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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 20, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Romance; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; 
Preferred styles: Literary

A not-for-profit online global literary magazine. Our mission is to create a space for writers and artists to share their passion and love for fairy tales as much as we do. We are dedicated to publishing new fairy tales as well as re-told classic fairy tales.

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Writing Graphic Sex Scenes Can Be a Feminist Act

motto.time.com – Tuesday September 19, 2017

Why is there explicit sex in my new book? Because I’m a feminist.

Under A Pole Star, my third book, is a novel about late 19th century arctic explorers that features, alongside ice, ambition and rivalry, more than one sexual relationship. And there’s a lot of detail. My central characters fall in love, and yes, they have a lot of sex. I was nervous about how the passages would be received. One Amazon reviewer has already complained about “copious quantities of copulation.” The specter of the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award, given annually to authors of “poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction,” hovers over us all, tittering. Some judge writing explicitly about sex to be less than literary — or worse, discrediting of female characters. But why should achieving romantic and sexual satisfaction — one of the most difficult challenges we face as humans — be redacted or blurred?

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 19, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Fantasy; Horror; Romance; Sci-Fi
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Contemporary

See website for individual agent interests, contact details, and submission guidelines. Welcomes submissions about LGBTQ themes and diverse characters and by traditionally underrepresented authors. All queries must be sent by email - no snail mail submissions. No screenplays, poetry, short stories, adult nonfiction, or fiction for adults that does not fall into romance or SFF genres.

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Rules of writing from an international best seller

cbsnews.com – Sunday September 17, 2017

Famous spy novelist John le Carré shares his writing tips with 60 Minutes, including how he avoids "fuzzy endings” and why he makes verbs do all the work.

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Dutch publishers from Malmesbury open migration themed poetry competition

wiltsglosstandard.co.uk – Saturday September 16, 2017

A PUBLISHER based in Malmesbury has launched a poetry competition this autumn, asking entrants to discuss the topic of migration.

Bernadette Jansen op de Haar, who moved to the UK from the Netherlands in 1983, founded Holland Park Press in 2009 specialising in giving new English-language authors a chance to be published as well as promoting literature from her homeland.

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The Publisher with All of Speculative Fiction in Its Orbit

publishersweekly.com – Saturday September 16, 2017

In spite of a booming YA market and the high-budget heaven of the television and film adaptation—all of which share a pronounced interest in dragons, Death Stars, and dystopias—the book industry’s science fiction and fantasy market has remained, overall, mostly flat.

But that’s proven far from true for at least one outlier: Orbit Books. The publisher was founded in the U.K. in 1974 but only expanded into the U.S. market 10 years ago. And its publisher, Tim Holman, who oversees both its U.K. and U.S. branches, told Barnes & Noble earlier this year that he is “reasonably confident that we’ll become the biggest science fiction and fantasy imprint in the U.S. within the next 10 years.”

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Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 1)

thebookseller.com – Friday September 15, 2017

Interactive fiction may be too strongly associated with computer gaming and general geekery to interest mainstream publishers. In this two-part article I will be looking at what they can learn from the strong community engagement in the interactive fiction market, and how technologies like artificial intelligence could transform it.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 14, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts; 
Areas include: Drama; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art. Submit up to four pieces of prose up to 3,000 words each, or up to four poems.

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3 Killer Lessons From Stephen King's Insanely Productive Writing Routine

inc.com – Wednesday September 13, 2017

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

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US publishers' audio sales up 29% this year

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

Downloaded audio revenues in the US rose 29% in the first four months of this year by comparison to the same period in 2016, with April in particular surging to a 34% year-on-year rise, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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