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Roger McGough: Publishers should 'take a chance on poetry'

bbc.co.uk – Thursday October 8, 2015

Roger McGough has called on publishers to "take a chance" on poetry aimed at children, as National Poetry Day celebrates its 21st birthday.

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How Super Thursday helped publishers turn over a new leaf

theguardian.com – Thursday October 8, 2015

The editor of the Bookseller charts how publicist's lament over one day's glut of titles has become a PR triumph for the industry.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 8, 2015

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult

Accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words. No simultaneous submissions. Maximum one submission per quarter.

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How Twitter’s 140-Character Limit Made Me a Better Writer

lifehacker.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

Twitter is planning to extend its typical 140-character limit, and a lot of people are welcoming the change. But as annoying as the 140-character limit can be, I've found that it actually helped me practice a few principles for better writing.

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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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