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July 2014  

    

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New edition of bestselling writers' handbook

This month sees the release of the latest edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers. The new edition provides details of over 1,200 literary agents, book publishers, and magazines, including revised and updated listings from the last edition, and over 380 brand new entries (that's 30% new listings).

The previous edition of the handbook was bought by writers across the United States, Canada, and Europe; and in the United Kingdom it became the number one bestselling writing and publishing directory on Amazon.co.uk within just a few weeks of its launch. The new edition continues this international outlook, giving writers all over the English-speaking world access to the global publishing markets.

Readers of this edition can also benefit from insights from Andrew Lownie, of the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd, who offers tips and advice on how best to approach literary agents.

Subject indexes for each area provide easy access to the markets you need, with specific lists for everything from romance publishers, to poetry magazines, to literary agents interested in thrillers.

International markets become more accessible than ever, with listings that cover both the main publishing centres of New York and London, as well as markets in other English speaking countries. With more and more agents, publishers, and magazines accepting submissions by email, this international outlook is now more important than ever.

There are no adverts, no advertorials, and no obscure listings padding out hundreds of pages. By including only what’s important to writers – contact details for literary agents, publishers, and magazines – this directory is able to provide more listings than its competitors, at a substantially lower price.

The book also includes free access to the firstwriter.com website, where you can find even more listings. You can also benefit from other features such as advanced searches, daily email updates, feedback from users about the markets featured, saved searches, competitions listings, searchable personal notes, and more.

“I know firsthand how lonely and dispiriting trying to find an agent and publisher can be. So it's great to find a resource like firstwriter.com that provides contacts, advice and encouragement to aspiring writers. I've been recommending it for years now!”

~ Robin Wade; literary agent at the Wade & Doherty Literary Agency Ltd, and long-term firstwriter.com subscriber

The print book can be purchased through all good bookshops, including the following online outlets:

Amazon.com ($13.88, including P&P)

Amazon.co.uk (£12.69, including P&P)

The digital version is available on a variety of devices, including:

Kindle (Amazon.com) ($11.69)

Kindle (Amazon.co.uk) (£6.86)

Google Play (£5.03)

Apple devices through iTunes ($9.99)

Various other ebook platforms through Smashwords ($9.99)

  

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How I got a publishing deal

An interview with author, Francis Sookraj

Francis Sookraj recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers, after exhausting the contacts in the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.  

fw: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Francis. Tell us a little bit about your book.

FS: It's called The Ghosts of Flight B-17. It's about a ten year old boy called Billy MacDonald ,who lives in Scotland with his widower dad with a drinking problem. One day, Billy is by the Loch, he sees an American B-17 flying by. He is befriended by the ghosts of the crew. They tell that their plane is in the loch and they want him to find it. Because there's something valuable that will change him and his dad's life for the good.

fw: How did you go about writing it? Did you plan the whole plot before you started?

FS: I usually write in longhand on a pad and then I type it. I occasionally make notes, but I never know what is going to happen next. It took me three months to write.

fw: Was it your first attempt at creative writing?

FS: No, I have written several books that never got published.

fw: How did you go about trying to get this book published?

FS: I'd had the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. I must have worn that book out because I wrote to all the agents and publishers that I could find, and all I got was rejection. Or "it's good but it's not for us". All the replies you can think of, I heard it all. It was tiring and at times very frustrating, because you will get lots of rejection. But I persisted. After subscribing to firstwriter.com I eventually secured a deal with a publisher, and he's been very helpful.

fw: What did you find most effective about the firstwriter.com service?

FS: I liked the way they would email me agents that dealt with my kind of book.

fw: How long did it take you to place your work?

FS: I will say two years. I lost count how many places I approach. Roughly 100. I dealt with it calmly and kept on trying. The rejections were polite and courteous.

fw: Which publisher accepted your work in the end?

FS: They are called Ex-cell-ence Publishers.

fw: And how is the publishing process going?

FS: Early days yet. I'm very excited and happy that my book is available for people to read. To get anything either in print or ebook is an achievement. I'm pleased with what my editor did to my book, he has done a good job.

fw: Do you have any tips or advice for other writers?

FS: Yes. Just keep on trying. Write a lot and you will get published. I was on the same boat, but I never gave up my dream.

fw: Are you planning to write another book?

FS: I'm thinking on my next project that I'm working on. At the moment I'm concentrating on getting enough coverage for this book. I want lots of people to read my book and enjoy it.  

fw: Thank you for your time, Francis, and best of luck with all your future writing!

To search firstwriter.com's database of over 1,600 publishers for your own chance of publication, click here

 

   

Editor's pick: New publisher and magazine listings in July

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Gothic; Horror; Short Stories; Suspense;
Markets: Adult

Publishes horror, suspense, and/or gothic short stories and poetry. Send submissions as Word documents by email.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1993

New Publisher Listing

Publishes horror, suspense, and/or gothc short stories and poetry. Send submissions as Word documents by email.

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Historical;
Markets: Adult

Publishes historical fiction only. Send query up to one and a half pages in the body of an email, plus one-page synopsis and/or first ten pages and/or bibliography of sources consulted. No attachments. See website for full submission guidelines. Response in 30-60 days if interested. Mss must be professionally edited prior to submission.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1987

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Articles; Features; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Current Affairs; Lifestyle; Religious; Sociology;
Markets: Adult

Christian magazine publishing articles on Bible doctrine, current social and religious issues, Christian living, Bible topics, textual/biblical book studies, prophecy, personal experience, and poetry (traditional, free, and blank verse). Prefers email submissions. See website for full guidelines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1994

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers;
Markets: Adult

Small press publisher publishing at least three new titles a year in the Action / Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, and Thriller genres. See website for full submission guidelines. Currently only considering books for digital release. As an alternative to traditional publishing, also offers book publishing services at author's expense.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1989

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Culture; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Magazine publishing material from and about Africa and the Diaspora. Publishes short stories, novel extracts, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, reviews, and interviews. See website for full submission guidelines and online submission system.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1996

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Non-profit independent literary press, publishing poetry and sponsoring an annual poetry competition.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1991

 

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Articles from around the web this month

Writing yourself a pen name

The realisation that if I ever managed to write a novel it would have to be under another name came 12 years ago when I was sitting in the Guardian's newsroom writing a story as Sarah Hall. An email appeared from a friend: "Have you written a novel?"

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/01/writing-pen-name-alternative-literary-identities-sarah-hall-sarah-vaughan

Centre for New Writing launches #micropoem14 competition

Following the success of last year's micropoetry competition, the Centre for New Writing at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester has just launched a #micropoem14 competition.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=12446

Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

We are in the midst of a poetry renaissance. There are many signs of the poetry revival in our midst. Hundreds of small poetry presses. Reading series in local communities. Def Poetry Jam and Brave New Voices on HBO. The proliferation of MFA programs at universities. Robin Becker reports that when she began attending AWP (the annual conference of writers sponsored by the professional writers' association), about a thousand people attended each year; in 2014, over 11,000 people attended.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-r-enszer/are-too-many-people-writi_b_5560772.html

When writing with authenticity, curiosity will not kill the cat

First, let’s be clear about this: Bruce Joshua Miller doesn’t hate the Internet. “I’m not a Luddite. I’m online a lot and I think it’s a great tool,” he says, and notes that in a recent campaign to save the University of Missouri Press, he created a Facebook page that was a critical help. “But we need to be aware that we are facing an enormous amount of pro-digital propaganda that is fueled by an industry that makes huge amounts of money by having us sit in front of a screen.”

http://www.minnpost.com/books/2014/07/when-writing-authenticity-curiosity-will-not-kill-cat?utm_source=MinnPost-RSS&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+minnpost-arts+%28MinnPost+-+MinnPost.com:+Arts

Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research

You don’t research a novel, you research a world, and you better get it right, because today’s readers demand that even fiction writers be reliable witnesses.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/16/writing-a-novel-even-making-it-up-requires-research.html

Author talks writing your first book

It only took Sandi Kahn Shelton 17 years to write her first book, but once she sold that there was no turning back.

http://wtnh.com/2014/07/16/author-talks-writing-your-first-book/

Helpful advice on writing for young adults

Author Regina Brooks has over 20 years of experience as a literary agent. She begins the book with a set of rules for engaging young adult readers. These rules are: to convince the reader the protagonist is one of them; not to condescend to your readers; to read current young adult fiction; to forget about commercial considerations; and to forge new paths.

http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_832f0530-0b7c-11e4-a6ed-0017a43b2370.html

 

  

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