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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 7, 2019

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

Small literary press publishing full-length poetry collections, poetry chapbooks, literary fiction, essays, memoir, and hybrid forms, in both print and eBook editions. Currently looking for collections of poetry and hybrid poetry/prose, and collections of short fiction and lyric essays. Submit through online submission system. $20 submission fee.

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Kate Shaw to launch new literary agency

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 6, 2019

Kate Shaw is leaving The Viney Shaw Agency to set up her own literary agency next month. 

The Shaw Agency will be launched on 1st July and Shaw will take her existing client list which includes novelists Isabel Ashdown, Lesley Lokko and Susan Elliot Wright, journalists Ian Cobain and Alex Crawford and children’s novelists Fleur Hitchcock, Vashti Hardy, Alan MacDonald, James Nicol and Holly Smale with her. 

An agent since 2001, Shaw worked at Aitken Alexander Associates before joining The Viney Agency in 2009. She became director in 2017 and the firm was renamed The Viney Shaw Agency.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 6, 2019

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

Online magazine publishing feminist prose and poetry. Send up to five poems or up to 2,000 words of prose by email. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 5, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes comics, manuscripts, graphic novels, and anthologies. See website for submission guidelines and current calls.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 3, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes novellas of literary fiction, and poetry. Accepts work from Canadian citizens residing in Canada only. Novellas should be between 20,000 and 40,000 words. No genre fiction. Not accepting poetry manuscripts as at June 2019. No electronic submissions.

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So you want to be a novelist? A New York literary agent, editor and author reveal how bestsellers are born

independent.co.uk – Sunday June 2, 2019

Stephen Barbara’s office is nothing to be afraid of. It’s a small, cosy space in Midtown Manhattan with a bookshelf in the corner and inspirational messages on the walls (“There is nothing new in art except talent” and “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge”). Barbara himself is a welcoming person. Though he does claim to be “very argumentative”, that side of his personality doesn’t manifest itself during our hour-long chat. He’s polite, voluble, and answers questions with the patience and precision of someone who loves the topic at hand. Yet most strangers who attempt to contact Barbara will agonise over their emails for weeks. They will ask their friends to proof-read their messages. They will hold their breath as they hit send. They will spend the next hours, days or weeks anxiously refreshing their email inbox. In other words, they will manage their communications with a level of anguish that seems irreconcilable with the perfectly pleasant person sitting in front of me. Stephen Barbara, you see, is a New York literary agent.

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Is Small Press for You?

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Sunday June 2, 2019

Manuscript finished, hat in hand, we all yearn to sell to Random House. But while the big guys demand “breakthrough” potential, most of us write mid-list or niche. Therefore, though aiming straight for the top, we might want to keep in mind independent imprints.

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New writing prize inspired by Nan Shepherd, Knives in Hens performed for scholarship fund, Brexit play for Scottish Youth Theatre

heraldscotland.com – Friday May 31, 2019

A new writing prize inspired by the work of Nan Shepherd has been launched by the leading publisher Canongate, with the Nan Shepherd Estate and the University of Aberdeen.

The winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing will receive a book deal with Canongate, including an advance of £10,000, and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates.

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How To Build A High-Revenue Writing Business

forbes.com – Friday May 31, 2019

You might never expect it but alongside skills like UX design and mobile application development, journalism is one of the top skills companies most need in 2019, according to a LinkedIn survey of senior leaders. “Once a dwindling skill, journalism isn’t just for journalists anymore as marketing and content teams alike vie for people who can tell compelling stories,” the social media platform noted.

That has created opportunities for freelance writers. But many don’t know how to make the most of the work that’s available so they can build a writing business that supports them and their families.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday May 31, 2019

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit prose up to 8,000 words or up to three poems via online submission system. $2 fee. Does not accept international submissions.

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