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Book publisher Gomer Press to 'wind down' publishing arm

uk-wales-49652287 – Wednesday September 11, 2019

One of Wales' largest publishing houses is to "wind down" publishing new works to focus on printing, its bosses say.

Gomer Press, set up in 1892 and based in Ceredigion, has about 3,500 titles in print in English and Welsh.

It said the decision followed a strategic review, "thus ensuring the future" of its 55 employees, but authors called it a "sad" move.

Gomer said it would continue working with authors and the Books Council of Wales to publish scheduled titles.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 11, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Feminist magazine. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines.

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CAA Hires Cindy Uh As Agent In Books Department

deadline.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Cindy Uh has joined CAA as an Agent in the Books department.

Uh moves to CAA following a four-and-a-half-year stint at Thompson Literary Agency, where she represented a range of nonfiction authors in the categories of memoir, politics, food, business, health and wellness, and lifestyle.

She has also consistently been ranked one of the top agents for illustrated/art projects.

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Who is Kanishka Gupta? A book magician of sorts

uk.style.yahoo.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Ever spare a thought for how millions of Indian readers get their hands on a variety of amazing books? A great idea or story still needs to be considered by a publisher to make it to the shelves. A lot happens behind the scenes before a book sees the light of the day, and that's where the role of a competent agent becomes critical.

An aspiring author and a college dropout, Kanishka Gupta met with several disappointments with regards to finding the right publisher for his own manuscript. The agency he opted to go along with turned out to be phony, which left him further exasperated. When he didn't receive much guidance for his manuscript himself, he founded an assessment agency, Writer's Side, to systemise publishing. A one-of-its kind agency, Writer's Side brought immense success to Kanishka, the benefits of which he hopes to extend to authors worldwide. As Writer's Side completes 10 years, he has secured over 500 book deals for his authors. As of 2019, he represents over 400 authors from across the world.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; Romance;
Markets: Adult

Publishes erotic and paranormal romance ebooks. See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Represents children's authors and artists.

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How (and Why) We're Celebrating 'World Kid Lit Month' in 2019

bookriot.com – Sunday September 8, 2019

Translations have always been a part of children’s literature. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales were translations. Pippi LongstockingAsterixand The Little Prince are among the world’s most popular children’s titles—in their originals and in translation. But while English language children’s literature boomed at the beginning of this century, the space for new and genre-shaking translations shrank. Translated titles for young readers do continue to appear, of course. But they often adhere to English language publishing conventions, and most come from Western Europe.

Yet in the last few years, publishers have turned with renewed interest to diverse children’s literature in translation. Many new kidlit imprints have launched with a focus on international literature. The publishers are as diverse as Pushkin Press, Archipelago, Seven Stories, and Amazon Crossing. To encourage this process, in September 2016, book activists launched the first “World Kid Literature Month.”

All through the month, we celebrate and promote literature for young readers in translation—particularly from beyond Europe.

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My publishing journey

tns.thenews.com.pk – Sunday September 8, 2019

They say that in order to be a writer, you need to develop a very thick skin. Truer words were never spoken. On a number of occasions, we read news about a writer flooded with offers of representation from top literary agents, following which their book gets picked up for millions of pounds in a publishing auction, propelling the said writer into a world of glittering possibilities, movie deals and the prospect of making some more millions. Such things do happen, but they are few and far between. The reality of getting published is often very different and far less glitzy.

For starters, nobody will even look at your work unless it borders on perfection. Don’t get me wrong, writing is still a very subjective market, but agents today require you to submit a manuscript that has been edited as much as possible. And no, they do not suffer typos and grammatical errors gladly. Agents sometimes get more than a hundred submissions a week, so you can only imagine how fierce the competition is and how little a chance unedited drafts stand in the milieu.

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Writing with precision is not just a pet peeve

startribune.com – Saturday September 7, 2019

A hawk-eyed reader has delivered me a dose of comeuppance.

He challenged my assertion that there is no such word as “upcoming.” I recently described “upcoming” as an expedient combination of “coming” and “up” — designed to save money on telegraph service, which charged by the word.

“Hawkeye” pointed out that “upcoming” has become a dictionary-approved word. You can look it up.

I did.

Guilty as charged. 

It’s just that “upcoming” has been as much of a pet peeve to me as “hopefully” was to the late New York Times columnist William Safire.

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Habits of Highly Effective Writers

nytimes.com – Saturday September 7, 2019

Some always outline; others never do. Some write in cafes or Airbnbs; others don’t leave the house. Here’s a peek at the writing habits of authors on this week’s best-seller lists.

Jia Tolentino, the New Yorker journalist whose essay collection, “Trick Mirror,” has been on the list for four weeks, told The Creative Independent that when she got her book contract, “I found that I couldn’t switch into book-writing very easily … in part because I work at home. I needed to physically be totally alone and be in a different place to get going.” So she “started renting upstate Airbnbs for four days at the beginning of every month, as a way to bang out” her rough draft.

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