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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday August 30, 2019

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

Publishes literary fiction and nonfiction, including translations. Accepts submissions from anyone who identifies as Australian, particularly those who "identify as queer and/or trans and/or intersex and/or are of any colour, religion, or gender, and/or have a disability" [sic]. Submit via online submission system.

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Publisher E-Book Revenue Decreased In First Half Of 2019

ellenduffer – Thursday August 29, 2019

A familiar story is told by recent statistics released by the Association of American Publishers: e-book revenues continue to decrease for many in the industry.

According to AAP's publisher revenue report, based on 1,360 participating publishers' figures, e-book revenues decreased in the first six months of calendar 2019 by 3.8% over the same period in 2018. E-books were one of only two format categories that saw revenue decreases in this period (the other category being physical audio).

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Changing Agents Gracefully

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 29, 2019

I’m leaving Dork Associates, Mr. Dork. But it’s nothing personal.

Most agents are, in reality, pretty nice people. Your own current agent might be witty and charming—but you don’t have an agent for entertainment sake. You want someone to represent you who is both connected and knowledgeable. 

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 29, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Criticism; Fantasy; Literature; Philosophy; Science; Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

A quarterly digital literary and art journal dedicated to speculative fiction, art and literary criticism. Send submissions by email.

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New Literary Agent Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 29, 2019

Nonfiction > Books
Biography; History; Medicine; Philosophy; Politics; Science

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 28, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Historical; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Independent publisher of literary fiction. Values art over entertainment. Send submission through online submission system. $10 submission fee.

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New Literary Agent Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 28, 2019

ADULT > Fiction > Novels

  • Mystery; Romance; Thrillers; Women's Fiction

CHILDREN'S

  • Fiction > Picture Books
  • Nonfiction > Picture Books

YOUNG ADULT

  • ​Fiction > Novels
  • Nonfiction > Books

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Want to Learn How to ‘Nail the Jelly of Reality to the Wall’?

nytimes.com – Tuesday August 27, 2019

A well-formed sentence, Joe Moran writes in his humane and witty guide to meaning-making, “is a cure, however fleeting, for human loneliness.” We all write more sentences now than ever, but how hard do we think about the shape of these etheric objects? A good sentence is a considerate gift; or maybe it’s an easeful, mapless walk with your reader, through a new city — but it might also be a high-wire act (audience agog for disaster). Moran’s book contains many such metaphors for the sentence, and at least one for figurative language itself: “Metaphor is how we nail the jelly of reality to the wall.” Is the sentence a transaction, or is it an artifact? Polished performance or open invitation? “First You Write a Sentence” is a “muted love letter” to the form, arguing in its genially opinionated way for sentences that make our lives more democratic and more pleasurable.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 27, 2019

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

Publishes poetry and prose, in English and Spanish, by writers from Canada, the US, and Mexico. Publishes poems and poem sequences, creative nonfiction, fiction, memoir, flash fiction, essays and vignettes. Also eager to publish longer work. Send submissions by email.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 : How To Be A Writer For Life

theedinburghreporter.co.uk – Monday August 26, 2019

Lauren James is only 27 but she’s already a highly successful author. Her books include The Quiet at the End of the World, The Starlight Watchmakers and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She sold the rights to her debut novel The Next Together while she was still at university – and where she studied not English but Chemistry and Physics.

David Almond’s writing career took a little longer to get off the ground – his breakthrough novel Skellig was published in 1998, when he was 47 years-old, though he’d had some success with short stories before that. Skellig won both the Carnegie Medal and the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, and since then Almond has been unstoppable, writing many more novels, plays, picture books, graphic novels – even opera librettos and songs – over the past 20 years.

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