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New Literary Agent Listing: Ellen Goff

firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 10, 2019

Interested in all genres and formats of YA, especially anything spooky, historical fiction, and graphic novels. She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern gothic stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

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Vicarious travels: On the travel writing genre

mancunion.com – Saturday December 7, 2019

Upon arriving at Waterstones there is one section we tend to flock to: fiction. We crave the idea of losing ourselves in others’ stories, travelling into our imagination. Whilst I’m an aficionado for the fictional, in recent months I’ve come across a new genre that allows us to explore the amazing and varied world we live in and follow the stories of real people’s adventures and experiences, of people’s subjective and varying experiences when travelling across the globe.

I’m now a strong advocate for the modern travel genre, and have a few recommendations for reading over the winter break.

Travel writing encompasses so many styles and sub-genres – the common characteristic is simply to give a new perspective on life, through stories of new places and cultures. It isn’t simply recommendations of where to go and what to see, like promotional travel magazines, but rather tales of real people going out and seeing the world.

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Major Talent Agencies Step Up Global Expansion As WGA Standoff Continues

deadline.com – Saturday December 7, 2019

The television business is becoming increasingly global, fueled by the rapid expansion of the major streaming platforms. That also goes for the major Hollywood talent agencies.

Reps have always looked for opportunities beyond the U.S. But now, because of the increased demand for locally produced international content, they have stepped up their efforts. Also factoring into the acceleration is the ongoing impasse (and legal battle) between the Big 4 talent agencies and the Writers Guild of America which in April ordered its members to fire their agents if they hadn’t signed the guild’s new Code of Conduct.

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Call for Names, Editors, and Contributors: Journal/Magazine of Fiction by Academics #CFP

patheos.com – Thursday December 5, 2019

I really shouldn’t start new projects. But I’ve had so many conversations recently with academics in my field about writing fiction that I think the time has come to do something about it. And so I’m going to be announcing soon the launch of a new periodical dedicated to fiction written by academics. This post aims mainly at gauging interest (and more specifically the kinds of interest there may be both from potential contributors and from potentially readers) and tackling a few initial questions that it is better to crowd source now.

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New Agent Listing: Mitchell Waters

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 5, 2019

Mitchell Waters represents a wide and diverse array of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction, including mystery, history, biography and memoir.  He is particularly drawn to historical fiction and voice-driven narratives, especially when both dark and humorous. He is also looking for realistic young adult fiction. He served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and is currently head of the membership committee. Query by email preferred.

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New Agent Listing: Jon Cobb

firstwriter.com – Thursday December 5, 2019

Jon reads all genres of fiction but has a particular interest in contemporary middle grade and YA, adult science fiction and fantasy, African-American fiction, literary fiction, and mysteries and thrillers.

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Curtis Brown Creative launches TV serial writing course

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 4, 2019

The Curtis Brown Creative writing school is launching a new course in writing an original TV drama serial.

Run in collaboration with Curtis Brown’ TV, film and theatre agents it promises expert teaching and masterclasses from TV directors, producers and showrunners at the firm’s central London offices.

The 18-week course, led by TV writer, playwright and former Birkbeck Professor Colin Teevan, starts in March.

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Point of View Quickly Brings a Story to Life

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

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 4, 2019

Intimacy with characters will hook your readers

A close point of view, whether first person or third, will supply the inner meaning to a story. Such an intimate point of view brings to any piece of fiction insight, warmth, understandable human foibles, and an empathetic reader attraction to the character. This “limited” point of view facilitates a direct transmission of emotion. Without such a specific character perspective, all the readers have to enlighten them is outer description—although externals can, of course, go a long way to pointing to feeling and shoring up emotional declarations.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 4, 2019

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Humour; Science; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult

Magazine for scientists and non-scientists, publishing profiles, interviews, essays, humour, cartoons, reviews, poetry, and fiction related to science (but no science fiction). Send submissions by email.

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New Literary Agency Listing: The Bravo Blue Agency

firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 4, 2019

"We are on the lookout for brilliantly written, original and commercial works of children’s and young adult fiction, narrative non-fiction, literary novels and genre fiction. We believe in a great story over and above everything else, and we have a soft spot for the delightfully macabre."

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