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Stormzy launches second year of #Merky Books writing prize

eveningexpress.co.uk – Monday September 14, 2020

Stormzy has said he hopes authors who do not have “an outlet or a means to get their work seen” will take inspiration from his publishing imprint as he launched the second year of the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize.

The prize aims to discover unpublished, under-represented writers aged 16-30 from the UK and Ireland and the winner or winners will receive a publishing contract with #Merky Books, an imprint within Penguin Random House UK.

The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges including Stormzy, authors Candice Brathwaite and Emma Dabiri, Man Like Mobeen star and creator Guz Khan and Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Rick Richter

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 10, 2020

Areas of interest include self-help, music and pop culture, military history and memoir, history, thriller, men’s fiction, business, celebrity, sports celebrity and faith. He has deep experience and interest in children’s books.

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New Literary Agency Listing: ASH Literary

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 9, 2020

Actively seeking creators working across picture books through to Young Adult, including graphic novels.

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Sutherland-Hawes leaves Madeleine Milburn to launch own agency

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 8, 2020

Children's and YA agent Alice Sutherland-Hawes has left Madeleine Milburn Agency to launch her own agency, ASH Literary.

The new venture will focus on the children's market, representing both authors and illustrators.

Sutherland-Hawes said the majority of her clients would be following her to the agency, including twice Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted Poonam Mistry, debut authors Kereen Getten and Namina Forna, and illustrator of I Am Brown (Lantana), Sandhya Prabhat.

The agency will be represented for translation rights by ILA.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Michelle Brower

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 8, 2020

Represents fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects.

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How did you get your first job in feature writing?

journalism.co.uk – Monday September 7, 2020

If the thought of job hunting straight out of university seemed daunting before, spare a thought for this year's graduates doing so in the midst of a global pandemic.

But all hope is not lost. Many graduates are still getting their big breaks, and one of those is Nicole Baddeley, who graduated this May from Bournemouth University with a bachelors degree in Multimedia Journalism.

She is now a digital trends and feature writer for Newsquest, the second largest regional and local newspaper publisher in the UK. She writes general and evergreen news stories on trending digital topics for the publisher's local websites in the South of England and Wales.

Baddeley spoke to Journalism.co.uk and offered her best tips to job seekers hoping to crack the current market.

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New Publisher Listing: City Limits Publishing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 7, 2020

A Tennessee-based publishing company that helps authors find voice, develop writing and storytelling abilities, and publish works.

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Why U.K. Publishers Released 600 Books in a Single Day

smithsonianmag.com – Sunday September 6, 2020

Yesterday, book publishers across the United Kingdom raced to release almost 600 books in a single day. Known within the industry as “Super Thursday,” the massive push was planned in response to a growing backlog of titles that were supposed to be released throughout the spring and summer but, like many events this year, were delayed by Covid-19.

Thanks to the pandemic, the majority of book festivals and literary events planned for this spring and summer ended up canceled. Bookstores around the world have also shuttered due to lack of business: This April, reports Alexandra Alter for the New York Times, bookstore sales in the United States dropped more than 65 percent versus April 2019.

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#PitMad Gives Unsigned Authors a Chance to Find a Literary Agent

distractify.com – Friday September 4, 2020

If you're a writer, you know the process of taking your dream of writing a book and making it a reality is not an easy road. While you may have spent countless hours on a manuscript or nonfiction proposal, getting it in the hands of an agent who is the right fit can be one of the hardest parts of the process.

Of course, you can always pitch literary agents the traditional way by sending query letters, though if that's still left your manuscript unsigned, then participating in PitMad might be your next move.

What is PitMad, and how do you submit your manuscript?

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New Publisher Imprint Listing: Charlesbridge Teen

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 3, 2020

Features storytelling that presents new ideas and an evolving world. Our carefully curated stories give voice to unforgettable characters with unique perspectives. We publish books that inspire teens to cheer or sigh, laugh or reflect, reread or share with a friend, and ultimately, pick up another book. Our mission - to make reading irresistible!

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