SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed
markets.businessinsider.com – Saturday January 27, 2018
BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mystery Writers of America's Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country's premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions. SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques. SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference's guests of honor, agents, and editors.
ICM Partners Acquires Lit Outfit The Sagalyn Agency, Opens D.C. Office
deadline.com – Friday January 26, 2018
ICM Partners has acquired The Sagalyn Agency, the Washington D.C.-based literary agency that reps leading journalists, historians, biographers, scientists, thought leaders and novelists. The deal comes four years after ICM and Raphael Sagalyn’s company formed an alliance that melded Sagalyn’s strong nonfiction author list and ICM’s roster dominated by fiction authors.
firstwriter.magazine final issue - out now
firstwriter.com – Sunday January 21, 2018
This month sees the launch of the last ever issue of firstwriter.magazine.
firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. All good things must come to an end, however, and issue 32 will be the last issue of firstwriter.magazine. Managing Editor, J. Paul Dyson, gave the following explanation about the decision to end the long-running publication:
Q&A: Kelvin Kong on launching K2 Literary agency
quillandquire.com – Friday January 12, 2018
After more than a decade working in various aspects of publishing, from managing print production to editorial to selling rights at Kids Can Press, Kelvin Kong has launched his own literary agency. K2 Literary represents a small list of authors including Matt Cahill, Andrew Wilmot, and Teri Vlassapoulos.
Q&Q asked Kong – who recently left his post as agent and rights manager at the Rights Factory, and who continues to teach literary rights management for Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program – about his new endeavour.
Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016
thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 9, 2018
Europe's major markets - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy - all experienced growth in turnover in 2016, according to a Federation of European Publishers' (FEP) report. However, the dive in the British pound following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 resulted in flat total annual sales revenue for publishers in the EU and EEA in comparison to 2015, due to strong exchange rate effects.
How Scotland's most successful young publishers are shaking up literary world from their spare room and finding famous fans along the way
dailyrecord.co.uk – Monday January 8, 2018
PUBLISHERS. Gouty old guys in tweed jackets, right?
The days of well-connected chaps who go for long lunches then fall asleep behind the slush pile are over for good.
Scotland’s most successful new publishers are young women with tattoos and Twitter accounts.
Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77
bbc.co.uk – Sunday December 31, 2017
US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 'alphabet mystery' novels, has died aged 77.
Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.
"She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve," she said.
Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.
The Wardrobe Is Looking for Books By Women and Non-binary Writers of All Genres
firstwriter.com – Saturday December 30, 2017
Sundress reads submissions of full-length books and chapbooks from female and non-binary authors year-round. Each week their rotating curators (including Sundress editors and authors) choose one book to highlight as part of their“Best Dressed” series. These highlights include five selections from each book, which are featured daily on the Sundress blog and shared through their social media sites.
Ann Bagnall, publisher of historic cookbooks – obituary
telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday December 27, 2017
Ann Bagnall, who has died aged 90, made a lasting contribution to the world of food literature and social history when, aged 60, she set up a publishing company specialising in historic cookbooks and guides to household management.
The fantastic fiction app Great Jones Street is shutting down
theverge.com – Sunday December 24, 2017
2017 has been notoriously difficult for digital publishers, and the year has claimed a new victim: Great Jones Street, an app-based fiction magazine that curated a ton of great stories that spanned genres. In a post on Facebook, the app’s publisher, Kelly Abbott says that he will shut the publication down at the end of the year, saying that he ultimately “failed to convince enough readers to support it.”