Things that nearly put me off writing my first novel
femalefirst.co.uk – Monday February 29, 2016
I don't know what the statistics are but I have a feeling that journalists don't automatically make very good fiction writers. It's a different part of the brain. And it's a different business model. When you're a journalist you write a thousand words or so are about someone, somewhere, something else. Very often, no personal opinion required. After a thousand words or so, you get paid. You park that feature and start on the next one. You also have an editor, mostly at the end of an email, saying (hopefully), 'thanks for that - good job'. And (hopefully) your byline will pop up somewhere. Both these are a journalistic equivalent of hearty pats on the back. Reasons to carry on.
Samhain Publishing to Shut Down Operations
publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 27, 2016
In an email sent to authors Friday, Christina Brashear, publisher of Samhain Publishing, a mostly digital romance publisher, said the publisher will begin to shut down its publishing operations due to a steady decline in e-book sales.
What Even Great Writers Do Badly: How to Up Your Game as an Author
huffingtonpost.com – Friday February 26, 2016
Literary agents often get a reputation for being cruel and heartless. It is true that not a one of us has escaped sending out many, many rejection letters. I am sure that there are a few slightly sadistic agents out there, but for the most part, authors, please know that we take no pleasure in saying no to you and your project!
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.