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Frankfurt Book Fair Considers an Early Start for Agents

publishersweekly.com – Thursday December 10, 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair officials this week confirmed that talks are underway to possibly open rights dealing at the fair a day earlier in 2016.

Although no final decision has been reached, Frankfurt LitAg director Riky Stock told PW that more than 50 agencies have now added their names to a preliminary list of agencies interested in scheduling meetings in the Frankfurt Book Fair Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) on the Tuesday before the fair’s official Wednesday opening. Stock said the list will help determine if there is enough interest to make a Tuesday LitAg opening feasible for next year. The 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair is scheduled for October 19-23.

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A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

entrepreneur.com – Thursday December 10, 2015

It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just my bucket list.

But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the very thought of writing a book generally feels like a monumental task, probably something akin to launching a rocket into orbit.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 10, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Crime; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Thrillers; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Dark

Publishes hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults. Send query with first three chapters using online submission form.

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Portico prize winner Benjamin Myers: 'Why bother chasing the big publishers?'

theguardian.com – Wednesday December 9, 2015

After being turned down by ‘every major publisher in London’ for his Portico winning novel Beastings, the author says landing the £10,000 prize ‘felt like a vindication’.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 9, 2015

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

Publishes poetry and fiction. Submit one story up to 5,000 words or up to five poems by post only with SASE. No submissions by email. Reading period runs from September 1 to December 1 annually.

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Should Writing Be an Art or a Career?

newrepublic.com – Tuesday December 8, 2015

There’s a very funny photograph taken by Brassaï of Pablo Picasso posing in his Paris studio. Picasso had acquired a giant oil painting of a nude woman from an antique shop, and he strikes an affected pose before it, his brush poised and his little finger extended, as though he’s preparing to make the finishing touch on a masterwork. The actor Jean Marais is stretched out on the floor beside him, pretending to serve as the model despite being fully dressed. The target of the joke is clear: Picasso was ridiculing the pretensions and conventions of the professional painter. “I am not a professional artist,” Brassaï recounts him repeating, “as if he were claiming innocence of a slander.”

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What Acclaimed Authors Love About Writing

huffingtonpost.com – Monday December 7, 2015

Over the years, I've had the incredibly good fortune of interviewing many of the most widely-read novelists on the planet. I often (but not always) ask certain questions of each author. One of my favorites is: What do you love about the writing life?

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Rude rejection letters could cost you the next JK Rowling or George Orwell, publishers warned

independent.co.uk – Monday December 7, 2015

JK Rowling was advised not to quit her day job, George Orwell was informed there was “no market” for animal stories and Rudyard Kipling was told he clearly did not understand the English language.

There are countless such tales of writerly brilliance being turned away with a snooty dismissal. But in an age when it is increasingly easy to self-publish, whether  online or in print, one publishing house has warned others to think again before sending rude rejection letters, for the sake of future profits.

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The idea that rude publishers force future literary stars to self-publish sounds like codswallop

independent.co.uk – Monday December 7, 2015

There were some house rules: no film scripts, plays or poetry. Want to publish a children’s book? Not with us you don’t. A book on self-help? Give us a break.

For an arrogant almost graduate with an inflated sense of literary worth, it seemed the perfect job. Read the stuff the great unwashed think is a future bestseller then, with nary a thought for the pain it would cause, tell them what utter drivel it was and why, even if they were the last words on earth, you still wouldn’t read them.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday December 7, 2015

Publishes: Poetry; 
Areas include: Romance; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Poetry magazine publishing Romantic and Epic poetry in rhyming form. Also runs annual poetry award and live poetry events.

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