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New Magazine Listing: CharlottesvilleFamily

firstwriter.com – Monday October 4, 2021

An award-winning quarterly magazine dedicated to serving families in Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle area with engaging feature stories on parenting, education, health and recreation as well as useful resources designed to help “Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun.”

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Where Have All the Midsize Book Publishers Gone?

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 3, 2021

When Hachette Book Group acquired Workman Publishing, HBG CEO Michael Pietsch observed that Workman was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, remaining independent trade publishers left in the U.S. Based on available data, a case could indeed be made that Workman was the largest of its kind. Which has raised a question in publishing circles: why are there so few independent publishers of size? There is a dearth of what can be called midsize publishers that fall between the Big Five and the many independent publishers with sales of $20 million or less.

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt trade division, with 2020 sales of $192 million, was what could have been considered a mini-major before it was acquired by HarperCollins. The Scholastic trade group, with sales of $355 million in the fiscal year ended May 31, is a major player in the children’s trade market, but as part of a $1.3 billion publisher, it is clearly not independent. Other trade publishers that could be considered midsize that are also part of larger companies are Disney’s publishing division and Abrams, which is owned by the French company La Martinière Groupe, which was itself acquired by Media Participations.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Olivia Maidment

firstwriter.com – Friday October 1, 2021

Actively looking for accessible literary and literary fiction; book club, upmarket commercial, multi-generational sagas; social and political themes; historical fiction; international settings; speculative fiction; coming of age; high concept stories; new approaches to classic genres.

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Maidment steps up to agent at Madeleine Milburn

thebookseller.com – Thursday September 30, 2021

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency has promoted Olivia Maidment to literary agent to build its literary fiction list. 

Formerly associate agent, Maidment will be working alongside founder, director and agent Madeleine Milburn, m.d. Giles Milburn as well as agents Hayley Steed and Hannah Todd in the adult fiction department.  

After graduating with a degree in English literature and classical civilisation from the University of Birmingham, Maidment’s first experience of publishing was with an internship at the agency. She then went on to roles at the Blair Partnership and United Agents before re-joining Madeleine Milburn as associate agent in 2020, working closely with Milburn across her roster of authors whilst also building her own list.  

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New Literary Agent Listing: Dani Segelbaum

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 30, 2021

Interested in both fiction and non-fiction. Is seeking non-fiction titles with an emphasis on politics, women’s issues, popular culture, and current events. Also loves memoir, narrative non-fiction, lifestyle, and cookbooks. In fiction, she is looking for literary and upmarket adult fiction including debut, historical, rom-coms, mysteries, and women’s fiction. In both fiction and non-fiction, she hopes to work with authors from diverse backgrounds to tell stories that are important to them. She loves compelling narrators and is drawn to writing that is voice-driven, highly transporting, and features unique perspectives and marginalized voices.

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Byrd Leavell Discusses Key Strategies for Finding the Right Literary Agent

digitaljournal.com – Tuesday September 28, 2021

With more than fifteen years in the publishing sphere, seasoned agent and head of publishing at United Talent Agency Byrd Leavell is keenly aware of what it takes to find the right literary agent for your next book.

An agent’s growing list of submissions means they’re facing a mounting workload on a strict deadline. If you want an agent to consider your book, grabbing their attention immediately is an absolute must. Within the first polished 50 to 100 pages, define and demonstrate a compelling development in your plot that is centered around the inciting incident.

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New Magazine Listing: mg Magazine

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 28, 2021

The resource professionals in the legal cannabis industry turn to for insight and intel to help them increase revenues and scale their businesses. Each glossy monthly issue is filled with high-concept copy and photographs covering topics including retail design and merchandising; advertising; branding and marketing; law, regulations, and politics; human resources; products, technology, and finance. Issues typically include two features (3,000 words each), an executive profile (3,000 words), a business profile (1,500 words), a finance column, and a retail design feature, all of which are freelance-written. The associated websites provide freelance-written news, business tips, how-tos, data analysis, business profiles, and other material.

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Price swaps Trapeze for DK

thebookseller.com – Monday September 27, 2021

DK has appointed Marleigh Price in the new role of acquisitions editor, responsible for narrative non-fiction in the publisher's Life division.

She will start on 11th October and report to Katie Cowan, publishing director for Life. 

Price was previously at Trapeze, where she has been since Orion first launched the imprint in 2016. She has a strong reputation for building a diverse, robust and inspirational list, having acquired and published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, including Redhanded by Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire, and Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Her  list at Trapeze also focused on amplifying voices and topics that have historically been underserved by the publishing industry, with titles including Mixed/Other by journalist Natalie Morris, White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad and The Way We Survive by Catriona Morton.

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New Publisher Listing: Brave Books

firstwriter.com – Monday September 27, 2021

Publishes conservative children's books set in a single world with its own map and set of characters. Partners with conservative figures to create stories that take place in this world, and teaches children either a topical or foundational conservative lesson.

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Ten Things Nobody Tells You About the Publishing Industry

publishersweekly.com – Sunday September 26, 2021

There’s more to authoring than conquering the blank page. Dozens of unique quirks of industry factor into the experience of a creative. If you’re an aspiring writer with traditional publishing in mind, pay attention. Here’s what to expect from author life:

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