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Scholastic seeks Editor/Senior Editor Nonfiction

publishersweekly.com – Saturday December 19, 2015

Scholastic seeks an experienced Editor/Senior Editor with solid project management skills with the ability to work well within a high-volume product development group. The Senior Editor/Project Manager will take on a variety of nonfiction book and book plus projects (e.g., science kits). Fun, fast-paced environment with a huge range of products developed in a variety of ways (packagers, in-house manufacturing, purchased from other publishers). This is a highly creative position that requires excellent communication skills, organization and staff management experience. 

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Winners and losers: publishers pick the 2015 books they loved, missed and envied

theguardian.com – Friday December 18, 2015

Which books did well, which were left on the shelves, and which made editors green with envy?

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday December 18, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Nature; Romance; Sci-Fi; Thrillers; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes fiction for children. Send query by email with CV, sample chapters, and list of any previous writing credits in the body of the email.

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Children’s Publishers Choose Their Favorite Reads of 2015

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday December 16, 2015

We asked staffers at children’s publishing houses to tell us about their favorite children’s book they read this year (new or backlist), and how they discovered it. Our only proviso: it couldn’t be a book that their company had published. See their responses, and happy reading!

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 16, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Dark

Publishes comics and prose books in the genres of horror, dark fantasy, and other genres tangential to or overlapping those. Targets adult and young adult markets. Send query by post with CV, synopsis, and up to three sample chapters (up to about 10,000 words). See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 16, 2015

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas: Arts; Autobiography; Beauty and Fashion; Biography; Cookery; Culture; Health; Historical; Music; Politics; Science; Spiritual; Sport; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Treatments: Commercial; Literary; Popular

Always on the lookout for commercial and literary fiction, but specialises in nonfiction. See website for list of agent interests and address submission by email to specific agent.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 15, 2015

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

Submit up to 5 poems; fiction up to 5,000 words; or essays up to 3,000 words, via online submission system.

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Literati cities: just the spot for networking, less so for writing a great novel

theguardian.com – Monday December 14, 2015

What happens when all the culture capital is concentrated in one place? Take Brooklyn, which the New York Observer called “a zone of infestation, not only of novelists but reporters, pundits, poets, and those often closeted scribblers who call themselves editors and agents”.

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What Jules Feiffer taught me about writing for kids

boingboing.net – Saturday December 12, 2015

25 years into creating my comic strip “Tom the Dancing Bug,” I’ve just embarked on another venture: writing books for kids. My series of books, The EMU Club Adventures, began in April with Alien Invasion in My Backyard, and the second installment, Ghostly Thief of Time, was released last month.

Now, “Tom the Dancing Bug” is certainly not for kids, but writing for kids was something I’ve always wanted to do. I love kids’ literature and culture, and I love kids; if I’m at a gathering of friends and family, you’ll probably find me laughing it up with the kids.

But as I started this new task, I was kind of worried about whether I could write for an audience that wasn’t me. My comic strip is pretty much what I would want to read – would consciously writing for another audience render the work stilted, off-target, or even pandering?

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Self-Publishing Stars of 2015

publishersweekly.com – Saturday December 12, 2015

In BookLife and Publishers Weekly’s second annual starred reviews roundup, we celebrate the best of the best: the self-published books that received starred reviews in 2015. And we check in with some of the authors of these titles, asking them for writing advice and self-publishing tips for aspiring writers.

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