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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 13, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; 
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 6, 2019

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Magazine publishing Haiku. Submit via online submission system available on website.

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To Self-Publish Or Not To Self-Publish: What’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.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 31, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Online magazine publishing fiction up to 10,000 words. Submit via online submission system.

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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.

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James Patterson: ‘I've got too many ideas to write all my books myself!'

express.co.uk – Sunday July 28, 2019

THE WORLD'S biggest-selling thriller writer has told how he relies on an army of co-authors to create his books - because he has too many stories in him to write them all himself.

James Patterson has a 4in-thick file where he stores the torrent of ideas pouring out of him every day. He says: "I have so many stories to tell. There are only so many books you can put out there and I could not possibly do all of them myself, so this is one of the attractions of co-writing." By outlining the plots and using emerging talent to write the first draft, which he then edits and rewrites, Patterson has become a one-man publishing phenomenon. With more than 200 adult and children's books to his name, he has sold 385 million copies across the globe.

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Hooray for Hollywood

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

firstwriter.com – Sunday July 28, 2019

The movies didn't spoil my books. They're still on the shelves.—James M. Cain, author of The Postman Rings Twice

One writer told me that she had been advised to hold onto the film rights to the book she’s currently making an effort to place. I looked at her blankly. Discussing the sale of film rights to an unsold book is a pretty minuscule—not to say completely irrelevant—consideration. Sell the book first. Moreover, very few books are optioned for film, much less actually turned into one. That said, of course you want to keep whatever rights you are able to, or as large a percentage of them as you can, but never let that be a dealbreaker.

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