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What Happens When You Burn Out on Writing?

io9.gizmodo.com – Saturday February 20, 2016

Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning tons of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.

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Novelists, get your pitch on at the International Literature Festival

irishtimes.com – Friday February 19, 2016

Aspiring authors with a book burning a hole in their desk drawer might want to take note of this latest literary event. (This opening sentence is a bit tortured; lose the clichés.)

The International Literature Festival (formerly the Dublin Writers Festival) is hosting a meet-the-agent event, when selected writers will pitch their work to five leading literary agents. (Break this sentence into two. Keep it concise.)

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 19, 2016

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

Publishes fiction, essays, and poetry that examines the relationships between individuals, communities, and the natural world in the American West. Issues are themed: see website for current theme and to submit via online submission system.

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4 Ways Good Editors Improve the Freelance Writing Experience

skyword.com – Thursday February 18, 2016

Hey, you. Yeah, you right there. How many editors do you work with? If you’re freelance writing for a couple of Skyword programs plus creating content for other brands, the answer is probably at least a couple. You don’t have to name names, but you likely enjoy working with some (or even just one) more than others. That’s just human nature.

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Hunger for the new – the engine which powers publishing

thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

If you could time-travel five years back to a typical publishing presentation at a major house, the talk would have been exclusively of brands. ‎What do we seek to publish? Brands. What do we want from agents? Brands. The word delivered with the finality of the Ten Commandments. An unknown author had little chance of competing in that landscape. So went the prevailing theory.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Philosophy; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Sociology; Sport; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Literary

Publishes general and literary fiction, genre fiction, and nonfiction. Submit via online submission system.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 15, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Cookery; Finance; Health; Hobbies; Humour; Lifestyle; Medicine; Self-Help; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults, and children, focussed on family as the fundamental unit of society. Submit by post or using online submission system. See website for full details.

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Yes, You Can Get a Book Deal

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday February 13, 2016

Back in October, I wrote a post about my efforts to write a book, my take on the publishing industry, and my desire to get a book deal. The reaction was fascinating and in some cases, very emotional. First, I learned that there's a tremendous amount of underlying bitterness about the publishing business from unpublished authors. Second, many folks believe self-publishing is the way to go because traditional publishing is broken, and self-published authors can get a better share of the profits. And third, many folks believe it's impossible for an unknown writer to get a deal.

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New Screenwriting Contest Emphasizes the Art of the Rewrite

thewrap.com – Friday February 12, 2016

The Finish Line Script Competition offers development notes as well as prizes and mentorship

An innovative new film and TV script competition that emphasizes the art of the rewrite launched this week courtesy of two Hollywood veterans — a longtime literary manager turned script consultant and a well-known music and film producer Michael Patterson.

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What Agents, Editors & Publishers Look for in a Query Letter

blogher.com – Friday February 12, 2016

During my eight years as an acquiring editor at Seal Press, I saw every kind of query —- from the perfectly executed to those that belonged on a wall of shame.

Writers everywhere want a concrete answer to the question: What makes for a compelling query? But there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer, and getting your query right doesn’t have anything to do with a formula. Instead, it’s about connection.

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