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Forest Forge Theatre Company launch The Postal Project

salisburyjournal.co.uk – Monday May 24, 2021

A FREE creative writing project for over 65s is being launched by Forest Forge Theatre Company in Ringwood.

The Postal Project has been made possible thanks to funding from Hampshire County Council’s Local Solutions Fund.

Starting this month and running for six months, the theatre company will send a free pack each month to those signed up with all the materials they need to start writing.

The packs will be inspired by the 40-year-old theatre’s large working archive of props and costumes.

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Bloomsbury partners with Get into Publishing to attract regional talent

thebookseller.com – Friday May 21, 2021

Bloomsbury is partnering with Get into Publishing to fund training courses aimed at attracting workers based outside London. 

Get into Publishing focuses on rolling out affordable and accessible training to support newcomers looking to work in the publishing industry.

The partnership will sponsor a select number of course places. The criteria for the Bloomsbury-funded positions will consider the applicants’ location in order to attract a more diverse range of talent to the publishing industry from outside London and the South East.

According to the Publishers Association diversity survey of the publishing workforce in 2020, the majority are from the south of England, with 75% of respondents living in South East England or London. Just 2% of respondents were from all other nations in the UK or regions north of London. As a result, Bloomsbury has specified criteria to widen the regional profile of the current workforce to attract workers that may not have considered work opportunities in the capital previously.

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Registration opens for Coast Writers’ Conference

advocate-news.com – Friday May 21, 2021

The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference has posted the program for MCWC 2021, its 32nd year, which — like last year’s event — will be held online via Zoom from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7.

This year’s conference faculty will include keynote speaker Wendy C. Ortiz, workshop leaders Lillian Li, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Saretta Morgan, Chris Dennis, Alex Sanchez, Suzanne Rivecca, Krys Malcolm Belc, and Sam Krowchenko and literary agents Elise Capron and Tricia Skinner, along with other special guests, writers and publishing experts.

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: CF4K

firstwriter.com – Friday May 21, 2021

Books for children, including Sunday school and Home school titles.

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New Literary Agent Listing: T.S. Ferguson

firstwriter.com – Friday May 21, 2021

Looking for young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres that combines high-concept, hooky stories with writing and voice that feel standout. An addicting, page-turning quality is always a plus! He has a special place in his heart for dark and edgy stories (including but not limited to horror), fairy tales, mythology, action-adventure, LGBTQ stories, graphic novels, and stories by and about under-represented voices. He is not the best fit for sports-centric stories, high sci-fi, or non-fiction.

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New Book Publisher Listing: Partisan Press

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 20, 2021

Not for profit publisher of working class poetry. Aims to create an awareness of and involvement in working class culture as well as to promote a progressive vision that will move our class and our society forward toward a more just and peaceful future.

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A New Force in Fiction: The Novelry.

digitaljournal.com – Tuesday May 18, 2021

Last year, there was a boom in books with sales up by 8.2% in the USA, propelling the publishing industry to $25 bn. Sales of fiction in the UK were up a whopping 25% last year, defying predictions. While J.K. Rowling remains the top-earning author worldwide, there’s room for more at the table in the bookshop!

Home alone, many aspiring authors have been tucking into online creative writing courses, and novelists have found a home at the worldwide writing school The Novelry. Founded by Booker-listed author Louise Dean, the school takes a radically different approach to teaching fiction writing. It all starts with story. According to The Novelry, page-turners don’t happen by accident; they’re constructed. So a writer’s year at The Novelry begins with pairing the author’s desires, interests and experiences to the all-time bestselling books. Borrowing a phrase from T.S. Eliot, if you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper. Every writer gets a co-pilot with a bestselling author at their side for the big write, and recent guest tutors have included Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) and David Nicholls (One Day.)

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Don’t Self-Publish A Book Before Answering These Crucial Questions

forbes.com – Monday May 17, 2021

While it might be true that self-publishing a book is now easier than ever, it could also be said that self-publishing a successful book might be more difficult than ever.

In 2018 alone, more than 1.67 million books were self-published, so the competition is fierce. It’s not enough to self-publish your book on Amazon and expect readers to find it among millions of other books. As a best-selling author myself, I believe there are many questions you should ask yourself before self-publishing a book, but here are the most crucial questions:

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New Literary Agent Listing: Alexandra Weiss

firstwriter.com – Monday May 17, 2021

Represents fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and select adult nonfiction.

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How women conquered the world of fiction

theguardian.com – Sunday May 16, 2021

From Sally Rooney to Raven Leilani, female novelists have captured the literary zeitgeist, with more buzz, prizes and bestsellers than men. But is this cultural shift something to celebrate or rectify?

In March, Vintage, one of the UK’s largest literary fiction divisions, announced the five debut novelists it would be championing this year: Megan Nolan, Pip Williams, Ailsa McFarlane, Jo Hamya and Vera Kurian.

All five of them are women. But you could be forgiven for not noticing it, so commonplace are female-dominated lists in 2021. Over the past 12 months, almost all of the buzz in fiction has been around young women: Patricia LockwoodYaa GyasiRaven LeilaniAvni DoshiLauren Oyler. Ask a novelist of any gender who they are reading and they will almost certainly mention one of Rachel CuskOttessa MoshfeghRachel KushnerGwendoline RileyMonique Roffey or Maria Stepanova. Or they will be finding new resonances in Anita BrooknerZora Neale HurstonNatalia Ginzburg, Octavia ButlerIvy Compton-Burnett. The energy, as anyone in the publishing world will tell you, is with women.

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