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Novel Nineteens Group Offers 2019 Debut Authors Support Around Publishing Their First Novels

forbes.com – Tuesday March 5, 2019

Getting a book deal for their first novel is what many authors dream of, but what happens after that? Who helps guide authors through the many steps between signing a book deal and their publication date? In addition to publishers and literary agents, some authors are banding together to give support, encouragement and awareness to their fellow authors. Debut author Julia Nobel founded the group the Novel Nineteens, featuring close to 200 middle grade and young adult authors whose first titles will be published in 2019. The group hosts Twitter chats on the 19th of each month, promotes each others' releases, and members have helped guide fellow members through the publication process.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 5, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Hobbies; Religious; 
Markets: Adult

Magazine for Christian writers. Includes articles and book and market reviews of interest to writers, and also poetry. See website for full guidelines.

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Competition launched to find new crime writer – and the prize is a two-year book deal

inews.co.uk – Monday March 4, 2019

A competition has been launched in a bid to find the next big crime writer, with the prize of a two year book deal up for grabs.

The Big Issue magazine has joined forced with Avon (part of the HarperCollins publishing house) to promote the venture, and submissions are invited from across the UK.

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If I can write a novel in a day, you can surely write a book in the next six months – Here's how

foxnews.com – Sunday March 3, 2019

You want to write a book, but you can’t find the time to get started? I’m not impressed. I’m going to write an entire novel in one day, sitting in a bookstore.

If I can do that, then you can surely write your book! I’ll share seven keys to getting started, but first let me answer the question I know you’re asking right now: why am I writing a novel in one day in a bookstore?

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Writing the novel you want to see in the world

irishtimes.com – Saturday March 2, 2019

In 2014 Lisa Coen and I put out our first book under the Tramp Press banner. We were young. I was bullish, irritated by the over-productive, under-resourced, gate-keeping male-centric world of publishing we’d experienced as office juniors or unpaid interns.

We wondered: what if we could secure funding from the Arts Council to help us start out on our own, publishing just a few titles a year, focusing on nothing but their extraordinary quality?

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday March 1, 2019

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult; Youth

Represents a range of authors, from journalism and academic non-fiction, to genre fiction and fiction for young adults. No poetry, self-help or lifestyle books, picture books, or romance novels. See website for full guidelines.

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BAM Closing Self-Publishing Unit

publishersweekly.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

In an email sent to its self-publishing clients, Books-A-Million said that effective March 1 it is shutting down its self-publishing unit, BAM! Publish.

The bookstore chain started the service, which was originally called BAM! Publishing DIY and allowed authors to create, edit, and publish their own work, in April 2015. Through BAM! Publish, self-publishers also had the opportunity to sell their books through BAM’s various channels as well as other outlets

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To Prescribe or Not to Prescribe: My Unsolicited Writing Advice

swarthmorephoenix.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

There is no one way to write. End of sentence. Fullstop. The level of self-righteous prescriptivism within the realm of writing frustrates me to no end, and in my experience as a writer, absolutist advice is oftentimes the worst advice of all. In fact, absolutist advice isn’t advice at all, but rather, a command, as if to say, “You have to write in a certain way to let me justify my own beliefs about the proper way to write.” To express my frustration at literary prescriptivists, I compiled this list of the five best and worst tidbits of writing advice that I’ve ever received. (A bit hypocritical? Maybe.) Of course, not every piece of advice will suit every person’s writing, but following the good tips and maintaining a level of skepticism for the bad ones has allowed me, personally, to develop my craft.

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Max Edwards launches new agency Apple Tree Literary

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

Max Edwards has left Mulcahy Associates to form his own agency, Apple Tree Literary, focusing on non-fiction and genre fiction.

Edwards worked previously as assistant at United Agents and Rogers, Coleridge and White alongside agent Natasha Fairweather, before joining Mulcahy Associates at the end of 2017 as an agent.

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Lindsay Literary Agency scholarship for 'under-represented' author returns

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival for a children’s author from an “under-represented” background for the second year running.

Launched last year, any author without an agent from the UK or Ireland can apply if they are LGBTQ+, from a BME background, disabled or from a ethnic, cultural or religious minority. Applicants can be unpublished but must be writing children’s fiction (YA or middle grade).

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