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Buchwald Adds Five Agents In New York, Los Angeles Outposts

deadline.com – Monday May 6, 2019

The boutique agency Buchwald has expanded its New York and Los Angeles offices with five key hires made by president Julia Buchwald. In the New York office, Cassandra Tay and Katie Britton have been brought on as theatrical agents, as well as Liz Orr as a literary agent.

In Los Angeles, Jason Hyman joins as a talent agent, while George Carmona has been hired as Buchwald’s West Coast voice-over agent. In addition to building out the voice-over booth in Buchwald’s L.A. office, Carmona will work with a number of the agency’s east coast commercial agents including newly promoted Director of Animation, Pamela Goldman.

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Here’s how busy poets and authors can create their own writing retreats

pe.com – Saturday May 4, 2019

Attending a writing retreat is up there on the list of perfect vacations for me; idyllic location ripe for creativity, workshops, a secluded world of like-minded people, and stimulating literary conversation.

However, the cost can be steep, vacation time may not coincide with the scheduled retreat, and the amount of time at the retreat is usually limited from a few days to a week.

As a solution, I decided to create my own private retreat that requires no submission fees, and has only minimal program costs for itinerary, travel, food and lodging, and I didn’t have to wait to see if I was accepted. I can align it with my vacation time and take a weekend here or there for a mini retreat.

There are four key elements I used to create my private writing retreat.

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More About Agents

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

firstwriter.com – Friday May 3, 2019

Are you talented? Are you lucky? For you, then, agents count. Read below.

Agent Location

Does it help if your agent is in Manhattan, if she’s agoraphobic and never leaves the house? 

My opinion is an agent with a Manhattan address is probably more impressive (even if she doesn’t lunch), than an agent who lives in Butte, Montana. Of course most authors who live all over the place won’t understand the cachet of the city address or 212 area code (though many Jane-come-latelys or folks who’ve moved may find themselves stuck with a 646 telephone code).

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday May 3, 2019

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

Publishes fiction, creative nonfiction (1st person narrative, personal essay, memoir) and poetry that examines questions of justice, either obliquely or directly addressing crime and the criminal justice system. Unlikely to publish genre fiction. Send up to three poems or prose up to 6,000 words.

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Creative writing graduates will 'never make a living as novelists', says Self

thebookseller.com – Thursday May 2, 2019

Will Self has declared literature to be “morphing into a giant quilting exercise”, suggesting that no current creative writing graduates will make a living from literary fiction.

The author criticised courses during an interview with Radio 4’s “Today” programme on Thursday (2nd May), in a show recorded at the University of East Anglia, almost 50 years since its prestigious Creative Writing MA launched.

Self said: “If you want to do it and you’re not too concerned about making a living in the future then it’s probably a good idea. The paradox is, in the modern university, everyone is encouraged to tailor their courses towards employability but it’s certainly not clear what the pathway is into literary fiction – possibly into genre fiction, or possibly people can use the writing courses just to develop themselves as writers to write video games or something else, that’s a possibility.”

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 2, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Music; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes poetry, essay, and short story collections; drama; memoirs; novellas; full-length novels; experimental work. See website for full submission guidelines. $3 fee per submission.

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How to Write a Great Query: Insider Secrets for Success

authorlink.com – Wednesday May 1, 2019

Most writers put a tremendous amount of effort into their content, spending months or years with their manuscripts, agonizing over word choice, scene order, character development. Yet when it comes time to write a query letter, they will often write something off the top of their head, sometimes with a mere hour’s effort, and let this suffice to represent their work. They rush through the letter process so that the agent can get to the book itself, which they feel will explain everything. They feel that if an agent just sees the writing, nothing else will matter, and that a poor query letter will even be forgiven.

This is faulty thinking. For agents, the query letter is all. If it’s not exceptional, agents will not even request to see the writing, and writers will never even get a chance to showcase their talent. For most writers, the query letter—which they rushed through—becomes the only piece of writing they will ever be judged by, and unfortunately, the only chance they ever had.

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Cengage, McGraw-Hill Agree to Merge to Become 2nd Biggest US Textbook Publisher

edsurge.com – Wednesday May 1, 2019

Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education plan to join forces in an all-stock merger. The news, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, would create the second-biggest U.S. textbook publisher if the deal is approved, with a combined valuation estimated at $5 billion. Pearson, with a market cap of $8.5 billion, would still be ahead of the pack.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 1, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Commercial

Welcomes submissions for commercial fiction and nonfiction, either through an agent or direct from authors. Submit by email only. No postal submissions. Response not guaranteed.

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Don't ditch the adverb, the emoji of writing

theguardian.com – Monday April 29, 2019

Should we brazenly ditch the adverb? For those who spotted the nerdy linguistic pun in that question, my bias may be already abundantly clear.

But maybe I’m wrong. Plenty of writers offer lexical advice - both solicited and not. The adverb gets people weirdly fired up; many are less fond of it than me. I spent recent months devouring writing about writing as I complete the first draft of my first novel, so the recurring themes are fresh in my sun-kissed skull.

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