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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #176
November 2017

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News

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

Authors accuse publisher of exploiting writers by banning literary agents

Authors accuse publisher of exploiting writers by banning literary agents

dailydot.com – Thursday November 23, 2017

Tyrant Books, a little-known New York indie publisher, has just ignited a firestorm of controversy on Twitter. Authors including Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman are speaking out against the publisher, all thanks to this tweet:

"Dear agents, please stop sending inquiries to Tyrant. We no longer consider agented writers. Writers w/agents: feel free to send, just know you have to drop your agent if we want to sign you. Thanks, 
Tyrant staff"

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Small indie publishers report booming sales

Small indie publishers report booming sales

theguardian.com – Monday November 20, 2017

Independent publishers have unleashed a boom in sales, according to new research. Latest figures from Inpress, which works with 60 of the smallest players in the books industry, revealed sales up 79% in the last year – a performance hailed by Inpress managing director Sophie O’Neill as phenomenal.

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Charlie Brotherstone opens own agency

Charlie Brotherstone opens own agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday November 15, 2017

Charlie Brotherstone, literary agent at Ed Victor Ltd, is opening his own agency.

Brotherstone Creative Management will be a full service literary agency with a range of clients including Brett Anderson, Charles Glass, Kirstin Innes, Thomas Pavitte, Nuno Mendes, George The Poet, and the AA Gill Estate.

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Listings

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

New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 16, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Anthropology; Culture; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Children's

Small, independent publisher and distributor based in Laramie, Wyoming. Publishes mysteries, romance, science fiction, disability literature, short story anthologies, scholarly publications in history and anthropology, and multicultural children's books. No picture books. See website for current open calls.

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New Literary Agency Listing

New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 24, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Adventure; Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Crime; Current Affairs; Fantasy; Finance; Historical; Literature; Military; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Sport; Technology
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Literary; Mainstream

Send query with synopsis and sample chapters.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 21, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Cookery; Entertainment; Health; Historical; Nature; Science; Short Stories; Sport; 
Markets: Children's

Magazine for children, publishing articles, features, puzzles, and short stories. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Articles

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

Writing a bestselling book

Writing a bestselling book

independent.co.uk – Friday November 24, 2017

Every author hopes their novel will earn that elusive but much-desired tag of bestseller – can there possibly be any better branding to have on your paperback, one that will open more doors, attract more readers, and set the writer on the path to fame, riches and a warm glow every time they check Amazon?

But is it possible to actually set out to write a bestseller? We could all write a novel, given enough time, inspiration, and ink and paper. It might not necessarily be a very good novel, but we can be taught the mechanics. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists have been trying their hand at doing just that this past month as part of National Novel Writing Month.

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The Craft of Writing: How Crucial It Is to Maintain a Daily Practice

The Craft of Writing: How Crucial It Is to Maintain a Daily Practice

skyword.com – Wednesday November 15, 2017

Long before I was a freelance writer, I wrote fiction. One of the key things I learned from my writing mentor, the late novelist Les Plesko, was the importance of writing daily. “Write every day, even on your birthday,” he would say with a toothless grin. Maintaining such a practice is crucial in your success as a writer.

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On writing: nine quotes from classic authors

On writing: nine quotes from classic authors

blog.oup.com – Monday November 13, 2017

You’ve gotten through the first week of National Novel Writing Month. Have you’ve been hitting your word count? Writing 1,665 words every day may not sound like a lot, but sitting down in front of a blank page each day begins to feel like a struggle. Find some inspiration from these Oxford World’s Classics authors!

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