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Steven Pinker: 'Many of the alleged rules of writing are actually superstitions'

theguardian.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

People often ask me why I followed my 2011 book on the history of violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, with a writing style manual. I like to say that after having written 800 pages on torture, rape, world war, and genocide, it was time to take on some really controversial topics like fused participles, dangling modifiers, and the serial comma.

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Inside Traditional Publishing: "Divorcing" Your Agent – When It's Time to Say Goodbye

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

For many authors, the thought of voluntarily ending their relationship with their literary agent can be heartbreaking – especially if their agent search was long and difficult, or if they genuinely like their agent. But like a marriage, sometimes what initially looked like an ideal pairing turns out otherwise.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 5, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Adventure; Anthropology; Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Drama; Entertainment; Fantasy; Film; Finance; Health; Historical; Horror; Humour; Legal; Leisure; Lifestyle; Literature; Media; Mystery; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Sci-Fi; Sociology; Sport; Suspense; Technology; Theatre; Thrillers; Translations; Travel; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Progressive; Satirical; Serious; Traditional

Welcomes new material. This publisher welcomes unsolicited MSS. Both queries and submissions by email are accepted.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 5, 2015

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; Scripts;
Areas: Crime;
Markets: Academic; Adult; Professional;
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

A strictly literary focused agency for writers, producers, and directors.

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Keep Poems Alive

firstwriter.com – Monday October 5, 2015

The Keep Poems Alive website is looking for poems you had published at least three years ago, which you think readers would like to see again and remember, to be re-published online.

Submit poems by email to SallyEvans35 at gmail dot com, stating where they were first published, and any other acknowledgements. You are responsible for permissions from published books.

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Is self-publishing the new black?

newsok.com – Sunday October 4, 2015

As an author, Jordan Dane, a former energy sales manager in Oklahoma, has had experience with publishing houses as well as self-publishing. She compares the benefits of self-publishing to what a traditional publisher might offer.

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How a Digital Publisher Fell Back in Love With Print Books

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 4, 2015

I've fallen in love with printed books. Again. Especially those for children.

Twenty years into my book publishing career—which included marketing for trade book publishers and founding a children's imprint—I had the opportunity to go digital, move into the future, hang out with the cool guys, play games, do the bicoastal thing, and grow a ponytail.

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5 Truths to Contemplate Before You Start Writing Your Book

entrepreneur.com – Saturday October 3, 2015

"Writing a book is easy and will impress most of the people you meet."

After reading that in an article lately I gave a moment's thought to retiring my laptop and getting a job at the local bookstore.

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Profile promotes Westland to editorial deputy

thebookseller.com – Saturday October 3, 2015

Profile Books has promoted Hannah Westland to the position of Andrew Franklin's editorial deputy.

Westland has been the publisher at Serpent's Tail since 2012, and before that was an agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her authors at Serpent's Tail include Zoe Pilger, Sarah Perry, and Jami Attenberg.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 2, 2015

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Arts; Culture; Legal; Nature; Politics; Short Stories; Sociology; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult

Publishes articles focussing on politics, social commentary, popular culture, law, education, art and the environment, through a feminist lens. Also publishes original fiction and poetry, but publishes these infrequently. See website for full submission guidelines.

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