Cheating on my crime series to write a romcom on the side
irishtimes.com – Tuesday August 13, 2019
About five years ago, I found myself with a dark secret. Instead of writing about the murders, lies and traumas I was contracted for, with my Paula Maguire crime series, I was sneaking off behind that book’s back. I was writing about love, flirtation, a turning-30 life crisis. I was making jokes about Beyoncé and online dating. I was writing….a romcom.
Chick lit. Rom com. Commercial women’s fiction. We don’t have a good way to describe this kind of book. When I say I write crime fiction, people get it right away. But when I say I also write another kind of book, under the name Eva Woods, I start to stumble. “It’s like romance,” I might say. “But it deals with serious issues.” Or: “It’s called uplit now.” Turns out no one outside publishing has heard this term, coined to describe a kind of sad-but-happy book in the vein of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, or my own How To Be Happy. My agent describes the tone as “laughter through tears”, and the books often cover death, abuse, serious illness, suffering. Despite this they are extremely likely to be given a pastel-coloured cover.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 13, 2019
Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary
Semi-annual online journal with an annual print issue. Publishes genre fiction with strong literary elements. Welcomes the bizarre and experimental. Not interested in zombies, vampires, werewolves, fairies, shapeshifters or fan-fic. Submit up to three stories at a time via online submission system.
DHH agents to hit Liverpool for author pitch event
thebookseller.com – Saturday August 10, 2019
DHH Literary Agency will host an event in Liverpool allowing aspiring authors to pitch their work direct to its team.
From 10am on 26th August, until 6pm on 4th October, writers are invited to apply by email for a chance to pitch to one of the agents on 7th December in Liverpool.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Friday August 9, 2019
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Translations;
Markets: Adult; Children's
Publisher of new and emerging writers from around the world, translated into English. Accepts submissions in any genre. Send query by email with synopsis, three sample chapters, and a brief outline of your background and what qualifies you to write your book.
CWA creates new Dagger for crime publishers
thebookseller.com – Wednesday August 7, 2019
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has created a new category for its Dagger awards, Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year.
Maxim Jakubowski, honorary vice-chair of the CWA, said: “As part of the ongoing process of keeping the CWA in the forefront when it comes to crime writing and crime publishing, we felt this was an overdue category in our Daggers, and it becomes the first new Dagger to be created in well over a decade. Publishing houses and imprints are very important to the genre and are instrumental in keeping crime, mystery and thriller writing at the forefront of the reading public's consciousness, and fully deserve the recognition.”
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 6, 2019
Preferred styles: Literary
Magazine publishing Haiku. Submit via online submission system available on website.
To Self-Publish Or Not To Self-Publish: Whatâ€™s The Best Option For Me?
authorlink.com – Friday August 2, 2019
Got your manuscript ready to go? Now you just need to send it away to literary agents, right?
Not necessarily. Read on to learn the pros and cons of self-publishing vs traditional publishing, with some tips for how to get started with each.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 31, 2019
Areas include: Short Stories;
Online magazine publishing fiction up to 10,000 words. Submit via online submission system.
Why is Irish literature thriving? Because its writers and publishers take risks
theguardian.com – Tuesday July 30, 2019
Much has been written about the boom in Irish writing, buoyed by the apparently ceaseless tide of new voices: not a smattering of talent making a splash but waves and waves of writers, going beyond much repeated names such as Sally Rooney and Eimear McBride to the equally talented and ambitious Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Colin Barrett, Anakana Schofield, Gavin Corbett and Lisa McInerney.
Now there’s more. Having been an all-American affair in 2018, this year the shortlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award (the world’s richest short story prize – £30,000 for a single story!) is dominated by the Irish: Kevin Barry, winner of the award in 2012 and just longlisted for this year’s Booker; Danielle McLaughlin from the Republic and Louise Kennedy from Northern Ireland. Joining them on the shortlist are Joe Dunthorne (Welsh), Paul Dalla Rosa, based in Melbourne, and Emma Cline, the sole representative of the US.
E-Book Revenues Decreased In April While Audio Continued Its Strong Streak
forbes.com – Sunday July 28, 2019
E-book revenues continue to drop. April saw publishers face a 2.5% net revenue decrease over the same period in 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers, following decreases in February and March. AAP's figures come from 1,360 participating publishers, though notably do not include data from Amazon's publishing efforts.
Audio, on the other hand, remains strong. Downloaded audio was up 28.7% in April over the same month in 2018—this despite the fact that January through April's net revenues in 2018 were up 36.1% over the same period in 2017.