New Literary Agency Listing
firstwriter.com – Thursday January 17, 2019
Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Cookery; Historical; Humour; Lifestyle; Sociology
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Literary
No science fiction, academic books, scripts, or poetry. Submit online through form on website. No postal submissions. See website for full guidelines.
Kate Burke joins Blake Friedmann
thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 16, 2019
Kate Burke has joined The Blake Friedmann Literary Agency as a senior agent and will focus on commercial fiction.
Burke previously worked as an agent at Northbank Talent Management for six years, and before that spent 10 years as a fiction publisher, at Headline, HarperCollins and Penguin Random House.
Curtis Brown celebrates 120th birthday with novel-writing prize
thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 16, 2019
Curtis Brown is to celebrate its 120th birthday with a series of events spearheaded by a team of young agents, culminating in the Curtis Brown 120 Novel Writing Prize.
Founded in 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown, one of the UK’s longest running independent literary agencies. This year Curtis Brown plans to “celebrate its heritage and offer a unique opportunity to the future.” Agents including Lisa Babalis, Becky Brown, Catherine Cho, Lucy Morris and Norah Perkins will help lead the year's events.
The celebrations will culminate in the Curtis Brown 120 Novel Writing Prize, a mission to find the voices of the future, launched in partnership with the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. The prize will be open to novels both finished and unfinished, across all genres of adult fiction. Details of judging panels, process, prizes and submission dates will be revealed in April.
Robertson Murray Literary Agency launches
thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 15, 2019
Representing fiction, general non-fiction and children’s books, the agency, first announced last summer, is a division of Hilary Murray's talent agency Arlington Management Ltd and is being headed up by Robertson, who most recently was sales and marketing director and paperback publisher at Faber and Faber.
No, You Won't Be as Rich as Jay-Z (And Other Truths About Becoming a Published Author)
inc.com – Tuesday January 15, 2019
Last year I wrote two novels. One has already been published by a small, independent publisher based in the Midwest. The second is another novel that will be published by a different publisher based in Austin, Texas.
Writing novels is a strange and incredibly difficult way to become a published author. There is no feeling more awkward than having to lie to your friends and family about what's based on real-life events and what isn't. That said, regardless of what type of book you write, writing books is really, really, really hard.
If you want 2019 to be the year you become a published author, here are a few things you need to know.
5 Tips for Submitting Creative Writing
culturedvultures.com – Saturday January 12, 2019
A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions to write more, and some even decide that they are going to submit for publication. Each type of writing has its own rules and norms when it comes to submitting to magazines and websites, but the more you practice, the better you will get at it. Here are our top five general tips for submitting creative writing and poetry – these apply to our Short Stories department here at Cultured Vultures, but they will also set you up for sending your work to all sorts of places.
Want to make your writing more collaborative, cross-platform and creative? Try Collab Writers
thebookseller.com – Friday January 11, 2019
Collab Writers is a global community for creatives to connect, collaborate and create on poems, flash fiction, short stories and ;novels - and to get those stories on screen.
At the heart of the startup is a hub where members can collaborate to create and publish their work, with assistance and guidance from the Collab Writers team. They will also connect the best writers to the film world, to help adapt their work.
"Creatives at Collab Writers aren't just writers," says co-founder Jennie Griffiths. "We want to encourage a new wave of surrealist creatives to bring pictures, photos, words, images, illustrations, film and music together. We encourage a mash-up of creative genres and mixed media products including short graphic memoirs, manga and stories told through song and screen.
"Collab Writers is a call to action to rise up off the sofa, turn off the box set and awaken your inner creative through connecting and collaborating with like-minded creatives."
Tweet yourself a literary agent in 280 characters
scottishfield.co.uk – Friday January 11, 2019
After the astonishing success of the last three years, XpoNorth’s Writers’ Tweet Pitch is back.
On Friday 11 January, from 9am-9pm, writers from across Scotland can tweet pitch their work to a panel of Scotland’s literary agents and publishers.
Twitter channels will be open to pitches of unpublished fiction, nonfiction and writing and illustration for children from writers living and working in Scotland. Their projects can be complete – or may still be in development.
U.S. Authors Have Suffered A Drastic Decline In Earnings
forbes.com – Wednesday January 9, 2019
It's becoming increasingly difficult to make it as a professional writer in America today. A recent survey from the Authors Guild found that U.S. authors have suffered a drastic decline in earnings in recent years. The drop appears to be impacting nearly all categories of authorship and writers of literary fiction have been hardest hit, suffering a 43% fall in earnings since 2013. There was one exception and that was self-published authors who saw their book-related income almost double since 2013, though it remains 58% lower than for traditionally published authors. Across the board, median income for all categories of U.S. authors stood at $12,850 in 2007 and that has fallen steadily ever since, sinking to a historic low of $6,080 by 2017.
7 Publishing Insights Revealed By Last Year's Top 100 Bestselling Books
forbes.com – Saturday January 5, 2019
In the opening days of 2019, the publishing industry is looking towards the future. Popular predictions include the continued rise of audiobooks, political non-fiction, books clubs and the niche subscription service model. But the past still has a lot to say. Here are what fascinating publishing industry insights were just revealed by a new list of the U.K.'s top 100 print bestsellers across fiction and non-fiction alike.