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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #230
May 2022

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News

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

TRU Community Gathering Via Zoom - A Conversation With Literary Agents: How Shutdown Has Changed The Business

TRU Community Gathering Via Zoom - A Conversation With Literary Agents: How Shutdown Has Changed The Business

broadwayworld.com – Saturday May 21, 2022

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 100 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020. TRU hosts their Community Gatherings every Friday at 5pm ET via Zoom, to explore the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19, and these crucial conversations continue going forward as theater reopens. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community - it's an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about how we kept theater alive during shutdown, and what we are doing now, going forward.

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Ex-Pavilion publisher Dunnicliffe sets up Spring Literary agency

Ex-Pavilion publisher Dunnicliffe sets up Spring Literary agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 18, 2022

Following the sale of Pavilion Children’s Books to HarperCollins, publisher Neil Dunnicliffe has left to set up his own agency, Spring Literary. 

The agency will focus on the children’s market, representing both authors and illustrators. 

Dunnicliffe said he is representing some of the talent he worked with at Pavilion, including Pam Smy, shortlistee for the Greenaway and Waterstones Children’s Prizes, and John Broadley, winner of the New York Times illustrated children’s book of the year 2021. The agency has also signed Nibbies-shortlisted Ian Eagleton and Klaus Flugge-longlisted Ian Morris and Flora Delargy. 

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Andrews UK acquires Devon-based publisher Arthur H Stockwell

Andrews UK acquires Devon-based publisher Arthur H Stockwell

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 18, 2022

Bedfordshire-based media publishing and distribution company Andrews UK has acquired Devon publisher Arthur H Stockwell.  

Arthur H Stockwell was originally established in 1898 in London before relocating to North Devon during the Second World War. It is one of the oldest surviving UK publishers having been family owned since that time by the Stockwell family.

Following the acquisition, Arthur H Stockwell operations have now been transferred to Bedfordshire at its own offices in West Wing Studios.  

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Listings

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

New Literary Agent Listing: Steve Schwartz

New Literary Agent Listing: Steve Schwartz

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 18, 2022

Interested in popular fiction (crime, thrillers, and historical novels), world and national affairs, business books, self-help, psychology, humor, sports and travel.

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: Adlard Coles

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 17, 2022

Nautical imprint of large international publisher. Happy to accept unsolicited submissions, but response only if interested. Send all submissions by email with the word "submission" in the subject line.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Justin Nash

New Literary Agent Listing: Justin Nash

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 17, 2022

Looking for thrillers and crime fiction of all types; book club and historical fiction that moves me and makes me think (including novels featuring fantasy/mythology) and SF. In non-fiction, books which open up the conversation and take me on a journey.

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Articles

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

A Conversation About Music, Memory, and the Topographies of Writing

A Conversation About Music, Memory, and the Topographies of Writing

lithub.com – Saturday May 21, 2022

In November of 2019, just months before COVID hit, I met Mesha Maren in person at the Miami Book Festival, in what would turn out to be my last in-person event for a while. Both of us had debut novels out that year, and a few months prior to that meeting Mesha had interviewed me for the Chicago Review of Books. Having a debut novel when you aren’t friends with many writers or people in publishing can be daunting and lonely if you’re on tour, so I was delighted when Mesha reached out to meet up. While having dinner, I learned that Mesha had written a novel that took place on the border, and I don’t recall whether I shared that I was finishing what would become my story collection Valleyesque.

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Agents are feeling the burnout too

Agents are feeling the burnout too

thebookseller.com – Tuesday May 17, 2022

Recent reporting on ’industry-wide burnout’ focused on editors, but agents are struggling with equally unsustainable pressures.

When I first started operating as an agent, I remember complaining to a colleague about my lack of work. I sat on their couch, voicing my panic because I had zero list, no emails, no clients and no meetings. I said to them, how anxious it made me to have so much free time when I was building my list and how much I hated not being ferociously busy. And they gave me a pitying look and said gently, that there would come a day very soon when I would regret every single word I had just said.

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A roundup of helpful books on the craft of writing teach, inspire and sometimes amuse

A roundup of helpful books on the craft of writing teach, inspire and sometimes amuse

nny360.com – Sunday May 15, 2022

“Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts,” by Matt Bell. (Soho Press, 168 pages, $15.99.)

Though his handy, authoritative book is structured as a how-to guide with specific steps, novelist and teacher Matt Bell (“Appleseed”) lays down few absolute rules. He admonishes readers to use what works for them and toss everything else: “Only what is useful to you applies.” Fortunately for readers, particularly those who believe their first draft is perfect, most of what he says applies nearly universally.

Bell aims for approachability, encouraging people to write what excites them and to “save nothing for later.” But he leaves inspiration mostly aside in favor of taking a tradesman’s viewpoint. He emphasizes his three-tier process of rewriting until each draft is as clean as possible. While some advice may seem grueling, like retyping every word (“Yes, everything”) when revising a second draft, it is nearly always on-point.

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