Issue #98

Free Writers' Newsletter

May 29, 2011  



Forgot your login details? Click here



Literary Agents
Book Publishers
Writing Contests
Copyright Info
Editorial Services
Free Newsletter
Writing Tips
About Us
Affiliate Program
Literary agents move into publishing

Literary agent Ed Victor has announced a move into publishing with the launch of Bedford Square Books. The new publishing house will concentrate initially on publishing out of print books or those on which the rights have reverted, releasing them as eBooks and POD (print on demand) titles. 

International Copyright Registration 
Register your copyright online for instant copyright protection in more than 160 different countries worldwide. Click here for more information.

While the focus of the venture is clearly on the back catalogue of existing clients, Ed Victor didn't rule out the possibility of releasing original work by new writers, for instance if they were passionate about a work but had failed to sell it to a publisher. He remained clear, however, that given a choice between an established publisher and Bedford Square Books the established publisher should remain the preferred choice.

In response to this announcement other major literary agencies, including Curtis Brown and Blake Friedman, have announced similar plans, with Curtis Brown announcing an intention to follow suit with a much larger list of titles than the six planned in Ed Victor's first wave. 

How this sits with the rules of the Association of Authors' Agents (of which all three agencies are members) remains to be seen: a clause of its convention specifically prohibits member agents from acting as publishers, in order to avoid any conflict of interests. Anthony Goff, the Association's President, has acknowledged that the distinctions between authors, publishers, and agents are becoming less distinct in the modern age, but insists that the principle of avoiding a conflict of interest between agent and author needs to be maintained: "The point of the provision in the AAA's Code of Practice is to safeguard the principle and that's what matters, even if the distinctions between author, publisher and agent are being blurred." 

For the details of these and over 850 other literary agencies, click here.



Amazon to set up book publisher in New York?

Speculation is rife that internet retailer Amazon is set to launch a book publishing operation in New York City.

Amazon, which made its name as an online book retailer, has already made some forays into publishing, most recently with the the launch of the Montlake Romance imprint earlier this month. However, the recent appointment of literary agent and former CEO of the Time-Warner Book Group, Larry Kirshbaum, has fuelled speculation that the Seattle based company is about to make a much more serious tilt at the publishing industry. Observers also note that the company is currently hiring acquisition editors, publicists, and marketing staff.

Given Amazon's position as the second largest bookseller in the world, and the largest seller of e-readers (their Kindle machine controls 29% of the market) the repercussions for the book industry could be as significant as those caused by the original introduction of the Kindle. The exact impact that the move will have is as yet unclear, but one thing is for certain: with agencies and now retailers / manufacturers encroaching on their territory, this is an anxious time for the traditional publishing establishment.

For the details of over 1,400 publishers, click here


Click here for great value writing classes!


Literary agent Scott Moyers returns to Penguin Press

Scott Moyers, a former executive editor of Penguin Press, is returning to his old publishing house as publisher.

Moyers left Penguin Press in 2007 when he joined the Wylie Agency as a literary agent. What at the time seemed to be a trend of publishers becoming literary agents now seems to be part of the reverse, as both Moyers and Larry Krishbaum return to publishing from their roles as literary agents (see pervious article, above).

For the details of these and over 850 other literary agencies, click here.



Resources for writers at

Visit for the following invaluable resources for writers:

To advertise on this newsletter for as little as $30 / 20 click here

Bookmark and Share

About fwn

fwn is a free newsletter from, providing articles, news, interviews and opportunities of interest to writers.

Spelling conventions
uses English spelling conventions. Spellings such as "realise" "colour", "theatre", "cancelled", etc. differ from other spelling conventions but are nonetheless correct. 


Writing Contests

Enter our Poetry Competition and Short Story Contest for kudos and cash prizes! 

Click here!


Editorial Services

Put an end to rejections!

Get your work ready for presentation to publishers, agents, and magazines, with editing, advice, and feedback from professionals in the publishing industry!

Click here!


Gift for a WRITER
Give a writer the perfect gift – a Gift Subscription to!

Click here!


This email has been compiled by and is protected by copyright. It may not be copied, forwarded, or otherwise distributed in whole or in part without's written consent.

While every effort is made to ensure that all information contained within this newsletter is accurate, readers are reminded that this information is provided only as a collection of potential leads that the reader should follow up with his or her own investigations. Unless otherwise stated, is not associated with and does not endorse, recommend, or guarantee any of the organisations, events, persons or promotions contained within this newsletter, and cannot be held responsible for any loss incurred as a result of actions taken in relation to information provided. Inclusion does not constitute recommendation.

Please do not reply to this email. The address from which this has been sent is not capable of receiving emails and sending an email to it may cause your subscription to stop. If you have any queries or require any assistance please contact us by going to 2011