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Making $$ Editing Freelance With Your Skills

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

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

Writers can always use “extra” dollars, and these days the “extra” is very much necessary. Okay, we may not know how to do much other than push words here and there, but if we do that well, our abilities, honed over the years, may bring in the hoped-for bucks—freelancing as an editor for other writers. The nice thing about taking on projects this way is that we can sleep late and work at home in our sweats, another important point these days. Some of us do it, so why not you?

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: Ruby Fiction

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

Publishes thrillers, women’s fiction and romances without the hero’s point of view, between 60,000 and 100,000 words, suitable for a female adult audience.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sarah Ballard

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

I have extremely broad taste in fiction and non-fiction, but the underlying quality of the work that I’m interested in is a sense of urgency, and an attempt to make a change in the world, whether that is fiction with a compelling plot or structure overlaying a set of big ideas; memoir-ish non fiction flavoured with obsession and unfolding a hidden agenda; or meticulously researched history which changes our world view. I have a particular interest in feminism and feminist approaches - but exploring ideas or angles which are completely new to me is one of the great joys of my job. I prefer to work with writers who are more-or-less based in the UK, and are aiming to deliver a book every one or two years, and for whom I can add something to every area of their creative lives.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Eli Keren

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2020

I am particularly interested in smart and engaging popular science, as well as literary and commercial fiction. I do not represent authors for children's and YA literature.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jemiscoe Chambers-Black

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2020

Currently building her client list in the middle grade, YA, and adult categories. She is also interested in considering illustrators and author-illustrators.

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New Literary Agent: Chris Bucci

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 20, 2020

Based in the New York Metropolitan area. Represents a broad range of fiction and nonfiction.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Justin Brouckaert

firstwriter.com – Monday October 19, 2020

Interested in character-driven literary fiction, as well as memoir and reportage.

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Hilary Mantel, Lee Child, Elizabeth Day and more novelists reveal their secret writing habits

inews.co.uk – Saturday October 17, 2020

Anthony Horowitz is two chapters away from finishing his latest “whodunnit” murder mystery and something is worrying him. If anything should happen to him before he has finished, how will anyone know whodunnit? This week he revealed that, when a book is in progress, he puts the name of the killer in an envelope to be opened by his wife, Jill Green, just in case.

“I am terrified I will die before I actually manage to [finish a book],” Horowitz said at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. “There will be a car crash or a trip going down stairs or something. This is such a fear for me, such a paranoia that I actually write the solution to my murder mysteries and I put them in an envelope to be opened in the event of my death and stick it in my desk.”

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Top 10 books about creative writing

theguardian.com – Thursday October 15, 2020

The poet Rita Dove was once asked what makes poetry successful. She went on to illuminate three key areas: First, the heart of the writer; the things they wish to say – their politics and overarching sensibilities. Second, their tools: how they work language to organise and position words. And the third, the love a person must have for books: “To read, read, read.”

When I started mapping out How to Write It, I wanted to focus on the aspects of writing development that took in both theoretical and interpersonal aspects. No writer lives in a vacuum, their job is an endless task of paying attention.

How do I get myself an agent? What’s the best way to approach a publisher? Should I self-publish? There is never one way to assuage the concerns of those looking to make a career out of writing. Many labour tirelessly for decades on manuscripts that never make it to print. The UK on average publishes around 185,000 new titles per year, ranking us the third largest publishing market in the world, yet the number of aspiring writers is substantially greater.

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DHH Literary Agency to host virtual pitching day

thebookseller.com – Thursday October 15, 2020

DHH Literary Agency is hosting a virtual event enabling aspiring authors to pitch their work direct to its team.

With the pandemic stopping agents from going on the road as in previous years, the agency is opening up its pitching sessions on 4th December. They will be held via a mutually agreeable online video platform.

Founder David Headley said: “In the past, we have had the most tremendous response to our pitching sessions, and we are counting on this time being no different, despite not being able to meet face-to-face. More than ever, we’re in need of good stories to make us forget about the current state of affairs, so we welcome the chance to have authors send – and perhaps pitch – their work to us.

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