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BookLeaf Publishing’s 21-Day Writing Challenge aims to encourage expression & daily writing

theprint.in – Wednesday December 22, 2021

Research says it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. And this maxim is what BookLeaf Publishing banks upon to initiate one to a new habit — writing. With its 21-Day Writing Challenge, BookLeaf Publishing hopes to spur authors into writing their hearts out and to continue doing so even post this three week period, a habit that’s meant to stay.

Once a participant registers for the challenge, they are supposed to submit a write-up — poems, diary entries, haiku, quotes, etc. — every day for 21 days. The team then compiles these write-ups into a draft and helps the author out with formatting, editing and illustrations, if the author so chooses, before proceeding with the book’s publishing. A consultant gets assigned to the author right at the beginning to make the entire process seamless and one-stop.

The idea for the challenge was born of a short survey the company conducted amongst its team members and authors who’d worked with the company earlier. “We realised that although close to 80 per cent of the respondents wrote in some form or the other, only about 15 per cent of them wrote regularly as a habit. We wanted to change that,” says Musavir Khurshid, CEO of BookLeaf Publishing.

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Aspen Words Announces New SF/F Writing Workshop

locusmag.com – Tuesday December 21, 2021

Aspen Words, a longstanding literary program of the Aspen Institute, has announced the addition of a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Workshop, led by author Fonda Lee, expanding their current workshop offerings into genre literature.

The workshop is sponsored by the General Motors’ Future Fiction Collective, which “aims to decolonize the sci-fi/fantasy genre by increasing the diversity of authors and readers in STEM based literature.” They will provide 10 scholarships for writers to participate in the workshop with a focus of “including underrepresented groups and creating a diverse class.”

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Strange and Janson-Smith join Gleam Futures

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 15, 2021

Adam Strange has joined Gleam Futures as head of publishing while Oscar Janson-Smith has been appointed as literary agent.

Strange (pictured above) arrives at the titles division of the talent management and influencer marketing company after three years running publishing consultancy Strange Media. Before this, he spent 12 years as publisher of the Sphere non-fiction list at Little, Brown, where he worked with a wide variety of authors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rafael Nadal, Billy Connolly, Val McDermid, Richard Herring and Kevin Pietersen, and with brands ranging from Candy Crush to "The Great British Bake Off".  

In his new role, Strange will represent the publishing activities of the agency’s roster of more than 50 entertainment and digital-first talent, as well as working with new authors from emerging and untapped genres who use digital and social media to build narratives and grow audiences.  

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Charlie Campbell agency renamed Greyhound as Edenborough joins

thebookseller.com – Thursday December 9, 2021

Charlie Campbell Literary Agents will be renamed Greyhound Literary, with Sam Edenborough joining the organisation at the beginning of January 2022 as director and co-owner. 

Edenborough (pictured) is leaving The Intercontinental Literary Agency (ILA), where he has been a director and agent. Over the past 20 years he helped to develop the agency’s broad roster of client agencies and publishers, selling rights for a wide range of English-language authors, including prize-winners and global bestsellers. 

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Yeoh becomes associate agent at Madeleine Milburn

thebookseller.com – Tuesday December 7, 2021

Rachel Yeoh has been made an agent after interning at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Yeoh has been appointed as associate literary agent, working alongside founder and director Madeleine Milburn, m.d. Giles Milburn and agents Hayley Steed, Hannah Todd and Olivia Maidment in the adult fiction department.  

She will start accepting submissions on 8th December and is considering literary, upmarket, book club fiction and narrative memoir. 

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Tip: How UK freelance journalists can use ALCS to earn more money from their work

journalism.co.uk – Sunday December 5, 2021

If you have written for any UK-based magazines or journals in the last three years, you could be due a payout

Authors’ Licencing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a membership-run organisation founded by a group of journalists and authors in 1979. The aim of the organisation is to help all types of freelance writers by collecting the money for secondary uses of their work. That includes photocopies, cable retransmission, digital reproduction and education recording.

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Writers' Handbook 2022 now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Sunday November 21, 2021

The 2022 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been released, and is now available to buy both as a paperbook and an ebook.

The directory is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 2,500 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2021 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.

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Lowis moves to Viney Agency

thebookseller.com – Saturday November 20, 2021

Amberley Lowis has been appointed literary agent at the Viney Agency.

Lowis previously worked as an agents' assistant at Abner Stein for five years and as an editorial assistant at Kyle Books. 

She said: "I feel very lucky to have worked with such brilliant colleagues at Abner Stein and have learnt so much from them. I'm delighted to be joining the Viney Agency and I very much look forward to working with Charlie and further expanding the agency over the coming years."

Agency founder Charlie Viney said: "Amberley’s experience and drive stand her in very good stead to substantially add to the agency in the future and I’m thrilled that she is joining us."

Lowis will take up her new role in December. 

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24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Is Seeking Screenplays From Around the Globe

digitaljournal.com – Wednesday November 17, 2021

Screenplays from writers around the globe are invited for the 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. The first deadline is December 13, 2021.

While launching the event the organizers of the 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition famously said ”Is your script ready? Are you ready? Is it time to finally let your writing be shown to others?”

Everyone has a story to tell, and your screenplay can win $10,000 and be promoted for a year! The 24th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition is accepting screenplays and shorts.

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Follow the journey of the story with this short story writing workshop

ygknews.ca – Wednesday November 10, 2021

Who better to learn short story writing from than Patricia Robertson, former Kingston Frontenac Public  Library Writer-in-Residence?  

Robertson will lead Sentence by Sentence: the Journey of the Story on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m.  via Zoom. 

If you have no writing experience or are worried that you don’t already have a detailed outline in mind  before you begin writing, that’s not a problem. Learn how the very process of writing can help you  discover what you want to write about. 

“It’s a misnomer to describe writing as ‘discovering what you want to say.’ The fact is that you don’t  know what you want to say in advance of the journey,” explains Robertson. “You’re taking a leap into  the unknown. All you know is what to take with you — your laptop, a cup of coffee, and your imagina tion. Believe it or not, whole novels have been written using this method.  

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