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New Literary Agent Listing: Niamh O'Grady

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 30, 2020

Actively looking for accessible literary and reading-group fiction, and narrative non-fiction. She is drawn to books with heart and humour, thought-provoking writing and distinctive, compelling voices. She particularly loves novels that explore family and relationships and wants to read stories that leave an emotional impact, with characters that stay with her long after the final page. She is keen to find new Irish and Northern writing talent.

[See the full listing]

New Literary Agent Listing: Marina De Pass

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 30, 2020

Loves commercial and book-club fiction in all its forms – from twisty, domestic psychological suspense to smart rom-coms and big, sweeping love stories – and is actively looking to take on clients in this area.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 29, 2020

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Reference;
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes novels (all genres accepted, but with a literary bent), memoirs / biographies / autobiographies, creative nonfiction, and writing / publishing reference books, and short story collections. Send query by email with first ten pages and author bio.

[See the full listing]

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 29, 2020

Publishes: Articles; Poetry;
Markets: Adult; Youth;
Preferred styles: Positive

Electronic poetry journal co-founded by two authors. They are family friendly, publishing "positive poetry/content. Positive as in stimulating, optimistic, confident, uplifting, inspirational." They accept work from adult writers/poets and teen poets (13-16).

We are a family-friendly magazine, so we expect clean language. No dirty words at all. We also don't want anything related to erotica or politics.

Apart from that, we are open to everything, as long as the message is good and uplifting.

When poets send us their pieces, we ask them to tell us why they think they would make a good fit for the journal. We want to ensure that they understand that the message is just as important as the language itself. There must be an energy behind the pieces that really make us think hard and ultimately inspires the reader, not just the poet themselves.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sarah Landis

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 29, 2020

This agent is looking for middle grade and young adult books across all genres. She is particularly drawn to middle grade fantasy and contemporary with heart, humor, and magic. In the young adult space, she has an affinity for southern voices, high-concept plots, grounded sci-fi/fantasy, historical, mysteries and thrillers, and emotionally compelling contemporary.

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SUNY Cortland launches online literary magazine

www2.cortland.edu – Tuesday January 28, 2020

SUNY Cortland’s new online literary magazine, Hoxie Gorge Review, blends together innovative poetry, fiction and nonfiction from established national writers as well as emerging talents.

It was also a labor of love for the 12 students in an upper-level course on the publishing industry taught by instructor Heather Bartlett in the English Department. Those students served as editors, soliciting, selecting and editing submissions for the first issue published in December.

While there are many online literary magazines that feature the work of undergraduate writers, including Cortland’s own Crystallize Review, few are in the mold of Hoxie Gorge Review: a magazine run by undergraduates featuring the work of national writers.

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E-Book Revenues Decreased In October

forbes.com – Monday January 27, 2020

E-books have been on a multi-year decline for publishers. According to data collected by the Association of American Publishers, this trend held true in October, the most recent month with data available. Net trade e-book revenues for participating publishers decreased 8.9% that month when compared to October of 2018.

Downloaded audio, on the other hand, continues to see rapid growth. In October, net revenues in the category increased 15.1% over October of 2018. Regular double-digit increases have begun to inch the format closer to revenues on par with the ever-declining e-book category. While trade e-books remain 8.5% of publisher revenues, downloaded audio now sits at 5.3% (hardback books are 49% of net revenues, and paperbacks are 27%).

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 27, 2020

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

Submit fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words, three poems, or a piece of nonfiction. Submit through online submission system. See website for full guidelines.

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‘American Dirt’ was supposed to be a publishing triumph. What went wrong?

latimes.com – Sunday January 26, 2020

It was poised to be a blockbuster long before copies arrived in bookstores last week: a thrilling contemporary migration story following a mother and her son, desperate to cross Mexico and reach the United States.

Its publisher, Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan, paid a seven-figure advance after outbidding several competitors for the novel. It snagged a coveted selection in Oprah’s Book Club and had been shipped to key celebrity influencers, including Stephen King, Sandra Cisneros and Salma Hayek. A reported first run of 500,000 copies was printed. The film rights were sold.

But by week’s end, the novel “American Dirt” had garnered attention that its boosters likely didn’t expect: angry charges of cultural appropriation, stereotyping, insensitivity, and even racism against author Jeanine Cummins, who herself said in the book’s author’s note, “I was worried that, as a nonmigrant and non-Mexican, I had no business writing a book set almost entirely in Mexico, set entirely among migrants.”

Despite the backing of towering figures in American media, Cummins’ page-turning portrayal of a mother on the run is now at the center of the first bonafide literary controversy of the year, and is forcing a hard reflection on the state of Latinos in a cultural field that remains overwhelmingly white.

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New Literary Agent: Brenna Girard

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 26, 2020

Brenna is interested in unique nonfiction, particularly business books and cookbooks.

[See the full listing]

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