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Writers' Handbook 2022 now available to buy – Sunday November 21, 2021

The 2022 edition of’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 2,500 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2021 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.

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Lowis moves to Viney Agency – Saturday November 20, 2021

Amberley Lowis has been appointed literary agent at the Viney Agency.

Lowis previously worked as an agents' assistant at Abner Stein for five years and as an editorial assistant at Kyle Books. 

She said: "I feel very lucky to have worked with such brilliant colleagues at Abner Stein and have learnt so much from them. I'm delighted to be joining the Viney Agency and I very much look forward to working with Charlie and further expanding the agency over the coming years."

Agency founder Charlie Viney said: "Amberley’s experience and drive stand her in very good stead to substantially add to the agency in the future and I’m thrilled that she is joining us."

Lowis will take up her new role in December. 

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How to turn your November draft into a polished manuscript – Thursday November 18, 2021

November is a month electric with writing energy. There is NaNoWriMo, of course. This column has encouraged writers to ‘win’— that is, to write 50,000 words in 30 days. But it’s also Memoir Writing Month, National NonFiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge, and National Blog Posting Month. So whatever it is you’re writing, you’re probably getting close to your self-defined finish line.

If you complete any of the above challenges, congratulations. Those are accomplishments to be sure. What they are not is finished products.

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New Magazine Listing: Africa Poetry Magazine – Thursday November 18, 2021

Accepts poetry submissions from poets living in Africa. Read the Submissions page and follow the guidelines to submit.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Claire Gillespie – Thursday November 18, 2021

Focuses on literary fiction, memoir, cultural criticism, upmarket fiction, and audio.

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24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Is Seeking Screenplays From Around the Globe – Wednesday November 17, 2021

Screenplays from writers around the globe are invited for the 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. The first deadline is December 13, 2021.

While launching the event the organizers of the 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition famously said ”Is your script ready? Are you ready? Is it time to finally let your writing be shown to others?”

Everyone has a story to tell, and your screenplay can win $10,000 and be promoted for a year! The 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition is accepting screenplays and shorts.

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New Magazine Listing: 5-7-5 Haiku Journal – Wednesday November 17, 2021

Publishes Haiku (and related forms such as senryu and scifaiku). Plus, Haiku Sequences, Haibun and Tanka.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Hannah Strouth – Tuesday November 16, 2021

Helps maintain the lists of two agents, while keeping her sights set on growing her own list. She is constantly diving into historical fiction, contemporary rom-coms, and upmarket / literary fiction.

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New Book Publisher Listing: GoldScriptCo – Monday November 15, 2021

Co-founded by two writers as a means to share their own works as well as to support other writers and artists in their creative journeys.

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Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Is Best for You? – Sunday November 14, 2021

For many people, publishing a book is a lifelong dream or career aspiration. Regardless of any inspiration or intention, it’s key for an author to treat publishing a book like a business venture. Like any business venture, one can start it by raising external capital or one can use their own funds. We will dive into the pros and cons of the two main avenues of publishing a book.

There are two primary avenues: self-publishing and traditional publishing. Although they may lead to the same outcome of having a book for sale, self-publishing and traditional publishing are vastly different. The former is when an author assumes complete control over the publishing process and how the book is released to the market. In the latter scenario, a publishing house buys the rights to an author’s work and oversees its release.

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