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Issue #183
June 2018

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News

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

B&N to Create Kids' Graphic Novel Sections in All Its Stores

B&N to Create Kids' Graphic Novel Sections in All Its Stores

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday June 26, 2018

In the latest example of the growing popularity of the graphic novel category, Barnes & Noble announced plans to create dedicated sections for middle grade (ages 7–12) graphic novels in all of its stores beginning in June.

The new kids' graphic novel sections will collect more than 250 book format comics titles aimed at children and preteens in one central location in each B&N store. The new sections will be labeled with “graphic novel” signage and will be located adjacent to the Young Readers areas in each store’s children’s dept.

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Writing agencies gear up for National Writing Day

Writing agencies gear up for National Writing Day

thebookseller.com – Monday June 25, 2018

More than 35 writing agencies are coming together for this year’s National Writing Day, which will take place on Wednesday (27th June).

Author William Fiennes, who is co-ordinating the day, said there were “too many events to count” this year, with scheduled highlights including a workshop with writer Sabrina Mahfouz in London, a Twitter Q&A with Jed Mercurio on the BBC website Writers Room, and a poetry workshop with Polly Atkin in Cumbria.

National Writing Day is an annual celebration designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing and grew out of Fiennes’ experience with First Story, the charity he set up with Katie Waldegrave.

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‘The Spotify for Books’ hasn’t worked yet. Here's why.

‘The Spotify for Books’ hasn’t worked yet. Here's why.

thebookseller.com – Monday June 18, 2018

No term garners more collective trepidation from the publishing industry than ‘the Spotify for Books’. From Oyster to Scribd, and Flooved to Entitle, countless outfits have professed to be on the brink of disrupting the world of books. So why have none achieved the runaway success of Spotify? Is the publishing industry fundamentally unsuitable to a model of unlimited consumption? Many would have you believe so. In reality, whilst the term has inevitably been overused, it has also been misused. This has paved the way for widespread confusion regarding business models and in many cases, unnecessary reticence from publishers.

We now live in a world increasingly skewed towards models of access over ownership. Blame the millennials if you must, but the reality is that we largely don’t actually need to own content that we consume either partially or fleetingly. And therein lies half of the explanation - the model just doesn’t work for books that are voraciously read cover-to-cover. In short, the Spotify model is less suitable for trade publishing. A bold statement, certainly, but one that has been shown to be true time and again.

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Listings

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

New Literary Agency Listing

New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 4, 2018

Handles: Fiction
Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Welcomes queries from both published and unpublished writers. Particularly interested in upmarket women's fiction, fantasy, romance, and thrillers. No christian, comedy, humour, comics, graphic novels, erotica, poetry, puzzles, games, picture books, early readers, middle grade, new adult, stage plays, or screenplays. Submit query via form on website.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 15, 2018

Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Beauty and Fashion; Culture; Entertainment; Hobbies; How-to; Humour; Romance; Short Stories; Spiritual; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Family; 
Preferred styles: Positive

Provides a collaborative platform for art, encouragement and enjoying life. Our target audience is Women in all walks of life seeking to connect with others, share stories and laugh.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 8, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas include: Autobiography; Crime; Drama
Markets: Adult

Accepts submissions from new and existing authors for fiction and nonfiction. Interested in real life, memoir, crime, passion, and human drama. Approach using online form on website or by post, including three draft chapters, the genre of your book, and your target market. See website for more details.

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Articles

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

Lionel Shriver and the rigging of the book market

Lionel Shriver and the rigging of the book market

usa.spectator.co.uk – Saturday June 16, 2018

Should the arts reflect the demographic make-up of their society, and be subject to quotas and affirmative action, in the name of diversity? Or should they be exempt from the imposition of quotas, as a meritocracy in which the only affirmative action is the one that recognises talent? This, I reckon, is the question at the heart of this week’s media case, The People (on Twitter) versus Lionel Shriver.

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How To Write A Novel: Tips From Across The Literary Sphere

How To Write A Novel: Tips From Across The Literary Sphere

elle.com – Friday June 15, 2018

Who hasn't wistfully stared out of a train window, engrossed in a deep, perfectly soundtracked moment, and thought to themselves, "I think I've got a book in me"?

The trouble is, putting pen to paper is notoriously much harder than simply revelling in a cinematic moment during your daily commute.

Whether it's writer's block, a serious problem with procrastination, or not knowing what to do with your finished manuscript, ELLE invited some of publishing's most exciting names to discuss how to write the book in you, and then get it published.

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Morality clauses: are publishers right to police writers?

Morality clauses: are publishers right to police writers?

theguardian.com – Wednesday June 13, 2018

Offensive opinions. Bullying. Sexual misconduct. As the literary world is rocked by scandal US publishers are asking authors to sign contracts with ‘morality clauses’. Are they really the answer?

When the American Libraries Association awards its Andrew Carnegie medals in New Orleans later this month, there will be no winner for excellence in non-fiction. Sherman Alexie, the poet and novelist who was due to receive it for a memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, has declined the award following allegations of sexual harassment.

Last month, the novelist Junot Díaz withdrew from the Sydney writers’ festival and from chairing the Pulitzer prize board after being confronted by his own accusers. As the allegations swept through social media, another writer, Mary Karr, joined the fray, tweeting of her distress that her testimony to DT Max, the biographer of her one-time partner David Foster Wallace, about Foster Wallace’s abusive behaviour had been marginalised. “Deeply saddened by the allegations against #JunotDiaz & I support every woman brave enough to speak. The violence #DavidFosterWallace inflicted on me as a single mom was ignored by his biographer & @NewYorker as ‘alleged’ despite my having letters in his hand,” she wrote.

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