase in scam complaints in the last year, from one every couple of months to one or two a week.
What is women's writing? Publishing insiders discuss power of female voices
theguardian.com – Wednesday September 14, 2016
Writers and editors explored what it means to be a woman in the literary world at an Emily Books event in Brooklyn: ‘The industry is mostly female, but male-run’
How Dylan Thomas's writing shed inspired Roald Dahl
bbc.co.uk – Wednesday September 14, 2016
Both are world-famous authors who wrote some of their best known works in their sheds. But, as Roald Dahl's centenary is celebrated across the country, his widow reveals how heavily the children's author was influenced by Dylan Thomas's hut when building his own.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 14, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
London-based publisher of quality fiction and nonfiction. Welcomes submissions. For nonfiction, send synopsis, author profile, sample chapter, and brief chapter summaries; for fiction, send synopsis and three sample chapters.
Steve Atkinson: HighTide started on a wave of changes in new writing
whatsonstage.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016
HighTide turns ten this year and the UK's premier new writing festival could not be in better shape. Since beginning in the small market town of Halesworth in Suffolk, they've championed the likes of Adam Brace, Sam Holcroft, Joel Horwood and Nick Payne, often staging debuts from those writers well before theatres like the National, Almeida and the Royal Court pick them up. As co-founder of the festival, director Steve Atkinson has been instrumental in pushing the festival artistically so it now stands as one of the most important new writing events in the UK calendar. Now, after they open at the festival's home of Aldeburgh, HighTide plays tour up and down the country, bringing bright, dynamic theatre voices to the rest of the world.
Man Booker shortlist 2016: tiny Scottish imprint sees off publishing giants
theguardian.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016
Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet’s story of murder in a 19th-century crofting community has beaten novels by some of literature’s biggest names to make the shortlist for the Man Booker prize, a list that judges said “showed courage and a willingness to take risks”.
Making a living as a poet
societyofauthors.org – Tuesday September 13, 2016
Wednesday 26 October, 6-8pm
In the first of the new Poetry and Spoken Word Group's series of events on Making a Living as a Poet, we bring you a panel discussion with Julia Bird, Tom Chivers and Chair Tamar Yoseloff.
See below for details of their exciting, varied careers as poets, producers and publishers, and join us to discuss how they've made them pay. Questions from the floor will be welcomed at the end.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Archaeology; Culture; Historical; Literature; Media; Military; Music; Nature;
Markets: Academic; Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary
Academic publisher publishing scholarly monographs and general interest books about Louisiana and the South. Approach by post only. Send query with CV and proposal for nonfiction; one-page summary and brief sample for fiction; and 4-5 sample pages for poetry. See website for full details.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Monday September 12, 2016
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror;
Preferred styles: Dark
Publishes horror and dark fantasy stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. No graphic, violent horror. Send submissions by email as .doc or .rtf attachment. See website for full guidelines.