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Putting the Self in Self-Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Sunday July 11, 2021

Have you ever written a character based on your life or experiences? Like most writers, even when I’m writing characters who are no-thing like me, I will still borrow places I’ve been, feelings I’ve had, or things I’ve experienced to build out my characters. But, though I routinely draw from my experience as I write novels and short stories, this doesn’t mean that these stories fully mirror my life or are accurate representations of me.

Autofiction
Can you write a character who is like you but has completely different experiences? You can! Autofiction plays with the idea of truth, which, for an author, can be creatively liberating. In autofiction, significant details, plots, and characters are mod-ified to fit the story and don’t necessarily indicate what actually happened.

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New Magazine Listing: Buttered Toast

firstwriter.com – Friday July 9, 2021

Annual journal publishing work by and for young people up to 18 years old.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Nicki Richesin

firstwriter.com – Friday July 9, 2021

Represents literary and upmarket fiction, and young adult fiction. She also focuses on nonfiction including investigative journalism, pop culture (especially film/TV and music), biography, cooking, and memoir that makes an impact and becomes part of a larger cultural conversation. She is particularly interested in discovering underrepresented voices from around the world exploring identity, feminism, and social diversity.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Clare Coombes

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 8, 2021

Would love to see historical fiction, crime fiction, psychological thrillers and women’s fiction, but as a new agent, she is open to all great writing with a strong hook in any area (excluding non-fiction, children’s and YA).

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Literary Cleveland's 2021 Inkubator Writing Conference features nationally recognized writers, interactive workshops

news5cleveland.com – Wednesday July 7, 2021

CLEVELAND — Literary Cleveland’s annual Inkubator Writing Conference is back this summer with more than 30 free events for writers and readers.

The virtual conference taking place from July 11 through July 25 will offer a wide range of interactive classes, craft talks, open mics and panel discussions.

Attendees will hear from nationally recognized writers including Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thrity Umrigar, along with a panel of New Yorker writers originally from Cleveland: Andy Borowitz, Mary Norris and Kathryn Schulz.

An all-star lineup of local authors will lead panels on writing in prisons, solutions journalism, ethical representation in literature, how storytelling can affect social change and writing about illness beyond the pandemic.

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Four Crucial Steps To Successfully Publishing Your Book

forbes.com – Tuesday July 6, 2021

In my most recent Forbes Coaches Council article, "Boost Your Brand: Write a Book," I outlined the methodology, purpose and value in writing a nonfiction how-to book based on one’s personal experiences and learnings and the initial steps to consider before embarking on this journey.

Writing your book is all very well, as you are the expert in your area. You have had the journey and you know what needs to be shared and what will be of interest for the reader. However, now that you have the bones of your "story" mapped out and are on track to completing what you believe is a valid, interesting and well-thought-out manuscript, where to from here?

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New Literary Agency Listing: The Liverpool Literary Agency

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 6, 2021

Literary agency based in Liverpool, focusing on helping writers from Northern England break into the publishing industry.

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New Publisher Listing: Tiger Claw Publishing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 6, 2021

We work with our writers every step of the way on their literary journey, helping to bring out the most from their work. From an idea and rough draft, to editing and publication, we help our authors produce high quality, interesting and entertaining books.

We believe that every author has a story to tell, and that every story deserves to be told.

We may not have many authors at the moment, but we will work just as hard for one as we do for many and we are always growing.

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How to build worlds in sci-fi and speculative fiction: A beginner’s class with Sally Gales

theguardian.com – Friday July 2, 2021

When you read a fantasy or sci-fi novel, you might have wondered what lends itself to the authenticity of the story. Is it the intricately detailed setting that is not merely a backdrop to the characters’ action, but is itself a central character? Could it be the ensemble of characters with unique backstories that add weight to the plot?

As an aspiring writer of sci-fi and speculative fiction, one of the most valuable skills you can sharpen is your ability to craft worlds that are believable, authentic and weighty. Far from being a simple landscape, your world needs to envelope character and reader alike, to help and hinder their journey to the triumphant - or bitter - end.

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Children’s Book Imprint Heartdrum Focuses On Contemporary Native Stories

forbes.com – Monday June 28, 2021

HarperCollins Children’s Books and HarperTeen Native-focused imprint Heartdrum launched in January 2021 to “offer a wide range of innovative, unexpected, and heartfelt stories by Native creators, informed and inspired by lived experience, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes.” Children’s book author Cynthia Leitich Smith is the imprint’s author-curator, and editor of one of Heartdrum’s first titles, Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, released in February, as well as author of Sisters of the Neversea, released in June, both aimed at ages eight through twelve. Heartdrum has published nine titles to date, including repackagings of three of Smith’s novels: Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Jingle Dancer, and Indian Song.

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