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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 19, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Short Stories; Sport; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary baseball magazine, publishing poems, fiction, prose, art, and book reviews relating to baseball. Potential contributors must publish a sample copy ($6) before submitting. See website for full guidelines.

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Writers, Editors, Illustrators, Publishers aim to create a book in 8 hours

jpost.com – Wednesday July 18, 2018

How long does it take to create a book from start to finish? For 44 authors, 33 illustrators and 29 editors, publishers and marketers gathering in Jerusalem Thursday night, they’re hoping the answer is eight hours.

The project, being hosted at the JVP Media Quarter, is the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Uriel Shuraki.

“Writing a book usually takes months or years,” Shuraki told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “And I decided to do it in one day – in eight hours, the length of a normal working day.”

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How to hook time-poor readers: 16 tips for publishers, booksellers and authors

thebookseller.com – Wednesday July 18, 2018

I’m a mom of four kids, and a book lover. These two facts don’t typically mesh too well. For years, the only time I could find to read was when I finally crawled, exhausted, under my covers at night. It would sometimes take months for me to get through even a short, mindless read. Many nights I’d have to backtrack a few pages because I couldn’t even remember what I’d read in my half-dazed, zonked state the night before. Short chapters were my savior.

It got to the point where I felt guilty buying books because I would never get through any of them. My book-buying slowed down, despite my interest in new releases. I felt like a book failure! In my most stressed out, time-short kid-raising moments, I needed to escape into someone else’s story more than ever, yet couldn’t figure out when and how to do it, or even what to read. And in today's frantic, information-overloaded world, I don't think this issue is restricted to moms.

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New edition of award-winning mystery writing guide

firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 18, 2018

A new, revised edition of G. Miki Hayden's award-winning guide for mystery writers has just been released, and is now available to buy both in print and as an ebook.

G. Miki Hayden is a long-time member and former board member of Mystery Writers of America, and regularly teaches a mystery writing workshop (and other courses) at Writer’s Digest online university. This third edition of her book, Writing the Mystery: A Start-to-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional, provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market. It includes practical exercises, guidance on how to approach agents and publishers and get your novel to market, and a whole new section on the self-publishing phenomenon that has exploded since the publication of the first edition.

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Noirwich Crime Writing Festival set to return for fifth year

edp24.co.uk – Tuesday July 17, 2018

Benjamin Black, Val McDermid, Nicci French and Paula Hawkins are among the authors taking part in the festival which will run from September 13 to 16.

Noirwich is run by the National Centre for Writing (formerly Writers’ Centre Norwich) and the University of East Anglia, and it will see events taking place across Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

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Writing about pop music is a novelist’s worst nightmare – and I should know

inews.co.uk – Tuesday July 17, 2018

For a writer in hot pursuit of that eye-catching new direction, there are not many greater challenges than the world of popular music. In fact, it isn’t going too far to say that from whichever historical vantage point you aim to examine the shambling behemoth of contemporary music, pop is both a novelist’s dream and a novelist’s nightmare: crammed with ready-made material, larger than-life characters, lurking tragedy and flagrant excess, yet simultaneously awash with protocols, jargon and technical detail that most newcomers to the scene will struggle to comprehend.

And then – even more problematic for an art-form that prefers solid subjects, where it can hunker down and modestly establish itself – there is pop’s built-in ephemerality, the suspicion that last year’s top ten smash will very likely be this year’s bargain bin-filler, the thought of an industry which is changing so rapidly that the whole edifice threatens to dissolve beneath the onlooker’s gaze. For the fan of the three-minute single, pop’s oddly provisional quality is part of its charm.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday July 16, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; 
Areas include: Adventure; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Crafts; Crime; Entertainment; Fantasy; Film; Health; Hobbies; How-to; Humour; Leisure; Lifestyle; Mystery; Nature; Psychology; Romance; Science; Self-Help; Short Stories; Technology; Thrillers; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Children's; Family; Professional; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; In-depth; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Satirical; Traditional

We are passionate about writing. We are excited about books.

We (initially) are here for women; women with finished manuscripts. A nautical theme is our favourite but we are keen to read any adventure/travel/inspirational story - fiction or nonfiction. Technical books are also invited. We have a team with vast experience in all aspects of boating - professionally and recreationally.

Read our FAQ on our website.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday July 13, 2018

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Arts; Culture; Short Stories; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult

Multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. Material may be in any style or form, or combination of forms. Submit five poems, two short stories or essays, OR one longer piece of up to 5,000 words, via online submission system.

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How to Write a Query Letter That Grabs an Agent’s Attention

authorlink.com – Tuesday July 10, 2018

In today’s chaotic marketplace how can you capture a literary agent’s attention and get him or her to request your manuscript?

Surprisingly, getting an agent to represent your work is not about you.

It’s about what motivates the agent to take you on, and in turn, what motivates the publisher to buy from that specific agent.

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Carnival scheme to foster writing talent

c21media.net – Monday July 9, 2018

Collective is a sequence of comprehensive training sessions that will provide guidance for emerging writers tailored to specific broadcaster-led briefs. Much like the writers’ room concept, it will also help scribes work on ideas in a collaborative environment.

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