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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #232
July 2022

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: EPTA Books

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 23, 2022

Imprint for non-fiction books and coffee-table beauties.

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News

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

DAW Books Acquired By Astra Publishing House

DAW Books Acquired By Astra Publishing House

tor.com – Thursday July 14, 2022

In big news for science fiction and fantasy publishing, DAW Books is no longer an independently owned publisher. This morning, Astra Publishing House announced its acquisition of the storied SFF imprint.

In a press release, DAW co-publishers (and, until today, owners) Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert said, “We are extremely pleased by Astra’s enthusiasm, and thrilled that we will be the sole SFF imprint of their company (a first for DAW). We think this is the perfect fit for us, and it’s exciting and refreshing to be an integral part of a new and growing company. It speaks volumes about Astra’s respect for our company that they have included our entire staff. We’re very happy.”

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Stop f***ing about and start writing: Writers' HQ writing retreats are back!

Stop f***ing about and start writing: Writers' HQ writing retreats are back!

journalism.co.uk – Thursday July 14, 2022

After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Writers' HQ is relaunching their famous procrastination-busting one-day writing retreats.

This August, WHQ retreats will return to Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh, to be followed soon by Cambridge, Manchester and Glasgow.

Pre-2020, Writers' HQ ran 16 retreats every month across 14 locations across the UK, helping hundreds of writers turn out thousands of words.

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Stylist Short Stories: here’s how to submit your debut short story writing to feature on Stylist Extra

Stylist Short Stories: here’s how to submit your debut short story writing to feature on Stylist Extra

stylist.co.uk – Wednesday July 13, 2022

At Stylist, we love a good story. Whether it’s a thought-provoking tale from Emma Cline’s 2020 collection Daddy or the exciting promise of Lisa Taddeo’s forthcoming Ghost Lover, we believe a tight, well-crafted short story can be just as compelling as a novel. And, more importantly, we know that our readers have stories to tell too.

If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Stylist publishes a new short story (fiction) from a captivating writer each week – and we want your submissions. You don’t have to be established or have even written a story before to submit; we’re more interested in the quality of your words than your writing experience. Stylist Short Stories aren’t limited by genre, either – we’re after romance, horror, crime, fantasy, historical fiction and everything in between. All that we ask is that you’re an original talent whose voice resonates with fellow readers.

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Listings

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

New Literary Agent Listing: Erica Christensen

New Literary Agent Listing: Erica Christensen

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 7, 2022

Only open to SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS queries for established Romance and Thriller authors (Self-Published/Indie and Traditional) who retain the subsidiary rights (audio, foreign, gaming, film/tv) for their book(s). The book(s) must have a minimum of 50 reviews. Please include your Amazon author page and Goodreads page in the Bio section.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Bethany Lucas

New Literary Agent Listing: Bethany Lucas

firstwriter.com – Friday July 1, 2022

Enjoys reading a wide range of genres and is interested in stories that put new spins on old ideas. She especially loves books with fully fleshed out characters, vibrant worlds, and endings that pack an emotional punch.

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New Publishing Imprint Listing: Blue Jeans Books

firstwriter.com – Wednesday June 29, 2022

Romance genre imprint, non-Christian based.

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Articles

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

The web needs writers! Here’s where to find the best gigs

The web needs writers! Here’s where to find the best gigs

latimes.com – Monday July 11, 2022

Traditional newspapers have been laying off writers and editors for more than a decade. But writing and editing jobs are rapidly expanding on the web. Whether it’s to fuel corporate websites, feed new blogs or to support the burgeoning self-published book industry, good communicators have a variety of choices.

Indeed, writing and editing jobs are so copious and varied that you may need to narrow the field by choosing the genre to pursue. Here are some of the many types of writing you can do and the platforms that can help you find writing and editing jobs in that niche.

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Jason Mott on the Power of Routine, and Tackling Writer’s Block by Writing Badly

Jason Mott on the Power of Routine, and Tackling Writer’s Block by Writing Badly

lithub.com – Wednesday June 29, 2022

Literary Hub: What time of day do you write?

Jason Mott: I write first thing in the morning. I get up at 5:30 am and head straight to the computer because I’ve found that the best time to write is when the rest of the world is sleeping. There are just fewer distractions and interruptions first thing in the morning.

LH: How do you tackle writer’s block?

JM: I write. I have a theory that writers block isn’t real. In my opinion, writers block is simply the fear of writing bad. So, on those tough days, I just go ahead and write badly. Eventually, my brain always figures out what it wants to say.

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How I write: Screenwriter Kathryn Burnett on why a writing career is a marathon not a sprint

How I write: Screenwriter Kathryn Burnett on why a writing career is a marathon not a sprint

stuff.co.nz – Tuesday June 28, 2022

Kathryn Burnett has won the Best Drama Script at the NZTV Awards, for her co-writing of the tele-feature The Tender Trap (TVNZ On Demand). Kathryn is an award-winning professional screenwriter, playwright, public speaker and writing mentor/coach. Her latest play, The Campervan, is being produced by Tadpole Productions in September and will have an all-star New Zealand cast and is set to be directed by industry stalwart Simon Prast.

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