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I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight jammie dodgers

irishtimes.com – Wednesday January 24, 2018

Louise Beech: Writing without a deal, agent or audience means you can be the most honest you’ll probably ever be

Adversity is a great place for inspiration. It lends a sort of desperation, a need to create and make something good when the world seems against us. It’s not a great place to permanently live, but without experiencing it for at least a good period of time we don’t grow, survive, or scream to be heard. During adversity, we write hungry. I mean this in a spiritual way, not literally, though it can help to be physically hungry too. I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight Jammie Dodgers.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 23, 2018

Handles: Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Culture; Health; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Spiritual
Markets: Adult

Send single-page query by email with information about your proposed book, your publishing history, and any media or online platform you have developed. Response only if interested.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 22, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction and nonfiction for teens and young adults. Send complete ms with full synopsis by email only. Prefers Word and PDF files. Response only if interested.

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Why Writing Network Startups Are Banking On Serialized Storytelling

forbes.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

The publishing industry might not be as buzzy as film or TV, but it still attracts its share of startups: Startup database Angel List currently holds 2,261 companies under the "publishing" rubric, at an average valuation of $3.7 million.

Granted, many of these are news curators or offer website templates, but of the fiction-centric startups, the success stories are built on a strongly engaged base of users. How do these writing networks chase engagement? They master the art of page-turning addiction.

Serialized storytelling isn't new. Serialized folklore and literature includes Homer, Dickens, and 1,001 Arabian Nights. The concept adapts to new formats: Pulp fiction has profited from their heroes' endless exploits since the dime store novel, and the 1920s-era Stratemeyer Syndicate further improved on the model with ghostwritten series like Nancy Drew, the Bobsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. These books promoted previous stories at the front of the book and often ended with previews teasing the title of the next installment — and the syndicate even instructed writers to end chapters and even pages mid-scene. The result was a literal $0.50 page-turner.

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firstwriter.magazine final issue - out now

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

This month sees the launch of the last ever issue of firstwriter.magazine

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. All good things must come to an end, however, and issue 32 will be the last issue of firstwriter.magazine. Managing Editor, J. Paul Dyson, gave the following explanation about the decision to end the long-running publication:

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Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold)

inc.com – Sunday January 21, 2018

When I was a kid I loved to read Judy Blume books: Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingBlubberDeenieFreckle JuiceSuperfudge. They addressed themes and issues other books I was reading at the time didn't cover. Her stories spoke directly to me, as if she could see right into my curious, hyper-sensitive, insecure pre-teen head.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 17, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Romance; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Imprint which aims to push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship. Submit novels up to 50,000 words via online submission system available on website.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 17, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Adventure; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Crime; Culture; Fantasy; Health; Historical; Lifestyle; Mystery; Politics; Romance; Science; Sci-Fi; Spiritual; Sport; Thrillers; Travel; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Contemporary; Literary; Popular

Send first three chapters (fiction), proposal (nonfiction), or complete ms (picture books) via online submission form on website.

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Job opportunity: Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., New York

publishersmarketplace.com – Tuesday January 16, 2018

Bloomsbury has an exciting opportunity for a publishing professional to strengthen and expand our successful academic list in the field of Literary Studies.

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How to Keep Writing When Every Day Is a Blow to the Gut

huffingtonpost.com – Monday January 15, 2018

Most writers I know have put themselves on a news diet, but even if you’ve done that it’s impossible to escape the bad news altogether—nor do most of us want to be completely checked out. The s**tstorm we’re contending with in our country—#MeToo, our erratic weather, nuclear threats, a Twitter presidency—is leaving most of us feeling anxious at best. Few writers I know are able to wield their anxiety into well-crafted scenes. Most are distracted (for good reason!) and yet the new year is supposed to be about new beginnings, right?

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