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What Is A Book Coach? A Guide To Seeking And Becoming One

bookriot.com – Friday October 4, 2019

Are you still scratching your head trying to work out just what exactly a book coach is?

Here’s the scenario:

You’ve got a great idea for a book, you read copiously, and you’re a pretty talented writer (if you say so yourself). You’ve read On Writing by Stephen King and The Writing Life by Annie Dillard and you’re acquainted with copious theories on plot and pacing and characterisation, but you just can’t seem to get that New York Times bestselling book from your head to paper.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 4, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes work by young writers aged 13-22, including novels, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, short stories, and one-act plays. See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 4, 2019

Publishes: Essays; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Literature;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Magazine dedicated to publishing long poems and sequences. Publishes unpublished poems of at least 75 lines (but no book length poems). Also publishes essays on aspects of the long poem and reviews of books featuring long poems or sequences. Send submissions by email as Word file attachments. Does not accept poems submitted in the body of emails. See website for full guidelines and submission months. Poems submitted outside submission months will be discarded.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jan Baumer

firstwriter.com – Friday October 4, 2019

Fiction > Novels
Allegory; Literary

Nonfiction > Books
Business; Health; Memoirs; Parenting; Religion; Self Help; Spirituality; Wellbeing

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Mango Publishing Acquires Red Wheel/Weiser's Conari Press

publishersweekly.com – Thursday October 3, 2019

Miami-based Mango Publishing has acquired Red Wheel/Weiser imprint Conari Press. The deal, which involved closee to 300 titles, closed on Tuesday.

Conari, founded in 1987, publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues. Mango associate publisher Brenda Knight previously held the same position at Conari, and will now oversee the imprint at Mango. "I am excited to get to work with these wonderful writers and thinkers again,” Knight said. Plans call for Conari to do about 10 books annually.

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2020 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 3, 2019

The 2020 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2019 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 1, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Markets: Academic; Adult

University press aiming to cut across disciplinary boundaries and blur the distinctions between theory, practice, fiction and nonfiction. See website for proposal forms and submit by email.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 1, 2019

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Horror;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Webzine publishing fiction and poetry. Seeks cutting edge, hardboiled, horror, literary, noir, psychological / horror. No fanfiction, romance, swords & sorcery, fantasy, or erotica. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines.

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Chris Hammer: 'I am a serial killer. I kill my darlings left, right and centre'

theguardian.com – Sunday September 29, 2019

Chris Hammer’s career as a political advisor was meteoric and very, very short.

Three weeks after he started a job with Labor MP Stephen Jones, he got “this fantastic book deal”. “I was laughing and crying, it was just unbelievable,” he says.

That was a Friday. On the Monday, he resigned. “Stephen was most gracious about it all.”

Shortly after that, the international and television rights to Scrublands, Hammer’s debut novel, were sold. Overnight he had became that rare, elusive thing: a writer who could make a decent living from fiction. Yet even now he has difficulty calling himself an author. “It is even more difficult to say I am a novelist,” he tells Guardian Australia.

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Corvisiero Literary Agency Presents Authorpreneur Workshop, 9/28/2019 @ The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ

centraljersey.com – Sunday September 29, 2019

Corvisiero Literary Agency presents its third annual Authorpreneur Workshop – By The River on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, New Jersey. There will be a full day of classes that will inform participants on everything they need to learn regarding editing a manuscript, pitching to agents and editors, demystifying publishing deals and developing the successful author mindset. The event will conclude with a networking mixer in the Pearl Lounge. Registration is $220. Pitching session with agents and editors, query critiques, first ten page evaluations with an editor and coaching sessions will also be available for an additional fee.  Refreshments and a deli-style lunch are included.

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