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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #211
October 2020

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News

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

DHH Literary Agency to host virtual pitching day

DHH Literary Agency to host virtual pitching day

thebookseller.com – Thursday October 15, 2020

DHH Literary Agency is hosting a virtual event enabling aspiring authors to pitch their work direct to its team.

With the pandemic stopping agents from going on the road as in previous years, the agency is opening up its pitching sessions on 4th December. They will be held via a mutually agreeable online video platform.

Founder David Headley said: “In the past, we have had the most tremendous response to our pitching sessions, and we are counting on this time being no different, despite not being able to meet face-to-face. More than ever, we’re in need of good stories to make us forget about the current state of affairs, so we welcome the chance to have authors send – and perhaps pitch – their work to us.

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David Higham reveals Open Week events

David Higham reveals Open Week events

thebookseller.com – Monday October 12, 2020

David Higham Agency has revealed the line-up of top agents taking part in its events ahead of its New Writers' Open Week for under-represented talent.

The organisation is running a series of online events in November, which are open to all writers applying for its January Open Week. The deadline for the week has also been extended until 26th October.

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Hollywood has gobbled up book rights during the pandemic. Here’s why

Hollywood has gobbled up book rights during the pandemic. Here’s why

latimes.com – Wednesday October 7, 2020

Author Rumaan Alam kept his expectations low, even as the film rights to his upcoming book “Leave the World Behind” became the center of a bidding contest among Hollywood studios this summer.

During two brisk weeks in July, the Brooklyn-based novelist kept interrupting his family vacation on Fire Island to field phone calls from agents, producers and executives. Sam Esmail, creator of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” was on board to direct a feature based on the socially conscious thriller. Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington had agreed to star and produce. Studios including Netflix, Apple and MGM were making offers.

Alam remained skeptical until that Monday when, while on the beach with his husband and two sons, he got the call from Michelle Weiner, head of Creative Artists Agency’s books department, who was handling the auction, saying they’d scored a deal with Netflix.

“I was waiting for the day when Michelle’s assistant would have to send me, like, a consolation bottle of Champagne,” Alam said. “I was sitting there in the sand kind of dumbfounded.”

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Listings

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

New Literary Agent Listing: Emily Glenister

New Literary Agent Listing: Emily Glenister

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 14, 2020

Looking for reading group and commercial novels, as well as diverse / own voices, with an emphasis on crime / thriller, upmarket women's fiction with a unique hook, post-eighteenth century history, and gothic novels / ghost stories.

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New Magazine Listing: The Common Tongue Magazine

New Magazine Listing: The Common Tongue Magazine

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 8, 2020

Writer’s submissions must adhere to our guidelines to be considered for publication in our magazine. While we allow our writers a vast amount of room for creativity and writer’s interpretation, we want to be sure that they support us in our quest for retaining that dark, dangerous tone that invokes our brand image.

We currently pay 0.03-0.06 cents USD per word for successful submissions.

We invite all writers, regardless of level, to submit their short story submissions. We appreciate everyone’s interest in the magazine and seek to honor that interest. While we are proud of being a leader in fantasy publications, we are also foremost writers and artists, and so we have extreme pride in supporting our contributors and those that make this all possible.

If you are interested in submitting short stories to be published in our quarterly magazine, please review the writer guidelines to be considered on our website.

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New Magazine Listing: Agony Opera

New Magazine Listing: Agony Opera

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 7, 2020

We like things edgy, experimental (be it in language or form), surreal, magic-real, speculative, avant-garde. In short anything out of the box.

We have a soft spot for literature which makes a staunch stand on politics. And by politics, we mean the politics regarding the rights of the 99%, not the other way round. Though, we must admit socialist realism doesn’t excite us that much.

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Articles

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

Hilary Mantel, Lee Child, Elizabeth Day and more novelists reveal their secret writing habits

Hilary Mantel, Lee Child, Elizabeth Day and more novelists reveal their secret writing habits

inews.co.uk – Saturday October 17, 2020

Anthony Horowitz is two chapters away from finishing his latest “whodunnit” murder mystery and something is worrying him. If anything should happen to him before he has finished, how will anyone know whodunnit? This week he revealed that, when a book is in progress, he puts the name of the killer in an envelope to be opened by his wife, Jill Green, just in case.

“I am terrified I will die before I actually manage to [finish a book],” Horowitz said at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. “There will be a car crash or a trip going down stairs or something. This is such a fear for me, such a paranoia that I actually write the solution to my murder mysteries and I put them in an envelope to be opened in the event of my death and stick it in my desk.”

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Top 10 books about creative writing

Top 10 books about creative writing

theguardian.com – Thursday October 15, 2020

The poet Rita Dove was once asked what makes poetry successful. She went on to illuminate three key areas: First, the heart of the writer; the things they wish to say – their politics and overarching sensibilities. Second, their tools: how they work language to organise and position words. And the third, the love a person must have for books: “To read, read, read.”

When I started mapping out How to Write It, I wanted to focus on the aspects of writing development that took in both theoretical and interpersonal aspects. No writer lives in a vacuum, their job is an endless task of paying attention.

How do I get myself an agent? What’s the best way to approach a publisher? Should I self-publish? There is never one way to assuage the concerns of those looking to make a career out of writing. Many labour tirelessly for decades on manuscripts that never make it to print. The UK on average publishes around 185,000 new titles per year, ranking us the third largest publishing market in the world, yet the number of aspiring writers is substantially greater.

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How to Find Your Own Writing Style

How to Find Your Own Writing Style

authorlink.com – Saturday October 3, 2020

The definition of what style in writing represents is often blurry and elusive. While some authors are very distinctive when it comes to their wordiness, syntax, tone, and mood, others seem to stand out by nothing in particular—yet create high-quality works and are inspirational and praised nonetheless.

Finding your writing style can last for a year, two, three, or become a journey that never ends: for some authors, experimentation and adaptation are the most exciting parts of the writing process.

Before getting to work on your voice and tone and coming up with a great book title, the first thing you should do is decide what type of writing you’re the most interested in. This decision will help you direct your attention appropriately once you begin to practice your wordcraft.

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