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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday April 1, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Constantly strives to discover, cultivate, and nurture authors working in all genres. Publishes Creative Nonfiction, Short-Story, Novel, and Comic/Visual Narrative manuscripts. (Comic/Visual Narrative manuscripts will not be considered without artwork.) Submit via online submission system.

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Pen Names: Don’t worry, you can deposit the check

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Monday April 1, 2019

One of the topics I see some jawboning about is whether and why to use/not use a pen name (aka a nom de plume). Since the topic seems to fascinate, and many folks before they’ve even written the book seek out a name to write it under, I thought the subject was worth some air time.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday March 28, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Drama; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Positive; Traditional

We are an independent publisher based in Salisbury, South West of England. We specialise in a wide range of quality fiction including Children's, YA and Adult novels. Our commitment to help our authors achieve success extends to both new and previously published authors.

As an independent publisher, we strive to publish only the best quality works. We constantly seek new and original voices, providing exclusive attention to our authors with a bespoke marketing strategy for each piece of work. Our commitment is to give each publication its every chance for success. With our passion for high-quality books, our dedicated team and personalised approach, we believe that we will forge a long lasting relationship with our authors.

Whether you are a first time author, or an existing author looking for a more personalised service, we would love to consider your work for publication. To see our information, guidelines and to submit your work to us, please visit the website.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 27, 2019

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

Publishes zines, ebooks, chapbooks, and other short form creative literature online and in print. Print chapbooks by solicitation only. Ebooks by solicitation or during an announced contest. See website for full details.

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How to Write Poetry About Conflict

theatlantic.com – Monday March 25, 2019

The poet Carolyn Forché has devoted much of her career to writing what she calls the poetry of witness. She coined the term in her introduction to Against Forgetting, a 1993 anthology in which she collected works by 145 “poets who endured conditions of historical and social extremity during the twentieth century.” Forché herself had not endured such conditions, but she had seen them. From 1978 to 1980, she traveled repeatedly to El Salvador, where she bore witness to the violent repression of Salvadoran citizens by that country’s military dictatorship.

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The rise of robot authors: is the writing on the wall for human novelists?

theguardian.com – Monday March 25, 2019

Artificial intelligence can now write fiction and journalism. But does it measure up to George Orwell – and can it report on Brexit?

Will androids write novels about electric sheep? The dream, or nightmare, of totally machine-generated prose seemed to have come one step closer with the recent announcement of an artificial intelligence that could produce, all by itself, plausible news stories or fiction. It was the brainchild of OpenAI – a nonprofit lab backed by Elon Musk and other tech entrepreneurs – which slyly alarmed the literati by announcing that the AI (called GPT2) was too dangerous for them to release into the wild, because it could be employed to create “deepfakes for text”. “Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology,” they said, “we are not releasing the trained model.” Are machine-learning entities going to be the new weapons of information terrorism, or will they just put humble midlist novelists out of business?

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Inside Creative Writing’s Premier Talent Factory

nytimes.com – Sunday March 24, 2019

The remarkable number of notable writers who have studied or taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop includes Flannery O’Connor, Robert Lowell, Dylan Thomas, Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving and Marilynne Robinson. In “A Delicate Aggression,” David O. Dowling, an associate professor at Iowa’s journalism school, tells the “cultural and industrial history” of the workshop through a series of biographical portraits. He captures writers “in their formative years taking their first tentative steps toward professional careers, forming alliances and rivalries among intimidating world-renowned faculty and high-powered peers.” He writes about the program’s blend of mentoring and marketing, its rigor and its wiles. Below, he discusses the workshop’s founder, Irving defending Vonnegut’s honor in a fight, how Ralph Waldo Emerson helped to inspire this book and more.

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The agent, her authors and the legal battles worthy of a bestseller

smh.com.au – Friday March 22, 2019

Selwa Anthony is ensconced on an avocado-green leather sofa, a chihuahua reclining on either side of her. The leading literary agent is small but commanding, a diminutive grande dame with sharp brown eyes and long purple fingernails. As always, she is carefully coiffured and glamorously dressed, as if her next appointment were a cocktail party. But Anthony's mood on this warm afternoon is more defiant than festive. "Everything I've done in my life has been boots and all," she says.

Literary agents are behind-the-scenes people. Their job is to foster writers' careers and secure them good publishing deals: they rarely make news in their own right. Yet Anthony has had a central role in not one but two headline-grabbing court cases in the past year. First, she was in the thick of a battle over the estate of her friend Colleen McCullough, best-known as the author of the blockbuster outback saga The Thorn Birds. Then came the showdown with her former star client, bestselling mystery-romance writer Kate Morton. Anthony, who initiated the legal action against Morton, ended up feeling that her own professional reputation was on trial. In the witness box, she was grilled for hours. "It was terrible, terrible, terrible," she says, as sunlight streams into her harbourside Sydney apartment.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 20, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Crime; Horror; Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes fiction and nonfiction graphic novels. Send query by email or by post with one-page synopsis and at least eight pages of sequential art (up to 5MB if sending by email). See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 19, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Nashville-based independent press that aims to capture and better understand the Southern soul, Southern writing, and the Southern holler. Send submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic novels to the specific email addresses given on the website.

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