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You Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go Broke

slate.com – Wednesday January 11, 2017

In 2012, a month after the publication of her memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed was on a book tour, soaking up the wonder of her first big success as an author, when her husband texted her to say that their rent check had bounced. “We couldn’t complain to anyone,” Strayed told Manjula Martin, editor of the new anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living: “My book is on the New York Times best-seller list right now and we do not have any money in our checking account.”

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 11, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Literature; Media; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Professional; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

An independent international quarterly publication, based in New York and Lisbon. Founded in 2015, the magazine's aim is to publish quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and photography, as well as interviews, articles, and book reviews, written in English and Portuguese. Most of our content comes from unsolicited submissions. 

We publish print, digital, and online editions of our magazine four times a year, in Fall (September), Winter (December), Spring (March), and Summer (June). The online edition is updated continuously. There are no charges for reading the magazine online.

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5 ways to proofread your writing

poynter.org – Tuesday January 10, 2017

Mistakes can lurk in your writing, whether it's a story, article, blurb, e-book, caption, tweet, menu, flier, Facebook status, blog post, script, advertisement, graphic novel, comic, brochure, editorial, email, manifesto, letter, birthday card, bumper sticker, wedding invitation, classified ad or graffiti.

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What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers

irishtimes.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017

This time last year Sarah Davis-Goff of Irish publisher Tramp Press wrote an Irish Times article predicting success for independent publishers in 2016. She was right. Oneworld had a second Man Booker Prize winner in a row with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following their 2015 success, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Two-man publisher Contraband had a Man Booker shortlisted bestseller in Graham Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project while Salt’s Belfast author Paul McVeigh won the Polari Prize for The Good Son. Independent publishing now has a reputation for being at the forefront of scouting out new literary talent.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction of any genre for Middle Grade and Young Adult audiences. Accepts submissions from Canadian writers only, but seeks to appeal to a worldwide market. No adult fiction, holiday stories, graphic novels, poetry, short stories, illustrations, picture books, nonfiction, erotica, or previously published work (including self-published material). Send query with CV, one-page synopsis, and first three chapters by email. See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 9, 2017

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

Literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems or prose up to 5,000 words between August 1 and November 1 annually, via online submission system. No postal submissions. $250 awarded to one piece selected from each category.

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Revealed: The line-up for Aberdeen’s new crime writing festival, Granite Noir

pressandjournal.co.uk – Sunday January 8, 2017

Some of the most celebrated talent from the Nordic Noir scene will join Scotland’s own Tartan Noir authors for Granite Noir, which takes place in the city from February 24-26.

Among the names from the Nordic Noir genre will be Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen, Sweden’s Kristina Ohlsson and Thomas Rydahl from Denmark.

Already announced as headliners are renowned crime writers Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre – as well as the north-east’s very own crime fiction stalwart Stuart MacBride.

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Beaumont seeks 'under-represented' voices after move to Marjacq

thebookseller.com – Saturday January 7, 2017

Diana Beaumont is keen to seek voices currently “under-represented” in the literary community in her new role at the Marjacq Scripts literary agency.

Beaumont joined the Holborn-based firm this week from United Talent Agency (UTA), bringing her client list with her.

She told The Bookseller she was “thrilled” to be joining Marjacq at a time the agency was expanding, with her addition bringing the company’s number of agents to five.

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Diana Beaumont leaves UTA as it winds down UK literary operation

thebookseller.com – Friday January 6, 2017

Literary agent Diana Beaumont is leaving the United Talent Agency (UTA) to join Marjacq Scripts Ltd, bringing her clients with her.

The move, which follows the departure of Juliet Mushens to set up her own agency with Robert Caskie and Sarah Manning's shift to the Bent Agency this week, has coincided with UTA's decision to wind down its literary operation in the UK, The Bookseller can confirm.

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Rights Agent

jobs.thebookseller.com – Wednesday January 4, 2017

A wonderful opportunity to be a key player in a vibrant literary agency with a reputation for launching the careers of debut writers on a global level. 

Madeleine Milburn Ltd is looking for a highly organised, proactive and dynamic Rights Agent to join the agency's Mayfair office.  The successful applicant will be an avid reader, have excellent attention to detail, strong pitching skills and a willingness to get involved with everything at this boutique yet highly successful, expanding agency.

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