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Authors accuse publisher of exploiting writers by banning literary agents

dailydot.com – Thursday November 23, 2017

Tyrant Books, a little-known New York indie publisher, has just ignited a firestorm of controversy on Twitter. Authors including Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman are speaking out against the publisher, all thanks to this tweet:

"Dear agents, please stop sending inquiries to Tyrant. We no longer consider agented writers. Writers w/agents: feel free to send, just know you have to drop your agent if we want to sign you. Thanks, 
Tyrant staff"

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Romance and the bloke — Aussie male romance writers tap into billion-dollar industry

abc.net.au – Thursday November 23, 2017

The romance novel is mainly written by and for women, but there are a few men like Jeff Kenneally willing to tackle the billion-dollar industry.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 22, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Cookery; Culture; Historical; Humour; Lifestyle; Politics; Science; Self-Help; Sport; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

Send queries by post with SASE or by email. All queries should be addressed to a specific agent (see website for individual agent interests). Response only if interested.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 21, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Cookery; Entertainment; Health; Historical; Nature; Science; Short Stories; Sport; 
Markets: Children's

Magazine for children, publishing articles, features, puzzles, and short stories. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Small indie publishers report booming sales

theguardian.com – Monday November 20, 2017

Independent publishers have unleashed a boom in sales, according to new research. Latest figures from Inpress, which works with 60 of the smallest players in the books industry, revealed sales up 79% in the last year – a performance hailed by Inpress managing director Sophie O’Neill as phenomenal.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 20, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Cookery; Historical; Nature; Politics; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; Children's

Publishes adult nonfiction in the areas of Maritime regional, travel guides, history, biography, natural history, Maritime Provinces politics and regional cookbooks and cookbooks with a fresh/healthy focus. Also classic Maritime fiction reprints. Also publishes fiction for children. Send query with outline, sample, and author CV. See website for full guidelines. Response only if interested.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 17, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

Always on the search for talented new writers. Send query by email. For fiction, include the first three chapters or 50 pages and 2-page synopsis. For nonfiction, include detailed outline and sample chapter. No scripts.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 16, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Anthropology; Culture; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Children's

Small, independent publisher and distributor based in Laramie, Wyoming. Publishes mysteries, romance, science fiction, disability literature, short story anthologies, scholarly publications in history and anthropology, and multicultural children's books. No picture books. See website for current open calls.

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Charlie Brotherstone opens own agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday November 15, 2017

Charlie Brotherstone, literary agent at Ed Victor Ltd, is opening his own agency.

Brotherstone Creative Management will be a full service literary agency with a range of clients including Brett Anderson, Charles Glass, Kirstin Innes, Thomas Pavitte, Nuno Mendes, George The Poet, and the AA Gill Estate.

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The Craft of Writing: How Crucial It Is to Maintain a Daily Practice

skyword.com – Wednesday November 15, 2017

Long before I was a freelance writer, I wrote fiction. One of the key things I learned from my writing mentor, the late novelist Les Plesko, was the importance of writing daily. “Write every day, even on your birthday,” he would say with a toothless grin. Maintaining such a practice is crucial in your success as a writer.

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