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What it really takes to be a writer, according to Roald Dahl

stylist.co.uk – Friday September 13, 2019

Ever dreamed of becoming a great writer? We’re pretty willing to bet that almost anyone reading this page has, at some point, felt a story bubbling up inside of them… but that, for whatever reason, they decided not to sit down and put pen to paper.

Of course, it’s not exactly unusual that so many of us have been scared off. After all, writing is hard work. Indeed, looking back on his years as a writer in Boy: Tales of ChildhoodRoald Dahl contended that “two hours of writing fiction leaves this particular writer absolutely drained”. 

The celebrated author continued: “For those two hours he has been miles away, he has been somewhere else, in a different place with totally different people, and the effort of swimming back into normal surroundings is very great. It is almost a shock.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 13, 2019

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

Online literary journal. Send up to five poems or two pieces of fiction or nonfiction (up to 1,000 words) in a Word document attachment.

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Events, dear boy … the reality of life as a children’s writer

irishtimes.com – Thursday September 12, 2019

When you imagine the life of a writer, you probably see us shut away in a room at a desk, scribbling or typing furiously, or staring into space hoping for inspiration. But if you write for children, you are likely to spend a good bit of your working life meeting your readers. At certain times of the year - especially now, with new books hitting the shelves for autumn and Children’s Book Festival on the horizon – writers can have a full timetable of events that leave them barely enough time to actually write.

I have two new books for children coming out this autumn – Laura’s Spooky Show has just hit the shelves, and Reindeer Down, a Christmas story for younger readers, will be published by the O’Brien Press in October. It’s exciting to be embarking on a new round of visits to schools, libraries and bookshops. Exciting, and terrifying.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 12, 2019

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

Contemporary poetry journal accepting submissions from anywhere in the world, though particularly encouraged from Fenland. No line limits. Send up to six poems by post only with SASE. No email submissions.

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Book publisher Gomer Press to 'wind down' publishing arm

uk-wales-49652287 – Wednesday September 11, 2019

One of Wales' largest publishing houses is to "wind down" publishing new works to focus on printing, its bosses say.

Gomer Press, set up in 1892 and based in Ceredigion, has about 3,500 titles in print in English and Welsh.

It said the decision followed a strategic review, "thus ensuring the future" of its 55 employees, but authors called it a "sad" move.

Gomer said it would continue working with authors and the Books Council of Wales to publish scheduled titles.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 11, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Feminist magazine. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines.

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CAA Hires Cindy Uh As Agent In Books Department

deadline.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Cindy Uh has joined CAA as an Agent in the Books department.

Uh moves to CAA following a four-and-a-half-year stint at Thompson Literary Agency, where she represented a range of nonfiction authors in the categories of memoir, politics, food, business, health and wellness, and lifestyle.

She has also consistently been ranked one of the top agents for illustrated/art projects.

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Who is Kanishka Gupta? A book magician of sorts

uk.style.yahoo.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Ever spare a thought for how millions of Indian readers get their hands on a variety of amazing books? A great idea or story still needs to be considered by a publisher to make it to the shelves. A lot happens behind the scenes before a book sees the light of the day, and that's where the role of a competent agent becomes critical.

An aspiring author and a college dropout, Kanishka Gupta met with several disappointments with regards to finding the right publisher for his own manuscript. The agency he opted to go along with turned out to be phony, which left him further exasperated. When he didn't receive much guidance for his manuscript himself, he founded an assessment agency, Writer's Side, to systemise publishing. A one-of-its kind agency, Writer's Side brought immense success to Kanishka, the benefits of which he hopes to extend to authors worldwide. As Writer's Side completes 10 years, he has secured over 500 book deals for his authors. As of 2019, he represents over 400 authors from across the world.

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How to Get Started in Freelance Writing

chronicle.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

The first essay I ever published online, "Coding ‘White Trash’ in Academia," was a rant I drafted in a few hours — about how my rural, small-town origins often left me feeling out of place in academic circles. I wasn’t thinking about publishing it. I saved it on my computer and forgot about it for months.

Then a friend mentioned that an online magazine was looking for submissions. I sent in my draft and it ended up being the first of many things I would write during graduate school for readers beyond my field. I wasn’t paid for that post. But in the five years since, I’ve gone from drafting tiny one-off articles for up-and-coming websites to writing longer, more substantive pieces in national magazines — and getting paid for it.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; Romance;
Markets: Adult

Publishes erotic and paranormal romance ebooks. See website for full submission guidelines.

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