8 Short Story Writing Tips from a Dean of Creative Writing
snhu.edu – Tuesday February 13, 2018
I love stories. It's safe to assume that applies to all fiction writers. Novels allow us to weave complex narratives that evoke authentic worlds and intriguing characters. The benefit of a novel is that it gives a writer the time and space to build a fictional, yet believable, world. It can also be argued that it gives writers too much time and space.
Short stories can also contain rich settings and compelling characters, but they force efficiency upon a writer. While this might seem frightening at first, I find that the confines of a short story often boil the work down to its most important, and compelling, parts.
So, where do you start? There is no magic formula, and each writer follows his or her own unique process, but I hold to eight general guidelines when sitting down to draft a short story.
ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class
hollywoodreporter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018
ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Current Affairs; Entertainment; Lifestyle; Literature; Photography; Politics; Psychology; Religious; Self-Help; Short Stories; Sociology; Spiritual; Technology;
Markets: Academic; Adult; Family; Professional; Youth;
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Experimental; Literary; Progressive; Serious; Traditional
A Utah-based online magazine of literature and art, aiming to confront issues of identity, such as gender, race, class, religion, intersectionality, internet identity, and culture. We want to give artists and authors a space to reveal everything about the human experience - the good, bad, ugly, and everything in between.
Nosy Crow scoops five nominations for IPG Awards
thebookseller.com – Monday February 12, 2018
Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury have dominated the IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists alongside various radical publishers such as Verso and Zed Books.
Nosy Crow has scooped five nominations in four of the 12 categories, while Bloomsbury is nominated three times.
Class Publishing, Kogan Page, Otter-Barry Books and SPCK all have two nominations across the shortlists while 10 publishers—Boydell & Brewer, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Hurst Publishers, Little Tiger Group, Old Barn Books, Otter-Barry Books, Pluto Press, Verso and Zed Books—appear on the shortlists for the first time.
Is Regan Arts Pivoting or Sputtering?
publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 10, 2018
When it launched in 2013, Regan Arts was touted as a multimedia venture that would produce an array of entertainment properties with a focus on what its publisher, Judith Regan, knew best: books. Although the house got off to a promising start, publishing insiders say things have changed. After staff reductions, softening print book sales, and a number of canceled projects, alarms have been going off in publishing circles. For her part, Regan, who declined to talk directly to PW for this story, said through her lawyer that it’s business as usual. For a number of literary agents, who claim their clients have had their titles unceremoniously dropped, it’s no such thing.
John McPhee's writing advice, why you should go to a writing workshop and David Bowie's reading list
abc.net.au – Tuesday February 6, 2018
We sit down for a writing class with Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed non-fiction author John McPhee.
The New Yorker writer is best-known for his meticulously-researched and wonderfully evocative pieces about everything from conservation, to basketball, to one book all about oranges!
His latest book, Draft No. 4, details his writing process – including the strange maps and one-of-a-kind computer system that are integral to his process.
New Literary Agency Listing
firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 6, 2018
Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Humour; Lifestyle
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Send query by email with 20 pages of your ms, in the body of an email. No attachments or hard copy submissions. See website for more details, and specific agent interests and contact details.
New Magazine Listing
firstwriter.com – Monday February 5, 2018
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes poetry and fiction, with a particular (but not exclusive) interest in work which makes reference to the Pacific / Asia / Polynesia / Hawai'i. Send complete ms with SASE. No submissions by email.
Romance fiction authors reveal their secrets to writing about love and sex
perthnow.com.au – Saturday February 3, 2018
THE age of the alpha hole — the brooding, brutish alpha male that would set hearts aflutter in the bodice-rippers of yore — is over. The nice guys have won.
These days, the men steaming up the pages of romantic fiction are single dads, emotionally vulnerable Regency lords and bikies yearning to swap guns for groceries.
5 Writing Tips: Laura Lippman
publishersweekly.com – Friday February 2, 2018
Writing is a sedentary gig unless one has a treadmill desk. But I have long believed writing and working out are complementary disciplines. And it's not just that moving counterbalances the effects of sitting in a chair for so many hours every day. I've long believed that the work-out life has lessons for the writing life. I've "solved" a lot of books while at the gym, in part because I'm not trying to solve them at that precise moment. When you're loose, focusing on a physical task, it's amazing what can happen in your head. And it turns out that a lot of advice given to people who want to exercise will also work for those trying to establish a writing routine.