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New Publisher Listing – Wednesday December 16, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Dark

Publishes comics and prose books in the genres of horror, dark fantasy, and other genres tangential to or overlapping those. Targets adult and young adult markets. Send query by post with CV, synopsis, and up to three sample chapters (up to about 10,000 words). See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing – Wednesday December 16, 2015

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas: Arts; Autobiography; Beauty and Fashion; Biography; Cookery; Culture; Health; Historical; Music; Politics; Science; Spiritual; Sport; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Treatments: Commercial; Literary; Popular

Always on the lookout for commercial and literary fiction, but specialises in nonfiction. See website for list of agent interests and address submission by email to specific agent.

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New Magazine Listing – Tuesday December 15, 2015

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit up to 5 poems; fiction up to 5,000 words; or essays up to 3,000 words, via online submission system.

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Literati cities: just the spot for networking, less so for writing a great novel – Monday December 14, 2015

What happens when all the culture capital is concentrated in one place? Take Brooklyn, which the New York Observer called “a zone of infestation, not only of novelists but reporters, pundits, poets, and those often closeted scribblers who call themselves editors and agents”.

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What Jules Feiffer taught me about writing for kids – Saturday December 12, 2015

25 years into creating my comic strip “Tom the Dancing Bug,” I’ve just embarked on another venture: writing books for kids. My series of books, The EMU Club Adventures, began in April with Alien Invasion in My Backyard, and the second installment, Ghostly Thief of Time, was released last month.

Now, “Tom the Dancing Bug” is certainly not for kids, but writing for kids was something I’ve always wanted to do. I love kids’ literature and culture, and I love kids; if I’m at a gathering of friends and family, you’ll probably find me laughing it up with the kids.

But as I started this new task, I was kind of worried about whether I could write for an audience that wasn’t me. My comic strip is pretty much what I would want to read – would consciously writing for another audience render the work stilted, off-target, or even pandering?

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Self-Publishing Stars of 2015 – Saturday December 12, 2015

In BookLife and Publishers Weekly’s second annual starred reviews roundup, we celebrate the best of the best: the self-published books that received starred reviews in 2015. And we check in with some of the authors of these titles, asking them for writing advice and self-publishing tips for aspiring writers.

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What’s the secret of good writing? – Friday December 11, 2015

I first encountered Robert Boice’s name about three years ago, somewhere online; after that, it started popping up every other month. Boice, I learned, was a US psychologist who’d cracked the secret of how to write painlessly and productively. Years ago, he’d recorded this wisdom in a book, now out of print, which a handful of fans discussed in reverent tones, but with a title that seemed like a deliberate bid for obscurity: How Writers Journey To Comfort And Fluency. Also, it was absurdly expensive: used copies sold for £130. Still, I’m a sucker for writing advice, especially when so closely guarded. So this month, I succumbed: I found a copy at the saner (if still eye-watering) price of £68, and a plain green print-on-demand hardback arrived in the post. So if you hunger to write more, but instead find yourself procrastinating, or stifled by panic, or writer’s block, I can reveal that the solution to your troubles is…

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Frankfurt Book Fair Considers an Early Start for Agents – Thursday December 10, 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair officials this week confirmed that talks are underway to possibly open rights dealing at the fair a day earlier in 2016.

Although no final decision has been reached, Frankfurt LitAg director Riky Stock told PW that more than 50 agencies have now added their names to a preliminary list of agencies interested in scheduling meetings in the Frankfurt Book Fair Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) on the Tuesday before the fair’s official Wednesday opening. Stock said the list will help determine if there is enough interest to make a Tuesday LitAg opening feasible for next year. The 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair is scheduled for October 19-23.

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A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days – Thursday December 10, 2015

It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just my bucket list.

But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the very thought of writing a book generally feels like a monumental task, probably something akin to launching a rocket into orbit.

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New Publisher Listing – Thursday December 10, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Crime; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Thrillers; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Dark

Publishes hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults. Send query with first three chapters using online submission form.

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