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New Literary Agent Listing: Sarah Landis

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 29, 2020

This agent is looking for middle grade and young adult books across all genres. She is particularly drawn to middle grade fantasy and contemporary with heart, humor, and magic. In the young adult space, she has an affinity for southern voices, high-concept plots, grounded sci-fi/fantasy, historical, mysteries and thrillers, and emotionally compelling contemporary.

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SUNY Cortland launches online literary magazine

www2.cortland.edu – Tuesday January 28, 2020

SUNY Cortland’s new online literary magazine, Hoxie Gorge Review, blends together innovative poetry, fiction and nonfiction from established national writers as well as emerging talents.

It was also a labor of love for the 12 students in an upper-level course on the publishing industry taught by instructor Heather Bartlett in the English Department. Those students served as editors, soliciting, selecting and editing submissions for the first issue published in December.

While there are many online literary magazines that feature the work of undergraduate writers, including Cortland’s own Crystallize Review, few are in the mold of Hoxie Gorge Review: a magazine run by undergraduates featuring the work of national writers.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 27, 2020

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words, three poems, or a piece of nonfiction. Submit through online submission system. See website for full guidelines.

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‘American Dirt’ was supposed to be a publishing triumph. What went wrong?

latimes.com – Sunday January 26, 2020

It was poised to be a blockbuster long before copies arrived in bookstores last week: a thrilling contemporary migration story following a mother and her son, desperate to cross Mexico and reach the United States.

Its publisher, Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan, paid a seven-figure advance after outbidding several competitors for the novel. It snagged a coveted selection in Oprah’s Book Club and had been shipped to key celebrity influencers, including Stephen King, Sandra Cisneros and Salma Hayek. A reported first run of 500,000 copies was printed. The film rights were sold.

But by week’s end, the novel “American Dirt” had garnered attention that its boosters likely didn’t expect: angry charges of cultural appropriation, stereotyping, insensitivity, and even racism against author Jeanine Cummins, who herself said in the book’s author’s note, “I was worried that, as a nonmigrant and non-Mexican, I had no business writing a book set almost entirely in Mexico, set entirely among migrants.”

Despite the backing of towering figures in American media, Cummins’ page-turning portrayal of a mother on the run is now at the center of the first bonafide literary controversy of the year, and is forcing a hard reflection on the state of Latinos in a cultural field that remains overwhelmingly white.

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New Literary Agent: Brenna Girard

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 26, 2020

Brenna is interested in unique nonfiction, particularly business books and cookbooks.

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Buchwald Adds Sola Fasehun and Tim Patricia As Literary Agents

deadline.com – Saturday January 25, 2020

Buchwald has hired Sola Fasehun and Tim Patricia to its motion picture and television literary departments, respectively.

Fasehun got her start working under Academy Award-winning producer Michael Phillips at Lighthouse Productions. She then spent six years as a film production, sales, and distribution consultant at Submarine Entertainment/Deluxe. She joins Buchwald from UTA, where, as a member of their team, she helped spearhead the agency’s Diversity initiative.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Elizabeth Bewley

firstwriter.com – Friday January 24, 2020

Represents young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction. Particularly interested in books that transport readers to foreign lands; explore family dynamics; and capture the feeling of first love.

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APA Agency Signs Agreement With The WGA – Update

deadline.com – Wednesday January 22, 2020

UPDATED with WGA and ATA statements and more details: Another full-service agency and Association of Talent Agents member, APA, has reached a deal with the WGA. The agency, which immediately will resume its representation of writers, also said it will bring the Television and Motion Picture Literary businesses together under the banner of APA Scripted Literary.

APA is the latest member of the Association of Talent Agents to break ranks and sign the guild’s new franchise agreement. Its deal comes just days after fellow full-service agency Gersh also signed with the WGA. The other four association members to make WGA deals are Buchwald, also a full-service agency; literary boutiques the Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston agency and the Kaplan Stahler Agency; and Pantheon. Non-ATA member Verve, also lit-focused, was the first mid-size agency to reach an agreement with the WGA last May.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 22, 2020

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Fantasy; Sci-Fi; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult

Publishes science fiction, cyberpunk, alternative histories, post apocalyptic and fantasy of novel length. Will consider exceptional works in other genres of fiction, or short story compilations of the above topics. Send query by email with 300-500 word summary and first 1,000 words as a text attachment. See website for full guidelines.

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22nd Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition

digitaljournal.com – Tuesday January 21, 2020

Is your script ready? Are you ready? Is it time to finally let your writing be shown to others?

Everyone has a story to tell and your screenplay can win $10,000 and be promoted for a year! The 22nd Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition is accepting screenplays.

Since all the judging is done, without knowing any details about the writer, it truly levels the playing field.  There are over 90 judges (producers, managers, and literary agents) who read your script and don’t know if you are a wine grower in France, a stay at home mom, or a hot shot film student from NYU.  

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