Simon and Schuster Launches Muslim Imprint for Children's Books
publishersweekly.com – Friday February 26, 2016
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Salaam Reads, the first imprint at a major publisher focused on Muslim characters and stories. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for readers of all ages, including picture books, as well as middle grade and YA titles.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Friday February 26, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Markets: Children's; Youth
Publishes fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for children and teenagers. Send query by post only with first 50 pages.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Thursday February 25, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary
Publishes experimental writing and art. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry; reviews up to 600 words; fiction up to 5,000 words; or interviews up to 4,000 words, through online submission system. No submissions by post or email.
This smart typewriter wants to be your distraction-free writing tool
gadgette.com – Wednesday February 24, 2016
It’s happened to all of us, I’m sure; you sit down to write with the best intentions in the world, you are ready to GO! Right after you check Twitter. Then Instagram. Then that link your friend sent you. And before you know it you’re 12 links deep into Wikipedia reading about the fall of the Babylonian Empire because you always did wonder. It’s one of the pitfalls of using an internet-connected tool for writing. The internet doesn’t care that you have a deadline, and somewhere after the sixth cat compilation you stopped caring too.
'We need small presses': author launches new award to support fiction from small publishers
theguardian.com – Monday February 22, 2016
The award-winning novelist Neil Griffiths is launching a new literary prize celebrating the “small presses producing brilliant and brave literary fiction” in the UK and Ireland – and is preparing to “guilt trip” some of the country’s bestselling writers into supporting it.
Sylvester Stallone's sneaky good writing advice
chicagonow.com – Monday February 22, 2016
I believe everyone has, at least, one story in their head that is begging to be put down on paper. Could be a novel, screenplay, non-fiction, memoir, a book of poems, doesn’t matter. We tell stories all the time, over dinner, over the phone, a good ol Facebook rant but when it comes time to open up a blank Word document, take a deep breath, something changes. The story ends at Once upon a time...
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Monday February 22, 2016
Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Humour;
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes comics for thinking readers. Previous work has covered autobiographical journalism, surrealism, arts, culture, etc. No mainstream comic genres or material aimed at children. Submit by post only. No response unless interested. See website for full guidelines.
The Self-Publishers Guide to Marketing Author Blogs
publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 20, 2016
It’s great to see authors start blogs to help them build robust author platforms. Authors can write articles, create attractive sites, and post all their book and publicity information in one place. But too often this strategy just doesn’t work, because if you want people to visit your blog, you’re going to have to market your blog.
What Happens When You Burn Out on Writing?
io9.gizmodo.com – Saturday February 20, 2016
Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning tons of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.
Novelists, get your pitch on at the International Literature Festival
irishtimes.com – Friday February 19, 2016
Aspiring authors with a book burning a hole in their desk drawer might want to take note of this latest literary event. (This opening sentence is a bit tortured; lose the clichés.)
The International Literature Festival (formerly the Dublin Writers Festival) is hosting a meet-the-agent event, when selected writers will pitch their work to five leading literary agents. (Break this sentence into two. Keep it concise.)