Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice
wildhunt.org – Wednesday January 4, 2017
The new year has been rung in and resolutions have been made and, for many, high on the list of resolutions is to finish writing a book and have it published. This is, would be their first attempt at becoming a professional author. While there are many resources devoted to the budding writer, there isn’t much specific to publishers who work with Pagan, Heathen, and other occult topics.
The Wild Hunt spoke with several publishers about the kinds of books that they are looking for this year and what common mistakes prevent a book from being accepted. They offer some helpful and direct advice for budding authors.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes fiction. Send cover letter and up to 30 pages or three chapters of your work via online submission system.
Entries open for comedy writing contest
chortle.co.uk – Sunday January 1, 2017
Entries have opened for the first comedy writing award set up in honour of Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs.
Comedy producers, performers and friends of the writer contributed to a memorial trust. which is now offering a £500 first prize to the winner of this competition.
Tributes paid to agent David Miller
thebookseller.com – Saturday December 31, 2016
Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.
In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December. David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.
The Kindle Effect
fortune.com – Friday December 30, 2016
Consider the metamorphosis of self-publishing. For decades it was dismissed as the desperate refuge of authors rejected by publishing houses, wannabes who paid a fee to a musty vanity press that would dutifully typeset their words and transform them into a few boxes of books that the “writers” could hand out to their friends.
Today, thanks to ebooks and Amazon (AMZN, -2.02%), self-publishing is a global phenomenon—an independent route intentionally chosen by more and more authors—that has spawned not only mega-bestsellers like Fifty Shades of Grey, but also hits in other realms, such as the movie version of The Martian. Ebook self-publishing has become a $1 billion industry.
Make this the year you finally write your book
mprnews.org – Friday December 30, 2016
According to a New York Times op-ed from over a decade ago, "81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them."
If that's still true today, there's almost 200 million American adults roaming the country, dreaming of the novels and memoirs and cookbooks they have yet to write. If even a quarter of them ever move on to the actual writing stage, our bookstores are going to explode.
Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?
9to5google.com – Thursday December 29, 2016
Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…
Irish novelist Elizabeth Reapy give her tips on writing a page-turner
irishpost.co.uk – Thursday December 29, 2016
FIRST-TIME novelist Elizabeth Reapy’s debut Red Dirt is a thrilling piece of fiction based on the lives of three Irish emigrants attempting to find their way in Australia.
Here, the Co. Mayo-based author tells Fiona Audley her top tips for any prospective writers…
Rob Carlson, Agent to Top Screenwriters and Directors, Joins UTA
sfgate.com – Wednesday December 28, 2016
Rob Carlson, a motion picture literary agent whose clients include Hasbro, Michael Bay and Jon M. Chu, has joined UTA, the agency announced in a Tuesday statement.
Carlson, who reps some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, comes from WME, where he began his career in the mailroom and worked for 25 years. He spent eight years as a TV packaging agent before transitioning into movies.
Rick Pascocello joins Glass Literary Management
firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 27, 2016
Rick Pascocello has joined the boutique literary agency, Glass Literary Management, as a literary agent. Rick previously worked at Penguin Random House for 23 years, where he was Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing.