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Five Rules for Writers – Saturday January 13, 2018

As a professional writer, I’m always trying to improve. I’ve studied the work of the top writers. I’ve debated great opening sentences with colleagues. I’ve thought long and hard about things like serial commas, concluding that they are good and necessary (don’t @ me).

These days, I’m not only a professional writer, but also a teacher of writing: I run the journalism program at Hillsdale College. The best way to learn how to write is to write, because experience offers the soundest instruction. Yet my students and I also consult sources such as The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, whose best advice has become a famous dictum: “Omit needless words.”

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Q&A: Kelvin Kong on launching K2 Literary agency – Friday January 12, 2018

After more than a decade working in various aspects of publishing, from managing print production to editorial to selling rights at Kids Can Press, Kelvin Kong has launched his own literary agency. K2 Literary represents a small list of authors including Matt Cahill, Andrew Wilmot, and Teri Vlassapoulos.

Q&Q asked Kong – who recently left his post as agent and rights manager at the Rights Factory, and who continues to teach literary rights management for Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program – about his new endeavour.

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Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016 – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Europe's major markets - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy - all experienced growth in turnover in 2016, according to a Federation of European Publishers' (FEP) report. However, the dive in the British pound following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 resulted in flat total annual sales revenue for publishers in the EU and EEA in comparison to 2015, due to strong exchange rate effects.

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NYC author Neil Olson on what it’s like to work in publishing today – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Neil Olson is a mainstay in the New York City book scene.

The Massachusetts native started out as an assistant to esteemed literary agents Candida Donadio and Eric Ashworth in 1987, fresh out of Maine’s Bowdoin College with a degree in art history and English. That firm would be the only one he’d work at to this day; in 1996, Olson became a partner at what’s now Donadio & Olson.

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New Publisher Listing – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Humour; Mystery; Religious; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Mainstream

Accepts most genres of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, including nonfiction, mystery, romance, mainstream, western, Christian, and science-fiction, as well as children's books, middle grade and young adult novels. No poetry or graphic sex or violence. Language should not be overly profane or vulgar. Accepts submissions by email from the US, UK, and Australia. Not accepting children's books as at January 2018. See website for current status and full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing – Tuesday January 9, 2018

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

Publishes work that engages in some way with spirituality or the sacred. Submit up to five poems (of any length) and / or prose pieces of up to 2,000 words. Simultaneous submissions if notification of acceptance elsewhere is provided. No previously published work. Send submissions by email with author bio of around 50 words. See website for full guidelines.

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Bloodhound Books on surviving and thriving as an indie publisher – Monday January 8, 2018

Indie crime fiction house, Bloodhound Books, is killing it right
now – and to such a degree that its doors have had to be temporarily shut for submissions.

"Our schedule is full up; we're set to release seven or eight books a month until June," says Betsy Reavley, who co-founded the company with her husband, Fred Freeman.

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How Scotland's most successful young publishers are shaking up literary world from their spare room and finding famous fans along the way – Monday January 8, 2018

PUBLISHERS. Gouty old guys in tweed jackets, right?


The days of well-connected chaps who go for long lunches then fall asleep behind the slush pile are over for good.

Scotland’s most successful new publishers are young women with tattoos and Twitter accounts.

Heather McDaid and Laura Jones, the livewires behind 404 Ink, produced the biggest-selling title at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from Heather’s spare room.

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New Magazine Listing – Monday January 8, 2018

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

Publishes fiction of 1,000 words or more; visual / experimental / written poetry of 120 words or more; and nonfiction / essays / manifestos of 1,000 words or more. Submit online through website.

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A Fine Bromance: On Writing About Friendship – Friday January 5, 2018

Over the course of the six novels I’ve published, my characters have fallen in love and had their hearts broken more times than I can count. There’s a reason why readers and writers relish a good love story: when we read an ecstatic description of a heart tumbling into deranged wonder, we think: yes. An intoxicating bell of recognition (or perhaps hope) chimes deep within us. And yet, as fascinating as we may find affairs of the heart, I’m starting to feel the limitations of writing about romance.

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