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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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Blockbuster author James Patterson to visit UK for crime writing festival

home.bt.com – Monday February 18, 2019

American author James Patterson will make his first visit to the Theakston Old Peculier crime writing festival later this year, it has been announced.

The event, which is described as the world’s biggest celebration of the crime genre, will also feature an appearance by Bodyguard and Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and will see Safe author Harlan Coben in conversation with Rebus creator Ian Rankin.

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'Write what you know' is essential

theboar.org – Monday February 18, 2019

I am a firm believer in write what you know. If you are planning to write about something you have no experience of, it will show in your characters and in your plot line. Why not just go and experience it? However, I know there are limits. Fantasy is one genre particularly affected by the statement ‘write what you know’, because how can you know about something that doesn’t exist? Personal experience can only go so far.

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Writing a Book: It’s Harder than You Think

goodmenproject.com – Sunday February 17, 2019

If I have heard it once, I have heard it one hundred times. “I can write better than that. I will just write my own book.” Or another one is “that book had so many grammatical errors. I can do better than that.”

The same mantra goes for web articles, blogs, case studies, and more. However, let’s look at this realistically. Writing a book is a lot harder than you think. It takes longer, saps more of your energy, and requires a determination that frankly, most people don’t have, at least not for writing. I’ve written 12 so far, and I can tell you this for sure. It doesn’t get any easier.

So, what is it like to actually write a book, front to back, opening to the end? Here are a few reasons writing a book is harder than you think.

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Bestselling authors “spread their wings and challenge themselves,” an interview with authors Sara Connell & A.G. Howard

thriveglobal.com – Tuesday February 12, 2019

As part of my series on the “5 Things You Need to Know to Write a Bestselling Book,” I had the pleasure of interviewing A.G. Howard.

A.G. Howard, the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult retellings and adaptations. Her titles include theSplintered series,a gothic Alice in Wonderland spin-off; RoseBlood, a Phantom of the Opera–inspired adaptation; and her latest release, Stain, a gritty fairy tale/high fantasy inspired by The Princess and the Pea.

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I’m not the grammar police. But writing well is an act of resistance.

washingtonpost.com – Saturday February 9, 2019

Spend more than a few minutes in the word business — I’ve spent going on 30 years in it, as a proofreader, copy editor, publishing-house copy chief and, recently, the author of a guide to writing style — and you’ll quickly learn that the English language, to say nothing of its practitioners, is irrational, irregular and anarchic. You can choose either to embrace that or to rail against it, but I assure you that the former is more fun and less taxing.

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