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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #171
June 2017

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For one month only, get the Writers' Handbook for half price

For one month only, get the Writers' Handbook for half price

firstwriter.com – Saturday June 24, 2017

From July 1 to July 31, ebook-seller Smashwords will be running its ninth annual Summer/Winter Sale (so called because while it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and the sale is a global event).

Amongst the ebooks on offer in the sale will be the latest edition of firstwriter.com's Writers' Handbook, offering over 1,300 listings of magazines, literary agents, and publishers, and available for the first time at a whopping 50% discount! However, this offer is only available for the first 1,000 downloads, so make sure you head over to Smashwords as soon as you can after July 1, to ensure that you secure your copy at the discounted rate.

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

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Lone Stars Poetry Magazine call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Sunday June 25, 2017

The Write Idea Poets Prompt:

Poem Title to be  “In Another Life …”

          “I’m the one they’re singing about, the one in all those tunes;

           One who lives on Heart Thoughts and I Love Yous.”

              by Terry Lee (from The Rainbow Kid & The Pastel Cowboys circa 1972)

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Inkitt Free Novel Writing Competition 2017

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 31, 2017

Inkitt is now accepting submissions of novels of 20,000 words and over for its Free Novel Writing Competition: an ongoing writing competition which every month selects a new novel for publication. 

The competition is free to enter, and is open to any genre of novel, and writers from anywhere in the world. 

The grand winner will be supported with a book launch worth $6,000; a marketing campaign designed to get you into the top 100 on Amazon; professional cover design and editing; and will receive royalties of 25%.

To submit your novel online now, click here


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Scribbling at Sea

Scribbling at Sea

By Lesley Middleton

firstwriter.com – Monday May 29, 2017

Successful author, Diane Janes is interviewed by novice writer, Lesley Middleton

Most people boarding a cruise ship are looking forward to sightseeing, socialising and, perhaps most of all, relaxing on deck soaking up the sun. Not author Diane Janes though – at least not whilst she's on board as a guest speaker. When she's not enthralling passengers with talks about famous authors and real-life crime mysteries, she uses her time on the ship to write her own books. There are few interruptions and plenty of food and drink readily available so maybe more writers should follow her example.

As a novice writer, I was thrilled to meet Diane on a recent cruise on P&O's Oriana. Diane is generous in her encouragement to new writers. She will happily chat to cruise passengers with ambitions to see themselves in print and has tutored several courses for would-be authors, despite never having had any ambitions to become a teacher. She very graciously agreed to being interviewed by me.

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Short story competition winners announced

Short story competition winners announced

firstwriter.com – Friday June 9, 2017

Solution Loans have announced the winners and runners up of their inaugral short story writing competition.

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Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 Shortlist announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 1, 2017

The shortlisted entries for the Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 have been announced:

  • Echoes From The Somme by Frances Colville
  • Entanglement by Alex Reece Abbott
  • The Apple and the Tree by Mary Sheehan
  • Down at the End of Lonely Street by Roger Tayler
  • Being Beryl by Eleanor Westwood

The shortlisted entries can be read at: http://credfest.co.uk

The winners will be announced on 24 June 2017.


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News

Some of this month's news for writers from around the web.

Audible launches £10,000 writing grant

Audible launches £10,000 writing grant

thebookseller.com – Wednesday June 7, 2017

Audible has launched a £10,000 audio-exclusive writing grant for unpublished writers. 

The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel including two-time Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph’s crime critic Jake Kerridge and Audible’s director Of content Laurence Howell.

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Ed Victor dies

Ed Victor dies

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 8, 2017

Renowned literary agent Ed Victor has died aged 78, his agency has confirmed.

In a statement, the agency said: "It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death of Ed Victor CBE, Chairman and founder of the Ed Victor Literary Agency. He died of a heart attack late in the evening on 7th June at the London Clinic after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)."

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Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management Firm

Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management Firm

deadline.com – Thursday June 1, 2017

Literary representation veterans Lanny Noveck and Liz Robinson have teamed to form Signature Ltd., a boutique literary management firm. This is a re-teaming of the duo who first worked together as agents at the William Morris Agency.

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Listings

A selection of the new listings added to firstwriter.com this month.

New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 23, 2017

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

Publishes essays, short stories, and poetry, which explore universal qualities: truth, justice, integrity, compassion and mercy. Send submissions by email or on disk by post, with hard copy and SASE. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 19, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Culture; Erotic; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Check website for submission windows. Submit query by email or through form on website, with table of contents and three sample chapters. No religious or spiritual books of any kind.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 16, 2017

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

Literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by both well-known writers and promising newcomers. Submit up to 5 poems, or prose up to 25 pages, via online submission system ($3 charge per submission).

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Articles

Some of this month's articles for writers from around the web.

Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day

Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day

telegraph.co.uk – Tuesday June 13, 2017

Millions dream of quitting the grind and replacing their income through a rewarding, creative endeavour.

And what could be simpler - and more glamorous - than writing a bestselling novel?

After years of not knowing how the next month’s bill would be paid, thriller writer Mark Edwards is among a new and growing elite of high-earning authors who broke away from traditional publishing routes and self-published online.

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20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day

20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday June 21, 2017

June 21st is National Writing Day, a celebration of writing creatively that aims to encourage people of all ages to 'put pen to paper, unleash their imagination and make their voices heard'.

A number of events marking the occasion are being held across the UK, details of which can be found on the National Writing Day website

On social media many people, professional authors among them, have been sharing their tips on how to go about become a better writer. Here are a selection of the best.

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Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing's 'hidden' authors

Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing's 'hidden' authors

theguardian.com – Thursday June 8, 2017

When Keith Houghton bought his four-bedroom detached house earlier this year, he did a rare thing for an author: he paid cash, with earnings from his books.

Keith who, you may ask? Houghton is one of a handful of so-called “hidden” bestsellers: his self-published crime thrillers are ebooks, sales of which are not monitored by the UK’s official book charts (if they don’t have ISBNs, which self-published titles often don’t).

Houghton made his money over the past six years by selling more than 500,000 books, chiefly through his Gabe Quinn series of thrillers. In a world in which traditionally published authors struggle to make £7,000 a year from their work, it is no wonder Houghton says: “I feel like I have won the lottery.”

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