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5 Advantages of Publishing Your Work as an eBook

goodereader.com – Saturday January 11, 2020

A lot of authors are shy when it comes to the idea of publishing their work as an eBook. There’s something nostalgic about a print book – for some people it’s the smell of paper, for some people it’s just nice to mark their progress with the turn of each page.

Even so, eBooks are rapidly becoming more popular as a form of self-publishing. There are numerous advantages to publishing digitally rather than in print, and a few of these are outlined below.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Felicity Blunt

firstwriter.com – Friday January 10, 2020

"Most simply put I am looking for good stories, compellingly told. The books on my list have one thing in common, the combination of a distinctive voice and a great narrative."

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Tyler Perry slammed by fans after admitting he has no writer’s room

pagesix.com – Thursday January 9, 2020

It ain’t easy being Madea.

Tyler Perry admitted this week that he’s written several of his plays, films and television shows solo, apparently hoping to inspire others with his work ethic. Many fans missed that sentiment, however, and called out the studio owner for not hiring writers.

“So, I don’t know if you know, this but all shows on television have a writer’s room,” Perry, 50, said in an Instagram clip Monday. “Most of the time, they’re 10 people, 12, whatever, that write on these television shows. Well, I have no writer’s room. Nobody writes any of my work. I write it all. Why am I telling [you] this? I wrote all of these scripts by myself in 2019. What’s my point? Work ethic!”

But rather than be inspired, many of Perry’s followers took issue with what they saw as his refusal to employ writers who could bring fresh perspectives to his work.

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Abrams Agency Announces A Spate Of New Promotions, Including Amanda Marzolf, James Murray, And Max Grossman To Partner

celebrityaccess.com – Wednesday January 8, 2020

Abrams Artists Agency announced it is starting the new year with a round of promotions at the company that include upping three to partner, six to senior agent, and the minting three new agents.

The Los Angeles-based Amanda Marzolf has been upped to partner in Abrams alternative programming, digital media, licensing & branding division. Since joining Abrams in 2014, Marzolf has focused on the development of social media/digital personalities and spearheaded the agency’s podcasting business.

Longtime Abrams agent James Murray has taken on the title of partner within the voice-over division. Since he joined Abrams in 2008, Murray has worked across commercial, television, feature animation, interactive, promos, and narration, including representing talent in hit television shows and feature films.

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Brown and Morris promoted to agents at Curtis Brown

thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 8, 2020

Becky Brown and Lucy Morris have both been promoted to agents at Curtis Brown's books department.

Brown becomes an agent at the firm's heritage division, having taken up the role of associate agent in September last year, joining Norah Perkins to expand the agency’s list of literary estates. Curits Brown said she had been instrumental in bringing in a raft of new ones, including Nancy Spain and Pamela Frankau.

She first joined in 2017 to support Jonny Geller’s office, having previously worked at A M Heath and publishers Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

Morris, who joined in 2014 as assistant to Karolina Sutton and became an associate agent last year, is promoted to agent in the books department.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 8, 2020

Publishes: Fiction;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Niche

Publishes alternative books and niche lifestyle fiction. Complete online submission process on website.

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New Literary Agency Listing: The Labyrinth Literary Agency

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 8, 2020

Founded in 2014. Provides a range of author representation and editorial services across books and film. 

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How to embrace your inner poet in 2020

harpersbazaar.com – Tuesday January 7, 2020

In 2017, Isabella Macpherson and Gala Gordon launched a platform for rising actors, directors and writers from all backgrounds, but particularly women. Since then, Platform Presents has grown in size and influence, evolving from a singular poetry evening to full play readings involving big star names.

Poetry is still a focus and passion for the company and on 9 February, Macpherson and Gordon will stage its 2020 Poetry Gala where high-profile actors and actresses will read the world's best-loved poems, as directed by Gemma Arterton. The line-up includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rhys Ifans, Holliday Grainger and Juliet Stevenson to name but a few.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jamie Carr

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 7, 2020

Represents novelists, short story writers, journalists, activists, and food and culture writers. Most interested in adult literary and upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, she is drawn to writing that is voice-driven, highly transporting, from unique perspectives and marginalized voices, and that seeks to disrupt or reframe what appears to be known.

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How to Land Your First Freelance Writing Gig in 2020

business2community.com – Monday January 6, 2020

In recent years, freelance writing has taken off and become a fruitful career for many. As more people gravitate towards working from home and being their own boss, freelancing gains popularity. In the U.S. alone, there are 57 million freelancers and 51 percent say they wouldn’t return to a traditional job.

Perhaps you’ve decided to leap into the world of freelance writing. You’re ready to ditch the nine-to-five life of an employee and become your own boss. But where do you start? How do you prepare yourself for your first writing client?

In this post, we’re going to give you a few tips to help you jumpstart your freelance writing career and land your first gig this year.

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