A publisher called Chronos is open to queries and submissions regarding historical nonfiction and historical biography: http://www.writing.ie/resources/writing-history-chronos-books-want-to-see-it/
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Are you a writer age 9-21, or do you know one? This looks like a good conference especially for that group: http://laurathomascommunications.com/conference/
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Date: September 29, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The City of Kamloops has invested heavily in recreation and sport infrastructure in the name of the City’s Tournament Capital Program.
The question of the day is whether the proposed AJAX mine is compatible – or in conflict with – a vision established years ago for what Kamloops may become, and if the proposed mine will ‘undermine’ what many who live in Kamloops view as an ideal place to live. The purpose of the presentation is to add to the current debate about Kamloops’ future. Join Dr. Rob Hood and Dr. John Hull, Faculty Members in Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), as they address this question. Presentation takes place in TRU’s Alumni Theatre (Clocktower).
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
These agents are currently looking for clients.
1. Andy Ross of The Andy Ross Agency
Narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, history, current events, and fiction. “I like stories about real people in the real world. No vampires and trolls.”
2. Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary [new agent]
YA with a strong voice (realistic or high-concept), works of narrative non-fiction and pop culture/pop psychology, literary fiction, and contemporary commercial women's fiction.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Good post here on picking names for your fictional people: http://thompsonkelly.wordpress.com/tag/elizabeth-sims/
Wondering how to tell the world about your forthcoming book, self-published or published through traditional channels? My online novelist friend Yael Politis gives great info on her blog. She’s so thorough and explains things so well. Here’s her post on book review blogs: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/book-review-blogs/ and here’s the one on pre-publications reviews in magazines and the like: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/pre-publication-reviews/
Monday, September 23, 2013
Interesting biography-related contest here: http://biographersinternational.org/rowley-prize-for-best-proposal-for-first-biography-to-be-awarded-at-compleat-biographer-conference/
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Willow Creek Press publishes 25 titles per year. This press specializes in nature, outdoor, and sporting books--high-quality nonfiction titles. Prospective authors should submit a chapter-by-chapter outline and sample chapters via mail. BlazeVOX [Books] publishes poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, with an emphasis on poetry. Prospective authors can submit via e-mail or an online contact form. I don’t have the links handy, but your search engine can probably find them for you if you’re interested.
Good post here on cover design for self-published [and other] books: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/cover-design/
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Good info here on finishing your novel, revising it, handling the various elements within it like copyright page, etc. http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/my-blog/
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Scott McIntyre, founder and former CEO of Douglas & McIntyre, has joined Figure 1 Publishing. Figure 1 was formed in February by three D&M executives after the Canadian independent filed for bankruptcy. At Figure 1, McIntyre will work on business strategy and business development, as well as title acquisition.
“This is a huge boon for us,” said Chris Labonté, publisher of Figure 1 and one of the three Figure 1 cofounders. “Scott has a brilliant brain for publishing.” Figure 1 publishes illustrated books—art & architecture, food & wine, lifestyle, illustrated history, children’s—as well as business books and corporate history. It will launch its inaugural list of nine titles this fall.
Wattpad, Harlequin Sponsor ‘New Adult’ Writing Contest
Sep 17, 2013
Wattpad, an online writing community, is teaming up with Harlequin to represent the New Adult category as a cosponsor of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest. Writers from around the world can upload a first chapter of their book to the Wattpad site and a team of judges will pick four submissions and each one will get a publishing deal with Harlequin.
Wattpad is soliciting material in the New Adult category for Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest. New Adult is a newly popular category aimed at readers 18-25 years old and generally adds more mature themes (from sexuality to broader life decisions) to the Young Adult category. The contest opens September 23 and the deadline for submissions is October 28. Contestants should submit their first chapter (maximum 5,000 words) and a 100-word description that details the book’s concept, plot, characters, conflict, and setting. For more info, go to http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Novelist Yael Politis has good stuff here on distributing self-published books, along with pros and cons of self-publishing: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/distributors-aggregators/. If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy it and paste it into your search engine.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Good stuff here on literary agents and what they do. Also info on several agents currently open to submissions: http://www.getpublishednow.biz/agents.html
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Here’s a good post on self-publishing & budgeting by one of my online novelist friends, Yael Politis: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/make-a-budget/
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Here's an interesting message from Arthur Powers, editor of CatholicFiction.net:
Posted by: "Arthur Powers" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:25 am ((PDT))
CatholicFiction.net is badly in need of additional contemporary book reviewers. All of our regular reviewers are fully "booked" and we have about fifteen books that need to be reviewed.
If you - or anyone you know - would be interested in reviewing, please let me know.
Here's how it works. A potential reviewer can contact me directly and/or go onto our site - www.CatholicFiction.net - go to the tab "Our Reviewers," click on the box "Become A Reviewer," and follow the instructions.
If you contact me directly (which is probably the easier path), tell me what kinds of books you like to review and whether you prefer print copies or Kindle.
Note that I handle contemporary reviews - books written since about 2000 - if you want to review classics, it is best to go through the site.
Based on your interest, I will invite you to review a book. If you agree, a copy of the book will be sent to you. There is usually no time line for reviewing - i.e., if you take two or three months (or even longer) to finish the review, that's not a problem.
We are all volunteers - the site can't afford to pay reviewers - but it is a fun way to read some books, think about them, express one's opinion, and get into print. As a reviewer, your name, picture, bio, and website (if you so choose) are posted and linked on the CatholicFiction.net site.
Please think about it and pass the word along to others who may be interested. Thanks! Arthur
Editor of http://www.catholicfiction.net/
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Cease, Cows invite submissions of short “strange” literary fiction: magic realism, slipstream, apocalyptic, etc. One of their categories is for works of 500 words or less. Another category is for fiction of 500 to 1500 words. They also invite prose poetry. No entry fee and no payment, but if they choose to publish your piece you'd have a credit to put on your curriculum vitae. More information at: http://ceasecows.com/submissions/
Miniature Magazine is open to submissions of many kinds of writing. All pieces must be 1500 words or less. They're also open to artwork. No entry fee and no payment, but if they choose to publish your piece you'd have a credit to put on your curriculum vitae. Current deadline November 4. More information at: http://www.miniaturemag.com/Contribute
Monday, September 2, 2013
Message from On the Premises mag:
If you'd like to try getting paid for your fiction, why not consider us? Since 2006, On The Premises magazine has aimed to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. We've never charged a reading fee or publication fee, and we pay between $40 and $180 for short stories that fit each issue's broad story premise. We publish stories in nearly every genre (literary/realist, mystery, light/dark fantasy, light/hard sci-fi, slipstream) aimed at adults or older teens (no children's fiction).
The premise of our 21st contest is INSTRUCTIONS. A set of instructions, or just one instruction, must be an important element of your story. The instruction(s) can be written, spoken, or transmitted in any other way you can make believable.
You may be asking yourself: Do the instructions have to be followed correctly? Do they have to be understood? Do they have to be... and what about... and what if...
All of that is up to you.
Any genre except children's fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. We will also never accept parodies of another author's specific fictional character(s) or world(s). No exceptions!
You can find details and instructions for submitting your story at http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html. To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter.