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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Women's Interests; 
Markets: Youth; 
Preferred styles: Positive

Inspirational magazine for young women aged 12-19, devoted to "discovering magic in the ordinary". Interested in hearing from writers and photographers who fall within the target age range; young women aged 12 to 19 interested in being part of a special focus group where they will help generate ideas for content as well as provide feedback on potential topics, designs, and stories; parents of young women in this age range willing to share what kinds of content they would like their daughters to read; and parents who can write thoughtful, reflective articles geared toward young women in this age group.

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Amazon's Naggar tells publishers to slash e-book prices

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

Amazon’s publishing chief David Naggar has said publishers should slash their e-book prices to 99p to sell more books. However, publishers have retorted that this move would be “economically unwise” and would damage the whole book supply chain.

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Countdown to Wigtown Book Festival

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

The Wigtown Book Festival is upon us later this month (22 Sept to 1 Oct 2017).

This year's programme contains a host of literary goodies - from Andrew O'Hagan, Bella Bathurst, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Greig (all Sat 23 Sept) to the award-winning Kapka Kassabova (Sun 1 Oct), Dame Denise Mina (Sept 30), Chris Brookmyre (25 Sept) and former Guardian foreign editor Charlie English's acclaimed The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (Sat 30 Sept) .

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

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

Authors wishing to submit should first try and publish a short piece through associated magazine. Particularly interested in work that builds on the archival narrative of the press and magazine, and that challenges and subverts the usual notions of author vs book; fiction vs poetry; text vs image - particularly collaborative, anonymous and self-authored art/text hybrids. Not interested in straight up story-telling or verse poetry. Submit by email only.

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Can't Punctuate Dialogue? Consider the Sentence

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

firstwriter.com – Monday September 4, 2017

Whereas everyone is welcome to write without a clue - you do have a computer, after all - unless you start with a strong foundation and build from there, your lack of understanding is going to cost you. 

Recently, a student of mine expressed strong irritation when I suggested she learn to punctuate. Yes, I really am that annoying person. Well, the next time I went through her writing, I restrained myself from spending the time and effort on such minor matters as how her sentences were put together. I should simply presume people will be happy to pay for an edit rather than learn some of the basics of writing.

I thought I might start here with the sentence, really for a reason that has to do with punctuating dialogue - the issue on my mind right now. Why? Because while line editing, I've found so many examples of a certain glitch that boils down to a mere misunderstanding of what a sentence is.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 4, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Children's

Handles fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages, including picture books. Also represents illustrators. Welcomes submissions from debut and established authors and illustrators. Send query by email only, with cover letter, synopsis, and full ms as separate Word file attachments. See website for individual agent details and interests and approach one agent only. Aims to respond to every submission, within six weeks.

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The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey ... children’s books boom

theguardian.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Once upon a time, nine-year-old bookworms used to curl up with Little Women, or burrow under the bedclothes with a torch to read Swallows and Amazons after hours. Childhood reading was an idyll in a walled garden and books forever shaped the landscape of our minds.

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Sundress Academy for the Arts Applications for Spring Artist Residencies

sundressacademyforthearts.com – Sunday September 3, 2017

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists' residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more for the Spring of 2018. Each residency includes a room of one's own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet. The length of a residency can range from one to three weeks. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for our spring residency period, which runs from January 1st to May 6th, 2018. The deadline for spring residency applications is September 10th, 2017.

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DHH Literary Agency to hold second pitching round

thebookseller.com – Saturday September 2, 2017

DHH Literary Agency is holding its second round of pitching sessions for unrepresented writers in November.

With a view to finding new clients, and following its first successful session held in April this year, five agents will be available for a 10-minute slot for an individual writers to pitch their story and receive "honest and valuable" feedback. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 27th November at Browns on St. Martins Lane in central London.

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London Startup Uses Technology To Open Up The World Of Book Publishing

forbes.com – Friday September 1, 2017

Emmanuel Nataf has a simple mission: “I want more people to share their ideas with the world.”

That’s why three years ago, the Frenchman moved to London and co-founded Reedsy, a curated marketplace for authors to find publishing professionals to help bring their book to life.  While Paris may have Station F now, Nataf saw opportunity in the British capital thanks to the concentration of publishers, writers, and investors.

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