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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday March 1, 2019

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult; Youth

Represents a range of authors, from journalism and academic non-fiction, to genre fiction and fiction for young adults. No poetry, self-help or lifestyle books, picture books, or romance novels. See website for full guidelines.

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To Prescribe or Not to Prescribe: My Unsolicited Writing Advice

swarthmorephoenix.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

There is no one way to write. End of sentence. Fullstop. The level of self-righteous prescriptivism within the realm of writing frustrates me to no end, and in my experience as a writer, absolutist advice is oftentimes the worst advice of all. In fact, absolutist advice isn’t advice at all, but rather, a command, as if to say, “You have to write in a certain way to let me justify my own beliefs about the proper way to write.” To express my frustration at literary prescriptivists, I compiled this list of the five best and worst tidbits of writing advice that I’ve ever received. (A bit hypocritical? Maybe.) Of course, not every piece of advice will suit every person’s writing, but following the good tips and maintaining a level of skepticism for the bad ones has allowed me, personally, to develop my craft.

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Max Edwards launches new agency Apple Tree Literary

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

Max Edwards has left Mulcahy Associates to form his own agency, Apple Tree Literary, focusing on non-fiction and genre fiction.

Edwards worked previously as assistant at United Agents and Rogers, Coleridge and White alongside agent Natasha Fairweather, before joining Mulcahy Associates at the end of 2017 as an agent.

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Lindsay Literary Agency scholarship for 'under-represented' author returns

thebookseller.com – Thursday February 28, 2019

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival for a children’s author from an “under-represented” background for the second year running.

Launched last year, any author without an agent from the UK or Ireland can apply if they are LGBTQ+, from a BME background, disabled or from a ethnic, cultural or religious minority. Applicants can be unpublished but must be writing children’s fiction (YA or middle grade).

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 27, 2019

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

Publishes work from a wide range of voices. Particularly interested in hearing from writers historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: people of colour, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQIA+, women, and others. Check website for specific reading periods and submit prose up to 30 double-spaced pages or 3-5 poems by post with SAE or using online system ($3 charge). No hard copy submissions from outside the US.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 27, 2019

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Politics; Romance; Science; Sci-Fi; Thrillers
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Literary; Popular

Send query by email only. No physical submissions. See website for individual agent interests and contact details.

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LAW and Factual Management launch The Soho Agency

thebookseller.com – Tuesday February 26, 2019

Literary agents Lucas Alexander Whitley and Factual Management have merged their staff together to form the Soho Agency.

The organisations initially joined forces in 2017 and said they had now brought together their literary and talent management into the new organisation. Staff will work out of the office in Wardour Mews, Soho, they first moved to eight months ago.

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Agent as editor

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 26, 2019

Agent as editor. An oxymoron?

Some authors want their agents to act as first editor of the book and some don’t. Often agents will suggest changes even before they accept the writer as a client. Then you’re the one who will have to decide how badly you want that person to represent you. 

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 26, 2019

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

A traditional publisher specialising in all ages of children's books from toddler to young adult.

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Avoid These Bad Habits in Your Writing

lifehacker.com – Tuesday February 19, 2019

The top copy editor at Random House has a book out about what you should and shouldn’t do in your writing, and people are already arguing about it. All writing advice is relative, because language is not physics, it’s something people made up. That doesn’t mean writing advice is useless, so if you like to write and are trying to get better at it, you should read this excerpt from Benjamin Dreyer’s book Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.

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