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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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Five Rules for Writers

nationalreview.com – Saturday January 13, 2018

As a professional writer, I’m always trying to improve. I’ve studied the work of the top writers. I’ve debated great opening sentences with colleagues. I’ve thought long and hard about things like serial commas, concluding that they are good and necessary (don’t @ me).

These days, I’m not only a professional writer, but also a teacher of writing: I run the journalism program at Hillsdale College. The best way to learn how to write is to write, because experience offers the soundest instruction. Yet my students and I also consult sources such as The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, whose best advice has become a famous dictum: “Omit needless words.”

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Q&A: Kelvin Kong on launching K2 Literary agency

quillandquire.com – Friday January 12, 2018

After more than a decade working in various aspects of publishing, from managing print production to editorial to selling rights at Kids Can Press, Kelvin Kong has launched his own literary agency. K2 Literary represents a small list of authors including Matt Cahill, Andrew Wilmot, and Teri Vlassapoulos.

Q&Q asked Kong – who recently left his post as agent and rights manager at the Rights Factory, and who continues to teach literary rights management for Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program – about his new endeavour.

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Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016

thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Europe's major markets - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy - all experienced growth in turnover in 2016, according to a Federation of European Publishers' (FEP) report. However, the dive in the British pound following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 resulted in flat total annual sales revenue for publishers in the EU and EEA in comparison to 2015, due to strong exchange rate effects.

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NYC author Neil Olson on what it’s like to work in publishing today

amny.com – Tuesday January 9, 2018

Neil Olson is a mainstay in the New York City book scene.

The Massachusetts native started out as an assistant to esteemed literary agents Candida Donadio and Eric Ashworth in 1987, fresh out of Maine’s Bowdoin College with a degree in art history and English. That firm would be the only one he’d work at to this day; in 1996, Olson became a partner at what’s now Donadio & Olson.

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