firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 27, 2016
Rick Pascocello has joined the boutique literary agency, Glass Literary Management, as a literary agent. Rick previously worked at Penguin Random House for 23 years, where he was Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing.
According to the agency's website, Rick is interested in working with nonfiction authors who bring a unique perspective to memoir, biography, business, history, narrative nonfiction, sports, popular culture, social commentary and other thought-provoking ideas, as well as mainstream and literary fiction writers "whose voices ring true on every page". He has previously worked with authors such as Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Nora Roberts, Patrick Rothfuss and JR Ward; as well as nonfiction bestsellers such as Stephen Johnson, Jen Lancaster, James McBride, Dan Pink, and Joan Rivers.
As ever, a new literary agent offers writers a rare opportunity to submit to an agent while they are actively building their list, rather than having all their time taken up with promoting the work of existing clients.
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Some of this month's news for writers from around the web.
publishersweekly.com – Wednesday December 14, 2016
Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, in an effort to both extend its reach in the children's book market and expand into the adult market, has announced the addition of four new agents.
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variety.com – Saturday December 10, 2016
WME has promoted 18 people to partner, across film, television, music, non-scripted television, endorsements, and books.
In New York, Claudia Ballard from the books department, Josh Bider in non-scripted television, and Strand Conover in endorsements were named partners. Shari Lewin, an agent who focuses on endorsement deals for the agency’s country music artists, was also part of the group.
thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 29, 2016
Doris Lessing’s literary agent Jonathan Clowes has died aged 86.
He died at his home in France this morning (Friday 18th November).
His agency, Jonathan Clowes Limited, issued a statement saying: “It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Jonathan Clowes. Jonathan was a unique man who led a varied life - first as conscientious objector, then active communist and thereafter as a trailblazing and extraordinarily successful agent to writers such as Len Deighton and Doris Lessing. We will continue to embrace his renegade, and quietly commanding, spirit in all we do.”
He leaves a widow Ann Evans, director of the agency, who he had been married to since 1981.
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A selection of the new listings added to firstwriter.com this month.
firstwriter.com – Tuesday December 27, 2016
Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Business; Culture; Entertainment; Health; Historical; Media; Sport
Markets: Adult; Children's
Treatments: Literary; Mainstream; Popular
Send query by email only, directly to one of the two agents -- see website for both email addresses. No attachments, picture books for children, or approaches by post. No response to queries not directly addressed to either one of the agents. Send query letter in the body of your email. Response not guaranteed unless interested.
firstwriter.com – Wednesday December 7, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Culture; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Science; Sci-Fi; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary; Popular
Publishes unconventional books across a broad range of categories. Query one editor directly (see website for list of interests and specific contact details) by post with SASE or by email. Limit query to one page and include sample chapters if available.
firstwriter.com – Monday December 5, 2016
Preferred styles: Literary
Poetry magazine with a voice of "illumination, compassion, humanity, and reason", publishing continually online and sporadically in print when a volume is full. Send submissions by post with SASE or by email (preferably pasted into the body of the email). See website for full guidelines.
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Some of this month's articles for writers from around the web.
washingtonpost.com – Wednesday November 30, 2016
Almost 20 years ago, a novel about a boy wizard began to fly out of bookstores, first in the United Kingdom, then around the world. By 2007, with publication of the final volume, the seven-book “Harry Potter” series was a global juggernaut. Along with attendant movies, merchandise and theme-park attractions, the series transformed its initially unknown author, J.K. Rowling, into an iconic billionaire — and the children’s book industry into a publishing force majeure.
How did Rowling manage to write novels that connected with so many young and adult readers? And could this magic happen again?
theatlantic.com – Tuesday December 27, 2016
2016 was not an easy year to be a writer. Not just because of the constant, concentration-wrecking pull of our devices, their glowing screens beckoning with the promise of fresh horrors. I’ve spoken with many writers, in recent months, who seem to be facing a deeper, starker crisis of purpose since the election of Donald Trump. They’re asking themselves: Is making literature an acceptable pursuit in a world with such urgent, tangible needs? And if so, how should I use my words?
theguardian.com – Saturday December 24, 2016
I have been writing every day of my life, seven days a week, for almost 50 years. Even Christmas Day. But I still enjoy it. I have lived in the same house for the last 30 years and I have written in the same room ever since. When I first came to London, I went on a canal boat ride in Little Venice and I remember going past the street where I live now, thinking: “This must be a nice place to live.” I never dreamed that I would one day live here.
My writing room is a cosy, book-lined room, with a dark wooden desk and a window overlooking the garden. There is a little Paddington bear watching over my desk. I am happy here, although on some days, there is rather a lot of traffic on the road and the river and it can be quite noisy.
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