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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 4, 2018

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

Publishes modern, literary poetry. Send submissions by email, but no attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 3, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Children's; Youth

Independent literary agency providing career management for experienced and aspiring authors and illustrators of children’s literature. Actively seeking talented writers and illustrators of all genres of children’s literature including picture books, early readers, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels and comic books as well as young adult fiction and nonfiction. See website for full submission guidelines.

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2018 Book Publishing Predictions - Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence?

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday January 2, 2018

Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation.

Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the heck is going to happen next.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 2, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult

Actively seeking submissions from new and established writers. Very broad tastes and interests in both fiction and nonfiction across genres, subjects and ages, but no poetry, screenplays, or children's books. See website for full submission guidelines and online submission form.

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Why should we subsidise writers who have lost the plot?

theguardian.com – Monday January 1, 2018

Following the announcement from Arts Council England that sales of literary fiction are plummeting, it is suggested that arts subsidies be deployed to help writers survive. I have another idea. They should write better books.

I barely read literary fiction any more. When I do it is almost always American writers: Michael ChabonJonathan FranzenAnne TylerDonna Tartt. Not only are the aforementioned brilliant writers, they are accomplished storytellers. But here, the form of storytelling and literary novel writing has become largely divorced.

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Interesting Video on “The Basics of Writing a Screenplay”

tvovermind.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

This interesting video on the basics of writing a screenplay is something that a lot of aspiring screenwriters should think about watching if they’re serious about getting their story noticed and made into a film by someone that is looking for an engaging story. Having written a few myself, but obviously never having sold one yet, this kind of a lot of review but it’s still something I think that anyone with an interest would be wise to look at. One thing you have to remember about a screenplay however is that it’s not a book. You’re not writing prose, and as a result you don’t need to be that descriptive. Instead of writing to create pages and expanded content you’re writing to create something concrete that can be filmed and idealized by those that read the script.

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PW's Top Publishing News Stories of 2017

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

A canceled book deal, Amazon buy buttons, and sexual harassment were among the big news stories this past year.

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Bloodhound Books - A Crime Fiction Publisher That’s Killing It

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

Since I launched into the publishing industry in 2007, I have seen it morph from traditional publishers holding the reins to self-published authors trying to make a name for themselves to the newer model of independent (also known as hybrid) publishers finding a balance and niche between it all.

Today, it’s the independent publishers that are making their mark on the industry by offering a safe-haven for authors to see their books published in a professional manner without the worries of landing an agent and a deal with a big publishing house. With the right independent publishing company, marketing, and social media approach, many authors are doing quite well with this route.

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Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

bbc.co.uk – Sunday December 31, 2017

US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 'alphabet mystery' novels, has died aged 77.

Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

"She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve," she said.

Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.

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How to Write a Great Book Fast—From the Author of 47

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

Is writing a book one of your goals for the new year? If so, these 10 tips can make the difference between dickering and done.

Now that I’m 47 full-length books down the road (all sold to major publishing houses), plus more than a dozen other compilations, I can attest that these principles work. A couple of my books were written in two days. The longest (95,000 words) took me 28 days to write. Several have been book club selections and won literary awards. Writing fast does NOT mean cutting corners on quality.

Here’s hoping these same tips will be helpful to you as you write your first or next book!

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