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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 7, 2017

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

See website for individual agent interests, and submit using online submission system.

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Book doulas: the new way to push your writing into the world

theguardian.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

“Are book doulas a thing?” asks a writer I know. “I’d love to get one.”

Book doulas are a thing, because where there is a need, there is a service. Traditionally, they were non-medically trained professionals who cared for the emotional wellbeing of women in labour. These days, doulas are used in many other contexts where you may need someone to ease you through a process and provide emotional support, for instance abortion, divorce, death – and, now, for writing books.

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Call for Submissions from cahoodaloodaling

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

Issue #24 – Solitude’s Spectrum

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Hemingway

Solitude—whether alone on the road in a car, train, motel room, or a  forest trail, or even secluded and tucked away in your home, whether  it’s a welcomed moment of peacefulness or a lonely state of  despair—times of solitude shape us, recharge us, and break us down to  our essence. Sometimes we choose to step away from the world. Sometimes  the world breaks us and casts us aside. In those moments alone, if we  make the choice to continue and create, true artists are born. We cross a  border we cannot uncross and heal through our words, finding  ourselves—and sometimes finding new selves in the process. As Hemingway  said, sometimes we’re strong in those broken places, and sometimes we’re  not. Sometimes that jagged broken part affects us forever afterward.

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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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