<![CDATA[Erica Verrillo - Blog]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:39:54 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[15 Famous Authors Who Were Published After 40]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:31:57 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/15-famous-authors-who-were-published-after-40
The drive to be successful while still in the first blush of youth may be appropriate for dancers, athletes, and models, but it does not apply to the contemplative arts. Writers who publish in their 20s may be jumping the gun, with too little life experience to back them up for the long haul.

This is not to say that writers in their 20s can't have talent. They obviously do. But creating a novel demands not just talent, but discipline, and a certain amount of - how shall I put it - cynicism.


So, dear younger writers, and dear older ones, take heart if you haven't published your novel and are now gazing at the looming age of 40 with dread, or looking back on it with nostalgia. Here is a list of fifteen famous authors who were published after the age of 40.

(Just for the record, while I can't claim fame, my first novel was published by Random House when I was 50.)

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1. Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot, published her first novel, Adam Bede, at age 40. It was an instant success and Eliot went on to write six more novels.


2. William S. Burroughs' first book, Junky, was published in 1953, when Burroughs was 40. Naked Lunch appeared six years later.

3. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen-name, Mark Twain, published his first novel, Huckleberry Finn, when he was 41.

4. Marcel Proust didn’t publish the first volume of À la Recherche du Temps Perdu until he was 43. He paid for the publishing costs himself after the manuscript was rejected by the publishing house where Andre Gide was editor-in-chief.


5. Henry Miller's first book, Tropic of Cancer, was published when he was 44. The book had to be published in France, because it was too risque for the American market.

6. J. R. R. Tolkien's first novel, The Hobbit, was published when he was 45 years old. For the next ten years he worked on his trilogy, Lord of the Rings, only to encounter snags with his publisher when he had finished it. Lord of the Rings was published over the years 1954 and 1955, by which time he was 63.

7. Tony Hillerman published The Blessing Way when he was 45. His agent, Ann Elmo, famously told Hillerman to "Get rid of the Indian stuff."

8. Bram Stoker published his first novel, The Snake's Pass, when he was 43. He published Dracula when he was 50.

9. Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published when he was 44. Roots, his second book, came out eleven years later, when he was 55.

10. Raymond Chandler’s first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939, when he was 51.

11. Richard Adams published Watership Down at age 52. It was an instant classic


12. Annie Proulx, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, didn't publish her first novel, Postcards, until she was 57. The Shipping News was published a year later.

13. Daniel Defoe published his debut novel, Robinson Crusoe, at age 59. 

14. Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first book in her "Little House" series, Little House in the Big Woods, in 1932, when she was 65 years old. She finished her last book when she was 76.

15. Frank McCourt's memoir, Angela's Ashes, came out when he was 66.
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<![CDATA[What are the most popular literary genres?]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:06:53 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/what-are-the-most-popular-literary-genres
Determining the most popular fiction genres is not as straightforward a task as it may seem. Is popularity judged by how many people say they prefer a certain genre, by books actually read, by revenue, or by books published? Each of these questions will yield a different answer.

Time period is also a consideration. Are we looking at last year's books, last decade's books, or all-time publishing and sales records? The infographic to the left from Ebook Friendly is a compilation of all book sales for which there are figures. Children's books are clearly the winner. But one has to take into account the boost in sales generated by the Harry Potter series, which alone generated $25 billion in revenue, selling more than 400 million books worldwide. And while the Harry Potter books may be classed as children's fiction, they may also be classed as cross-over, fantasy, and magical realism.

Given these complexities, let's break down what is meant by popularity based on what people say they read (which encompasses books people borrow from libraries), which books are sold, which genres generate the greatest revenue, and which books agents and publishers predict will sell, as these will produce the greatest number of contracts.

Preferences

According to Statistica, the most popular genre in the U.S. is mystery/thriller/crime books. Nearly half of their respondents said they had read books in this genre in 2015. This was followed by romance, which nearly a third (27%) had read.

However, according to Nielsen BookScan, which compiles data on actual sales, the most popular adult genre in 2015 was general adult fiction followed by romance and suspense/thrillers. Children's books sold more than three times the number of adult books.

The most popular genres according to 2015 Nielson sales data are:

Children's General Fiction (49,325)
Children's Science Fiction/Fantasy/Magic (44,578)
Children's Social Situations/Family/Health (24,932)

Adult General Fiction (35,101)
Adult Romance (28,031)
Adult Suspense/Thrillers (21,783)


What Genres Do Agents Request?

The top fiction genres that agents request don't necessary correspond to the genres with the most sales. The reason for this is that agents work on commission. Their percentage (usually 15%) is based on the amount of money books generate. So while children's books may sell more copies, they usually cost less than adult or YA fiction. In addition, media options for games, film, and TV are more likely to pan out for YA and adult contracts. (Harry Potter breaks all the rules.) According to Query Tracker the top ten most requested genres are:
1 Young Adult
2 Fantasy
3 Literary Fiction
4 Children's
5 Science Fiction
6 Thrillers/Suspense
7 Middle Grade
8 Romance
9 Historical
10 Women's Fiction

Which Genres Make the Most Money?

At $1.44 billion, Romance and Erotica are #1 in sales. That figure includes self-published romance as well. With 30 million dedicated readers, it's hard to miss if you write in this genre. As anyone in advertising knows, sex sells.

According to Bookstr, Crime and Mystery novels come in second at $728.2 million. People have a fascination with murder, whether it's a "cozy" murder in the Cotswolds or "torture porn." The fact that most murders are relatively mundane crimes committed against family members, neighbors, and friends does not lessen the appeal of hunting for "who dunnit."

Inspirational and Religious books generated $720 million in 2012. This number reflects the fact that the Bible is the most published book of all time, but it also reflects the popularity of self-help and other inspirational titles, which have gained a large share of the market.

Fantasy and Science Fiction come in at $590 million. Like Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy have dedicated readers, which means there is a steady market. This is why so many agents include SFF on their wish lists.

You will notice that the books agents are most interested in don't have a one-to-one correspondence with the books that have generated the most sales. For example, many agents put YA at the top of their lists, while Romance actually generates the most sales. The reason for the discrepancy is two-fold; 1) Romance authors can easily publish their work without the help of an agent, either with a Romance publisher or on their own, and 2) YA is a developing market.

According to The Balance, the number of YA titles more than doubled between 2002 and 2012 — over 10,000 YA books came out in 2012 versus about 4,700 in 2002, and this upward trajectory is only increasing. Agents not only choose manuscripts based on what is happening now in the publishing industry, but on projected sales. It takes a year or more after a contract is signed to get a book on the shelves, and that's not counting the time it takes to make a sale. Agents, like publishers, have to keep an eye on trends.

Which Genre Should You Write?

That is an easy question to answer: Write whatever genre that suits you. Don't base your decision on the genres agents want, or on the market. If your heart isn't in what you are writing, you'll only make yourself miserable. Ultimately, the writers who are the most successful have followed their own ideas, their own inspiration, their own muse. My advice is to write what you care about — and keep your day job.
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<![CDATA[Book Fairs: Are They Worth It for Indie Authors?]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:45:39 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/book-fairs-are-they-worth-it-for-indie-authors
Large international book fairs, such as Frankfurt and Bologna, are where industry professionals meet to buy and sell rights, arrange for subsidiary rights, such as film and games, and scope out what's hot in the literary market.

Can self-published authors set up a table at international book fairs? Technically, no. But in 2013, Tina Seskis formed a shell publishing company (hers was the only published book on the list), and exhibited at Frankfurt. She ended up nabbing a $500,000 deal with HarperCollins.

In general, setting up a shell company is frowned upon, and venues are tightening up their restrictions. But you can still exhibit if you have self-published. Combined Book Exhibit offers self-publishers the opportunity to showcase their books (print or ebook) and/or advertise it for a few hundred, rather than a few thousand dollars. There is an annual membership fee of $150.

The question is: Should self-publishers invest even a few hundred dollars? Showing your book at a book fair can be an advantage, provided you (the author) intend to make an appearance and know how to make a sale. Tina Seskis actually attended the Frankfurt Book Fair and set up a booth, so she was able to negotiate a deal. If you aren't there to represent yourself, and your book is merely displayed, it won't attract anyone's attention.

The other thing to consider is whether your book already has a track record. Most publishers are reluctant to make a deal with an author who has no fans, and whose books have not garnered significant sales. (Selling over 10,000 books in the first year is considered significant.)

The bottom line for first-time self-publishers is not to waste your money on an international book fair. However, if you happen to live near one of these events, it is worth attending as a member of the public, if only to get a taste of what is available to publishers.

While international book fairs may not be the best option for self-published authors, local and regional book fairs are another matter entirely. These present many opportunities for local authors to read, sell and sign books, and lead workshops. Local fairs are an excellent means of building a fan base, as well as making contact with other authors. If you would like to exhibit, costs are much lower than for international fairs, and the logistics are easier to manage. You can find out if there is a fair in your region by contacting your local chamber of commerce, or by googling "book fair" and your city.

Recommended reading

Read Jane Friedman's article on BEA before investing your time and money: Authors: Think Twice Before Paying to Exhibit at Book Expo (BEA)

Indie Author Fringe advises against international book fairs: Authors, Don’t Waste your Money: Book Fair Bewares: David Gaughran

Debbie Young points out that even if you don't exhibit your book, fairs are a good opportunity for meeting people in the industry, attending talks, and learning about publishing: Publishing Conferences & Book Fairs – What’s In Them for Self-published Authors?

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International Book Fairs

New Delhi World Book Fair
New Delhi, India
January 6 - 14, 2018

The New Delhi World Book Fair is India's second oldest book fair after the Kolkata Book Fair. India is the third biggest market for English publications with almost 12,000 publishers that publish around 90,000 titles a year in more than 18 languages. Visitors come from India as well as the USA, Bangladesh, France, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Germany.


Bologna Children's Book Fair
Bologna, Italy
March 26 - 29, 2018

The Bologna Children's Book Fair is the world's leading event for children's book authors and publishers. This is where all industry professionals involved with creating and publishing children's books buy and sell rights for books, translations, and for derived products like movies or animated series. Major awards are also given at the fair, the Bologna Ragazzi Awards, in four categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, New Horizons (for the non-Western world) and Opera Prima (for first works).
London Book Fair
Olympia, London, UK
April 10-12, 2018

The London Book Fair is the second largest international book fair, after Frankfurt. Over 1700 exhibitors participate in The London Book Fair, representing a wide range of interests and markets within the publishing industry.

BookExpo America/BookCon 
New York, NY
May 30 - June 1, 2018

American Library Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA
June 21-26, 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 62,000 members. The ALA annual conference is one of the largest professional conferences in existence, typically drawing over 25,000 attendees.


Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China
August 22 - 26, 2018

The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) is the most important book fair in Asia. At the 2017 event, 5,262 deals were struck. There were 2,511 exhibitors, and 300,000 visitors. Eighty-nine countries and regions were represented, over half of which were international. A popular event was "First Step into the Chinese Market." Representatives from eleven embassies and cultural institutes were guest speakers.

Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
October 10 - 14, 2018


The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest trade fair for books. With 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries representing book publishing, multimedia and technology companies, it is considered the most important book fair for international deals and trading.  Publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, academics, illustrators, service providers, film producers, translators, professional and trade associations, institutions, artists, authors, antiquarians, software and multimedia suppliers all participate in the events.

Tickets for individuals range from 19 Euros for one day to 30 euros for two days. Exhibition space costs 372 - 450 euros per square meter. Custom-designed stands can be over 40 square meters. There are additional charges to set up early. In addition there are lighting fees, furniture rentals, surcharges, which bring costs up to the thousands.

Major Book Fairs in the US

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace. If you live in New York, which is the publishing hub of the US, plan on attending this event.

National Book Festival

This yearly festival is held in Washington, DC and is sponsored by the Library of Congress. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country attended in 2017, packing the ten stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Library live-streamed the entire Main Stage event on its Facebook page, where it was watched by thousands of viewers.

The Miami Book Fair International

The Miami Book Fair International describes itself as an "eight-day literary party." The highlight of the event is the Festival of Authors, with more than 450 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program. More than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles. There are programs for children, workshops, presentations, and every kind of literary event you can think of.

Baltimore Book Festival

The Baltimore Book Festival is sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a non-profit organization that serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. More than 500 authors appeared at the festival in September 2017.

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. Authors have ranged from international bestsellers to debut authors. Past participants include Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Yewande Omotoso, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Joseph Stiglitz, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. The headliner for the 2018 Festival is Khizr Khan, author of An American Family and This Is Our Constitution.

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival features 250 nationally and critically recognized authors, more than 20 venues including the State Capitol, 80 exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and  opportunities to meet authors. Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, the Festival has hosted thousands of notable and award-winning authors over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Robert Caro, Sandra Cisneros, Salman Rushdie, Cheryl Strayed, Walter Mosley, Molly Shannon, Frank McCourt, Ziggy Marley, Liz Carpenter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many others.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The LA Times Festival is held every year on the University of Southern California campus. Over 150,000 people typically attend the Festival, which features writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians. The line-up for 2018 includes Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Bryan Cranston, Cory Doctorow, and more writers and performers than I can count. Don't miss this event if you live in LA.

Louisiana Book Festival

This one-day annual festival held in Baton Rouge attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The event is sponsored by the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana Center for the Book, the Louisiana Library Foundation and local businesses.The festival features author signings and readings, workshops, exhibits, food, activities for children, and (of course) live music.

Chicago Tribune Printer's Row Lit Fest

The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (South Dearborn Street from Harrison to Polk, Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School), attracting more than 100 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs. It is now the largest literary festival in the Mid-West.

Jewish Book Festivals

There are more Jewish book festivals than I can name. You can find a list of sixteen of them HERE. (If you type "Jewish Book Festivals" into a Google search, you will find dozens more.) Jewish culture places a high value on literacy and on literature. If you are a Jewish author, these are great events to participate in. 
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<![CDATA[3 New Literary Agents Actively Seeking Scifi, Fantasy, Adult Fiction, YA & More]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:19:10 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/3-new-literary-agents-actively-seeking-scifi-fantasy-adult-fiction-ya-more
Here are three agents actively building their client lists. Rachel Horowitz (Bent Agency) specializes in children’s and commercial adult fiction. Jennifer Haskin (The Corvisiero Agency) is seeking young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction. Lexi Wangler (Massie & McQuilkin) is primarily looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.

Before you query, go to the agency's website, read the agent's bio and check submission requirements. Submission requirements often change, and agents may switch agencies or close their lists.

If these agents do not suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin

Lexi Wangler is a junior agent and foreign rights associate at Massie & McQuilkin. She holds a dual MFA in Fiction and Writing for Children from The New School. Coming to MMQ from PEN American Center and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, she graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2013. Lexi assists Maria on all foreign rights for Massie & McQuilkin, and is looking for books that focus on complex, three-dimensional characters, especially women and non-binary people.

She is passionate about representation across the race, class, gender and sexuality spectrum and uplifting voices that historically have had less of an opportunity to resonate. Subverting genre boundaries and strong, distinct voices are appealing to her, as are books that reflect truth back to the reader. Her MFA background is proof of her strong dedication to exemplary writing, and she prizes a clear narrative above all else.

What she is seeking: She is primarily looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.

How to submit: To query Lexi, please email your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of the email to Lexi@mmqlit.com with the word “query” in the subject line.
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Rachel Horowitz of the Bent Agency

Rachel has spent nearly two decades in publishing, most recently as a children's literary scout at Maria Campbell Associates, and before that, as the Director of Rights & Co-Editions at Scholastic. While at Scholastic she helped build many successful author franchises, including Maggie Steifvater, Blue Balliet, Brian Selznick and Walter Wick. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a two-time writing fellow at the Breadloaf Writing Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont.

What she is seeking: Rachel is looking for well-crafted middle-grade stories that have heart, humor and adventure, and for YA, romance with an authentic voice, and stories that reflect what teens are grappling with today - girl power, body image, family dynamics, race relations. She is also looking for memoirs and fiction that feature a teen protagonist and can even be read by adults; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thomas Walker are good examples.

How to submit: Send query to:  horowitzqueries@thebentagency.com  Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).
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Jennifer Haskin of The Corvisiero Agency


Jennifer Haskin is an agent, author, and portrait artist who lives in Olathe, Kansas. She began working for The Corvisiero Agency in October of 2017, following her time at Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She assists in a Creative Writing workshop and runs weekly author writing groups. She is a member of Saavy Authors, RWA, Missouri, Kansas City, and Nebraska Writing Guilds. She has a B.S. from Friends University, but took her English coursework through the University of Missouri. Her debut novel, The Key of F, was named a winner in the Ink & Insights literary contest in 2016, and is scheduled for release May 8th 2018.

What she is seeking: Young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction. (She is a sucker for romance, too.) She is drawn to faulty heroines with strong voices, real friendships, and super skills with a weapon. As well as a hunky love interest with a tangled plot of his own. Currently not accepting: screenplays, poetry, picture books, or nonfiction.

How to submit: Query directly at http://QueryMe.Online/jennhaskin.
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<![CDATA[20 Great Podcasts for Writers]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:27:46 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/20-great-podcasts-for-writers
Podcasts are perfect for people who commute, or who spend a lot of time in a car, subway, or train. (Airplanes! Boats!)

There are a lot of great podcasts for writers. They span the gamut - from entertaining shows about writing, history, and language to informative episodes about publishing, marketing, building a platform, how to get readers, and a lot more.

You can even listen to all the presentations given at the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop. And if you want to get the inside scoop on the publishing industry, there are plenty of interviews with agents, editors, and published authors.

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A Way with Words

A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family. Episodes include: Decisions by dictionary editors, wacky wordplay, and Walt Whitman’s soaring verse, the epic history behind a familiar vegetable: fans of illustrator Maurice Sendak eagerly await publication of a newly discovered manuscript by the late author, writing advice from Mark Twain and a wonderful bit of prose from Sara Pennypacker’s book Pax. You'll want to listen to these episodes at your leisure.


Writing Excuses

"Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart." Some episodes: Extreme long-form serial stories, and how to keep things interesting without forcing the main characters into an absurdly high number of character-developing moments; Create a “Beat Chart” identifying iconic moments, questions and answers, and new promises to readers, and then break these out into book-sized groups; and “Raising the stakes,” making the outcomes of the events in a story increasingly important to the reader. In this episode they talk about the tools they use to raise the stakes in ways that are more sophisticated than just queuing up larger and larger explosions.


Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. To download podcast episodes not shown on the iTunes list, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop Podcasts

If you can't afford to attend a writing conference, the next best thing is to listen to one. Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures. For more information, visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org.

Creative Writing Career

Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

Write Now with Sarah Werner | For Writers, On Writing


A weekly podcast for aspiring writers looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.
I Should Be Writing

Host Mur Lafferty is a science fiction writer who is "still learning." The podcast features writing interviews and how-tos.

Reading And Writing Podcast

Host Jeff Rutherford interviews authors about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing. Authors include Dean Koontz, Susan Crandall, Mike Resnick and many more. The series does not appear to have any new episodes past July 2017, but there are 217 interviews to choose from.

Authority Self-Publishing: Marketing, Writing and Kindle Publishing Tips for Authors

Authority Self-Publishing is a show where you can get detailed advice from three author marketing experts: Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, and Ron Clendenin. Primarily, they cover Amazon Kindle publishing strategies (through the KDP platform). But they also offers a variety of marketing tactics you can use to grow your book-based business. Each episode contains 30+ minutes of actionable content you can immediately apply to your writing business. Tune in every Monday and Thursday to get the latest news on indie publishing. Finally, each episode comes with detailed show notes where you can get a recap of the content and all the resource links that are mentioned. There appear to be no new episodes past January 2017, but there are 86 highly informative episodes spanning the previous year that are still worth listening to.

The Writer Files

Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer s block.

The Dead Robots Society

"By aspiring writers, for aspiring writers." Writing tips, interviews, book reviews, the apocalypse and other writing disasters. Or writing other disasters, depending on how you order your syntax. All round good fun

The Creative Penn Podcast

Author Joanna Penn provides one of the most thorough, well organized sources of publishing and writing information out there. Some of her highly informative podcasts include: Top 5 Mistakes of Indie Authors with Ricardo Fayet from Reedsy, Mastering Amazon Ads with Brian D. Meeks, How to Write a Mystery with Rebecca Cantrell, Writing Memoir with Roz Morris, Social media tips for writers with Frances Caballo and Writing fast, building an audience and Facebook advertising for authors with Mark Dawson.

The Story Grid

"Helping you become a better writer." Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

Beautiful Writers Podcast

"Up-close conversations with your favorite writers." Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. Join Linda and her celebrity co-hosts for deep, funny, powerful interviews with authors and songwriters who have pulled it off—from breakout success to staying power. Heart-centered encouragement, street smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Details of biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world.

The Writers Panel

The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you’d care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.

The WRITER 2.0

The WRITER 2.0 Podcast is a show about writing, books, and the publishing industry. Hosted by author and professor A.C. Fuller, the show features interviews with authors, journalists, and publishing experts. About the Host: A.C. Fuller is a former adjunct professor of journalism at NYU. His non-fiction has been featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal and New York Newsday; his fiction in Cracked Eye Magazine. The prologue to his writing book in progress—WRITER 2.0—won the 2014 San Francisco Writers Contest, non-fiction category. His debut novel, THE ANONYMOUS SOURCE, was published in June of 2015. For more information: www.acfuller.com. The most recent podcast is from March 2017, but the list of previous episodes is worth delving into.

Create If Writing Podcast

This is the place for you if you are a writer, blogger, or creative who wants to build an online platform without being smarmy. Episodes include: Mailchimp updates, How to form lasting connections, Bad pitches, How to get more readers and sell more books, Tips for building traffic, and a whole lot more.

Damian Barr's Literary Salon

Writers read from their own works aloud in this podcast. Nothing is more exciting than listening to an author read!

Helping Writers Become Authors

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love.

Writer's Voice

Writer's Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer's Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.
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<![CDATA[34 Calls for Submissions in November 2017 - Paying markets]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:29:36 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/34-calls-for-submissions-in-november-2017-paying-markets
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There are nearly three dozen calls for submissions in November. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories about mermaids and pirates, to essays on happiness.

I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

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The First LineGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Must begin with the line: "I'm tired of trying to see the good in people." Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Skirt! Theme: The Jolly issue. Genre: Essay theme: Stories about happiness, joy, what brings you to happy tears or tears of laughter. Payment: $200 per piece. Deadline: November 1, 2017.

THEMATheme: Dancing in the Wind. Genre: Short stories, poems, essays. Payment: Short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem. Deadline: November 1, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep BlueGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works: anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. Payment: 6 cents per word. (Reprints 2 cents per word.) Deadline: November 1, 2017. Reprints accepted.

EllipsisGenres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 for prose; $10 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Fell Beasts and Fair AnthologyGenre: Speculative short stories on theme: Fell Beasts and Fair. Payment: $0.01 / word. Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Sun Magazine: Love and JusticeGenre: Poetry on theme: Love and Justice. Payment: $100. Deadline: November 1, 2017.

ShooterGenre: Poems and stories on theme of New Life. Minimum 2000 words for stories.  Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: November 5, 2017.

The Pedestal MagazineGenre: Poetry. Payment: $40. Deadline: November 6, 2017.

Ninth LetterGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Online Edition on theme of "Community."  Payment: $25 per poem, $75 per story or essay. Deadline: November 5, 2017.

Alien DimensionsGenreSpeculative fiction. "Alien New Orbit Celebration!” Payment: $10.  Deadline: November 10, 2017.

FiresideGenre: Short stories, flash fiction. Payment: 12 cents/word. Deadline: November 11, 2017. Opens to submissions on November 5.

One StoryGenre: Short story. Payment: $500. Deadline: November 14, 2017.

World Weaver Press: Glass & Gardens: Solarpunk Summers AnthologyGenre: Fiction. "For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk summers. Show me futuristic stories that take place in summer, whether that involves a summer night in a rooftop garden, or characters adapting to extreme heat and weather, or an annual migration to cooler lands. Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias." Payment: TBD (Determined by Kickstarter success. $10 minimum.) Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Hinnom MagazineGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Payment: $0.005 cents per word with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum cap of $25.00. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Fire PoetryGenre: Poetry. Payment: $5. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Fighting Monkey Press: Uncommon EvilGenre: Dark fiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

VallumGenre: Poetry, essays, interviews, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: November 15, 2017. Snail mail submissions only for poems.

Manchester Speculative Fiction: Revolutions 2Genre: Speculative fiction set in Manchester, UK. Payment: £15. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Human Noise JournalGenre: Short stories, personal essays, poems. Payment: $30. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Dead Man's TomeGenre: Horror, Dark fiction, lovecraftian. Theme: Cthulhu Christmas. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Spark: Sadie Hawkins. "In this issue we want stories where the woman pursues the man. Strong, determined, know-what-they-want women who go after love. Whether it’s an unconventional proposal or someone who thinks they should be more than friends, let the lady take the leading role." Genre: Short fiction. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: November 24, 2017.

Writer's DigestGenre: Nonfiction articles about freelancing and publishing. Pitches only. "Put yourself in the shoes of a freelance writer and think about what would help them find more success." Payment: Competitive rates. Deadline: November 26, 2017.

Astounding Outpost: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Grave RobbersGenre: Dark fiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 28, 2017.

Band of Misfits: Adventures on the High Seas AnthologyRestrictions: Only writers between the ages of 13-19 will be considered. Genre: Short story up to 7,500 words on theme of "gangs of pirates, steampunk sailors, mischievous mermaids, hostile Kraken, submerged vortexes, or any other mamapritime adventures you’d care to explore—whether contemporary, historical, science fiction, fantasy, or horror." Payment: $30. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Chicken Soup for the SoulGenre: True stories and poetry. "We’re looking for stories about how you found love. And how you kept it fresh over the years. New love, old love, please warm our hearts with your stories and poems. PLEASE NOTE THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS, NOT FOR TEENS. We’re happy to hear about your high school sweetheart if you ended up together, but we are not looking for stories from current teens about teen relationships." Payment: $200.  Deadline:  November 30, 2017.

Ninth LetterGenre: Fiction. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Third Point PressGenre: Fiction, poetry. Theme: Skin. Payment: $10. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Winter TangerineGenre: Poetry, prose, and visual art on theme of fairy tales. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Fantasia DivinityGenre: Short stories on theme of Norse Mythology. Payment: One half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum of $15.00. Reprints - $10 max. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

ApparitionGenre: Poetry and fiction on theme of Apparition. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Behind the Mask AnthologyGenre: Dark fiction. Payment: $50 (AUD). Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Enchanted ConversationGenre: Fairy tale. Theme: Elves and the Shoemaker. Payment: Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Holy CowGenre: Speculative fiction located in the Fertile Crescent. Payment: $0.07 - $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Deadline: November 30, 2017.
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<![CDATA[37 Writing Contests in November 2017 - No entry fees]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:25:21 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/37-writing-contests-in-november-2017-no-entry-fees
November is a great month for free writing contests. There are more than three dozen this month. As always, every form of writing, from short stories and poems to full-length works, is represented.

Most writing contests have geographical and other restrictions. So, make sure to check submission guidelines carefully before entering.

If you want to stay ahead of next month's, or even next year's, contests check Free Contests. Many writing competitions are offered annually, so it's worth it to look at contests even if they have passed.


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Commonwealth Short Story PrizeRestrictions: Open to citizens of the British Commonwealth.  Genre: Unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible. Prize: Regional winners receive £2,500 (US$3,835) and the overall winner will receive £5,000 (US$7,670). Deadline: November 1, 2017. 

Into the Black. Genre: Speculative fiction, 5000 words max, about the impacts of a basic income on individual lives and on society at large. Prize: $12,000. Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Patrick Henry Writing FellowshipGenre: Nonfiction book in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Fellowship amount: $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2018-2019) in historic Chestertown, Md. Deadline: November 1, 2017. 

Lindenwood Chapter One ContestGenre: First chapter of unpublished novel. Maximum submission length is 25 pages. Double-space and use a standard font size and style. Prize: $50, publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies. Honorable mentions receive publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review and three contributor copies. Deadline: November 1, 2017. 

Boston Accent LitRestrictions: Open to self-identifying women of color writer from the US (including overseas territories). Entrants must not yet have published a short story collection or a novel.  Genre: Short story. Prize: Publication in Boston Accent Lit Magazine. Deadline: November 1, 2017. 

William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers.  Restrictions: Writers must not have published a book, short story, or dramatic work in the mystery field, either in print, electronic, or audio form. Genre: Mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type—i.e., “traditional mysteries.” These works usually feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex. Prize: Each grant may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers' conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award (no later than May 2016). In the case of nonfiction, the grant may be used to offset research expenses. Each grant currently includes a $1,500 award plus a comprehensive registration for the following year's convention and two nights' lodging at the convention hotel, but does not include travel to the convention or meals. Deadline: November 1, 2017. Read details here.

Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prizes in Nonfiction and PoetryRestrictions: Undergraduates. Genre: Awards will be given to the best piece in each genre that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. Winning pieces will speak to the experience — joys and challenges — of being Muslim in America today in ways that educate and inform our readers. Winning pieces may also demonstrate an understanding of Islamic history, culture, contributions, and / or its influence on society. Prize: $500 and publication in Oakland Arts Review.  Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Vermont Writers' PrizeRestrictions: Open to residents of Vermont. Genres: Short story, poem, play or essay on the theme of Vermont - its people, places, history or values. Entries must be unpublished and fewer than 1,500 words long. Writers may submit only one entry per year. Prize: $1,500 and publication in Vermont MagazineDeadline: November 1, 2017.

RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-FictionRestrictions: Canadian citizens only. Genre: Nonfiction book. Prize: C$25,000. Shortlisted authors receive $2,000. Prize: Deadline: November 3, 2017 for books published between October 1 and October 30, 2017. Read details here.

Dylan Thomas PrizeRestrictions: Authors must be aged 39 or under. Eligible books must have been commercially published for the first time in the English language between January 1 and December 31 of the year in which the deadline falls. Genre: Published books of poetry, fiction (novel, novella, or short story collection), radio scripts, or screenplays. Eligible books must have been commercially published for the first time in the English language between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Prize: 30,000 pounds, plus 1,000 pounds for shortlisted authors. Deadline: November 6, 2017. 

New York Encounter Poetry ContestGenre: Poetry on the theme "An 'Impossible' Unity." Prize:  Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems.  Deadline: November 7, 2017.

Women's Prize for FictionGenre: Published book by a woman. Entrants must be writing in English and must be published in the UK. Novels must be published in the United Kingdom between 1 April 2017, and 31 March 2018. All subject matters and women of any age, from any nationality or country of residence are eligible. Prize: £30,000.00. Deadline: November 8, 2017.

The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging WritersGenre: First published short story. Authors may not submit their own work. Prize: $2000 and publication in The PEN America Best Debut Short StoriesDeadline: November 10, 2017.

New Roscommon Writing AwardRestrictions: All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc). Genres: All.  Prize: €500.00. Deadline: November 10, 2017.

Flo Gault Student Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Full-time undergraduate college students in Kentucky. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: November 15th, 2017.

Polar Expressions Publications Short Story CompetitionRestrictions: Open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Genre: Short story. Prize: $300, $200, $100. Deadline: November 15th, 2017.

Best $20 Travel Blog AwardGenre: Nonfiction blog post. Write a 350-750 word post on your blog about the best $20 (or less) you’ve ever spent while on your global travels. Tell us how you spent it, and why it was totally worth it. Prize: First prize - $1,000 gift card, Runner-up - $500 gift card, People's choice - $250 gift card. Deadline: November 15th, 2017.

Travel Misadventure ContestGenre: True story about a travel misadventure, up to 500 words.  Prize: $100 e-gift card. Deadline: November 15th, 2017.

Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political WritingRestrictions: Titles must be published in Canada. Self-published books are not eligible. Genre: A book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. Prize: Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500. Deadline: November 22, 2017 for books published between September 13, 2017 and December 31, 2017. 

The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction CompetitionGenre: Flash fiction, 100 words max in any of these languages:Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. Prize: 20,000 dollars is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest. Deadline: November 23, 2017.

Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize is sponsored by the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival. Genre: Non-fiction essay between 4 to 10 pages, set in Brooklyn about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters. (Up to 2500 words). Prize: $500. Deadline: November 23, 2017.

Best New Writing's Gover Story PrizeGenre: Unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words. Prize: $250 top prize. Deadline: November 25, 2017.

Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School StudentsRestrictions: Student writers in the 11th grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100. Deadline: November 27, 2017.

Future First Line ContestGenre: The first line of a novel set in 2071 - 27 words max. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: November 28, 2017.

Encore Award. Restrictions: Open to British or Commonwealth citizens. Genre: Second published novel. Book must have been first published in the UK. Prize: 10,000 pounds. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Cha International Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry. Each poem must be a translation (loosely defined) of a text (loosely defined) from/about Hong Kong or China, written originally in English or Chinese, into a poem that is about contemporary Hong Kong. Prize: First Prize US$1501; Second Prize US$800; Third Prize US$400 and five Commended Prizes, each US$100. DeadlineNovember 30, 2017.

Betty Trask PrizeRestrictions: Author must be a Commonwealth citizen. Genre: First novels, published or unpublished, written by authors under the age of 35 in a "traditional or romantic, but not experimental, style." Prize: Awards totaling 20,000 pounds. Top prize 10,000 pounds. The prize money must be used for foreign travel. Deadline: November 30, 2017. 

Somerset Maugham AwardsRestrictions: Open to writers under the age of 35. Genre: Published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Prize: 2,500 pounds apiece to four winners. Prize money must be used for travel. Deadline: November 30, 2017. 

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young WritersRestrictions: Open to writers aged 16-18. Genre: Poem (1). Prize: Full scholarship to The Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop, an intensive two-week summer seminar for writers aged 16-18. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

UNT Rilke PrizeRestrictions: US citizens or residents. Open to authors with at least two prior published books of poetry. Genre: Book of poetry published between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. Prize: $10,000.00. Deadline: November 30, 2017. 

Backbone Press: Shared Dreams Chapbook ContestRestrictions: All entries must be from authors who are first-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States. Genre: Poetry chapbook. They are seeking work that underscores the immigrant experience. Prize: $250 and publication. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Polar Expressions Publications Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $300, $200, $100. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Sweekstars CompetitionGenre: Poetry and prose. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

AVBOB Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to any citizen of South Africa. Genre: Poetry. Prize: R10,000. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Foreign Voices Poetry CompetitionGenre: poem that deals with the subject of migration. Prize:  £200. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story FellowshipRestrictions: Writers working in English from outside Ireland. Must have at least two full-length works of fiction published of which at least one must be a short story collection. Genre: Short fiction. Fellowship: €2,500, totaling €7,500 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be covered. Writer must reside in Cork for 12 weeks.  Deadline: November 30, 2017.

West Coast Eisteddfod Online Poetry and Short Story CompetitionsGenre: Poetry, short story. (No limericks.) Prize: Poetry: $200 in each language category (Welsh and English). Short Story: $200.00 (one English-language entry) Deadline: November 30, 2017.
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<![CDATA[14 Writing Conferences in November 2017]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:04:28 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/14-writing-conferences-in-november-2017
Attending a conference is one of the best things you can do for your writing career. Conferences offer a unique opportunity to network with other writers, meet agents and pitch your book, and learn how the publishing industry works from editors and professionals in the field.


For a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year see: Writing Conferences. (You will also find links to resources that can help you find conferences in your area on that page.)

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Medical Writing and Communication Conference. Nov 1 - 4, 2017, Orlando FLA. Workshops in medical writing, designing materials for patients, analysis, clinical reports, and more.

The Monterey Writer Retreat in California. November 1 - 5, 2017, Monterey, CA. Three of the best developmental commercial fiction editor-agents in the business--Andrea Hurst, Paula Munier, and Michael Neff --will be available from 9 AM to noon each day of the retreat for one-on-one sessions with writers. Attendance and focus will be up to each individual writer. They will also schedule, as needed, up to two more hours during afternoons for further one-on-one sessions.

Master Class: Understanding “CLOSEThird” Point Of View. November 2 – 5, 2017, Honesdale, PA. From Jane Austen and Mark Twain to Kate Di Camillo and J. K. Rowling, a great variety of authors use “close” or “personal” third to move between a novel’s inner and outer story, achieving a real emotional intimacy through this close-to-the-bone perspective. In this workshop, writers will begin storytelling from a conversational first-person perspective and move to “close” or “personal” third, unlocking the potential of their story through intimate voice and true emotional power. WAITLISTED.

Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference. November 2 – 5, 2017, Sag Harbor, NY. Spark your creativity and take your writing to the next level at the nonfiction writing conference in Sag Harbor – the heart of the east end of Long Island. The only small and focused conference in nonfiction in the country. Faculty: Donna Kaz, Roger Rosenblatt, Patricia McCormick, Terri Muuss, Matt Pasca, Judson Merrill, Sandra Yin, Michelle Blankenship, Alex Hess.

Sanibel Island Writers Conference. November 2 - 5, 2017, Sanibel Island, Florida. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as manuscript consultations, readings, panels, concerts, and book signings. Faculty and visiting writers include poets Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, and Keith Kopka; fiction writers Lynne Barrett, Kevin Canty, John Dufresne, Linda Oatman High, Nathan Hill, Michelle Richman, Darin Strauss, Ann Kidd Taylor, and Robert Wilder; creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, M. K. Asante, Sloane Crosley, Beth Ann Fennelly, Joyce Maynard, Susannah Meadows, and Megan Stielstra; agents Lisa Gallagher (DeFiore & Company), Christopher Schelling (Selectric Artists), and Nicole Tourtelot (DeFiore & Company); and editor Alicia Lynn Clancy (St. Martin’s Press). The keynote speaker is fiction writer Alice Hoffman. The cost of the conference is $500 ($400 for BIG ARTS members and $300 for full-time students). For a manuscript consultation or workshop, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose by September 30. The cost of an individual manuscript consultation is $100; the cost of a small-group workshop is $100.

Atlanta Writers Conference. Nov 3 - 4, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.  publishing panels, pitch sessions, manuscript and query letter critiques, and marketing workshops. Participating publishing professionals include Annie Chagnot, Editor, Spiegel & Grau, Penguin Random House; Jennie Conway, Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers; Sylvan Creekmore, Editor, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers; Melissa Danaczko, Literary Agent, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency; Michael Hoogland, Literary Agent, Dystel Goderich & Bourret, LLC; Alyssa Jennette, Literary Agent, Stonesong Literary Agency: Priyanka Krishnan, Editor, William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers a and many more.

North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference. November 3-5, 2017, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent. The faculty includes Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Dan Albergotti, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Michele T. Berger, and many more. The cost of the full conference is $200 or $260 (including meals) for members, and $300 or $375 (including meals) for nonmembers until October 28. Onsite registration is $450 for the full conference, $250 for Sunday-only attendance, and $350 for Saturday-only attendance.

The BookBaby Independent Authors Conference. November 3-5, 2017, Philadelphia, PA. The Independent Authors Conference is the only conference that educates independent authors on how to cultivate a successful career in the self-publishing industry. Over three exciting days in historic Philadelphia, you’ll engage in workshops concentrated on learning and improving the skills you need to succeed, including effective writing techniques and strengthening your book marketing and promotion tactics.

New Worlds, New Voices SFF Workshops. November 8 - 12, 2017, Morro Bay, CA. During the course of the conference, writers will hone and improve their writer voice and style by studying and applying an array of narrative, scene, and structure technique, thus enabling them to begin, enhance, and/or reconstruct their work in more powerful and innovative ways. Writing exercises are derived from analysis of a select group of works by both dramatists and authors.

Writing by Writers Manuscript Boot Camp. November 10 - 13, 2017, Tahoe City, California. Workshops for book-length manuscripts, as well as craft talks, readings, and agent panels, and individual meetings with agents. "The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir, short story or poetry collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response. The long weekend will include an intimate full manuscript workshop, craft talks, readings, an agent panel and individual agent meetings – the perfect pre-publication boot camp for any manuscript."  Classes are limited to 5 participants. The cost of tuition, which includes a manuscript review of up to 300 pages with a faculty member, an individual meeting with an agent, lodging at the Granlibakken Resort, and all meals, is $3,250. Registration deadline September 15.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. November 10 - 13, 2017, Hatfield, MA. Features workshops of book-length poetry manuscripts with poet-editor-educators Joan Houlihan and Martha Rhodes. The cost of the conference is $1,375, which includes tuition, a private room, and meals. Using the online application system, submit three to four poems and a brief bio.

2017 Artists-In-Residency Honoree:Varian Johnson. November 10 – 14, 2017, Honesdale, PA. “Our 2017 Artists-in-Residency include Laurie Halse Anderson, Kathryn Erskine, Denise Fleming, Matt de la Peña and Varian Johnson. Each artist-in-residence will spend five days at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center working on projects for publication. To raise awareness about these artists and their upcoming works, we invite other artists – writers, poets, and illustrators – to join them during their residency. While days will be spent on individual projects, mealtimes will bring all artists together to share farm-fresh food and conversation. After dinner, our artists-in-residence will host informal sharing and feedback sessions for all works-in-progress.”

Learn and Network. November 17 - 18, 2017, Branson, MO. The Ozarks Writers League is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to promoting writing, literacy, photography, and art. Since 1983, OWL has welcomed individuals at all stages of their development.

WriteAngles. November 18, 2017, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Panels and workshops, with two keynoters, a limited number of agent meetings. Continental breakfast, and buffet lunch included. Agents: TBA
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<![CDATA[27 Great Sites for Writers]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:34:17 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/27-great-sites-for-writers
​Jos van RiswickBetween author websites, blogs, publishing sites, news, literary magazines, genre sites, resource databases, and online writing newsletters and magazines, there are hundreds of sites for writers. It would be difficult to list them all.

Here are the sites I frequently visit because they have publishing resources that I use for my own nefarious purposes. (Like getting my work published.) Some of these sites you probably will already know about. Others are hidden gems, providing great resources for aspiring authors, as well as writing tips and insights from industry professionals and authors.

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Agent Query

Agent Query is the first place you should look to find an agent. Their database allows you to search for agents by fiction genre, nonfiction topic, by name or by keyword. In addition to their database of 900 reputable agents, Agent Query has great resources for writers: How to write a query, what to do if an agent offers representation, lists of major and mid-size publishers, small presses (many of which do not require an agent), literary magazines, literary organizations, resources for self-publishing, and a lot more. This is a site aspiring authors can live on.

Book Marketing and Promotion

John Kremer is the book marketing guru.  (I read his books when I was publishing my first book, which was quite a while ago.) In addition to helpful marketing articles, his site has a TON of resources: Lists of hundreds of publishers by genre, best independent book publishers, intellectual property rights attorneys, publicity resources, internet marketing resources, it goes on forever. If you are thinking of self-publishing, you want to go to this site.

Duotrope

Back when Duotrope was free, I spent a lot of time perusing the thousands (no exaggeration) of literary magazines in its database. Duotrope has everything - journals of every genre, response rates and times, payscale, type of publication (print, electronic), frequency of publication, whether they accept reprints, and so on. Now that Duotrope charges, I go to The Grinder for submission information. (But, if I want to check out a journal quickly I type the name of the journal and "Duotrope" into a google search. The basic information comes up.) You can sign up for a one-month free trial if you want to try their site. If you are consistently submitting stories or poems to literary journals, I highly recommend Duotrope.

Erika Dreifus

Erika Dreifus is an author, reviewer, and "resource maven." Every Monday she publishes a fresh batch of no-fee writing contests, competitions, and calls for submissions on her blog, Practicing Writing. Resources on her site include: A list of MFA programs, conferences, where to publish your work, grants and fellowships, awards, jobs for writers, and interviews with published authors. (Dreifus has conduced an impressive number of interviews.)

Free Writing Events

Mica Scotti Kole had a great idea. Why not put all the free writing contests and events on a monthly calendar? Nothing could be more convenient. In addition to her monthly list of contests, Mica has assembled a handy list of more than 80 agents who represent science fiction and fantasy. She also blogs about conferences she has attended, which is very useful if you are planning to attend one.

Grad Student Freelancers

Get Published Weekly Roundup is a weekly blog post (Mondays) by Grad Student Freelancers that features new agents, agents changing agencies, contests, and interviews. I have found their roundup very useful because it contains details not readily available on other sites. For a fee, Grad Student Freelancers will compile a list of agents in your genre. But if you go to Agent Query, you can find agents in your genre for free, and compile your own list. It just takes a little more work.

The Grinder

When Duotrope decided to start charging, up sprang the submission Grinder. Essentially, the Grinder does everything Duotrope does. It tracks submissions to literary markets, and it provides a search engine to find markets by genre, submission type (electronic or postal), word counts, whether the magazine is a paying market or accepts reprints and simultaneous submissions, etc. You can also look up individual journals for information on their average response times, whether they are open, and exactly what they pay. The Grinder also allows you to keep track of your submissions. This is a fabulous resource for short form writers.

Jae Writer

Jae runs one of the best sites on writing I have found. Every aspect of writing is covered, from plot structure to characterization, to pace and point of view. She also talks about the nitty gritty - grammar points, sentence structure, and word choice. Jae delves into the practical considerations as well, hiring an editor, how much you should pay for one, the difference between beta readers and critique partners. All in all, Jae does a great job of explaining the nuts and bolts of writing in clear, concise language.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the Wonder Woman of publishing. When she says she has "probably read, reviewed, or at least seen every single advice book, website, and service for writers," she is not exaggerating. Check out her list of recommended resources - it's like striking gold. You'll find a list of recommended editors, copyediting, self-publishing help, book design, author websites, legal matters, industry news, and there's more. You can get her book, Publishing 101, for free. Her blog is phenomenal.

Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL)

MSWL is a place for agents and editors to post what they wish they had in their inbox. While only agents and editors can post, any writer can view anything posted on the site. (Writers can't submit anything through MSWL, however.) The advantage of MSWL is that writers can see exactly what agents and editors are currently seeking. Sometimes, this information is not up-to-date on their websites, or is too general. You can search for individual agents or editors, or search by genre. Once your search results appear, you can click on whoever interests you and read an in-depth bio, including detailed information on what they are looking for and how to submit.

New Pages

New Pages is jam-packed with resources: Literary magazines, author and writing blogs, writing contests, MFA programs, a guide to bookstores (!), and events. The Calls for Submissions list is organized by date posted, rather than deadlines, which is cumbersome, and there is no way to narrow the parameters of your search to only those which pay. Contests are organized by month. The New Pages blog is one of the better lit blogs out there. You'll find everything from literary magazine news, notable literary journal covers, recent writing prize winners, and all things literary. New Pages even provides reviews of new literary journals.

The Passive Voice

Passive Guy is not your ordinary book blogger. To begin with, he's a lawyer. Prior to opening his latest law practice, his business involved high-stakes intellectual property litigation. He started The Passive Voice as an anonymous blog so his snarky remarks would not show up when opposing counsel performed a Google search. (His snarky remarks showed up anyway.) This blog is not for the faint of heart. But if you want to avoid copyright litigation faintness, click on Agents in the sidebar. This is where agents speak honestly and openly about their business. (After reading their candid comments, you may decide to self-publish.)

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers, Inc. is one of the largest nonprofit literary organizations in the United States. It has served poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers since 1970 and continues to expand its membership. In addition to a print magazine, the Poets & Writers website is one of your best sources for information on conferences, writing contests, literary events, jobs, magazines, review sites, small presses, and myriad other tools for writers. You can even list your upcoming writing event here!

Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl is a group of dedicated authors and publishing professionals who blog about all things reading, writing, and books. Published authors, editors, and literary agents share their thoughts freely on the blog. (Their "insider" perspective is invaluable.) On their Resources page you will find a mountain of links to articles about the craft of writing, as well as publishing resources, tips, submissions, freelancing, and industry articles. Take your time exploring this site. There is a treasure trove of information on it.

Publishers Weekly

PW is the go-to site for industry professionals. This is where you will find the latest publishing news, who has been hired, who has retired, reviews, coverage of book fairs, financial news, bestsellers, resources for marketers, etc., etc., etc. Every week, PW publishes book deals for the week - which books publishers have signed and for how much. Writers hoping to publish should look at this list, because it often shows which agents have represented these books. PW also publishes BookLife, an informative publication for self-publishers.

Query Shark

Literary agent Janet Reid runs Query Shark, a site that really teaches you how to write (or not write) a query letter. The way Query Shark works is that aspiring authors submit their queries to Janet for a critique. If she thinks the query presents some unique query-writing problem, she will dissect it right there on the site, for everyone to see. I can't tell you how instructive it is to read her comments. Seriously, don't send a query letter until you have read at least a few of the queries on this site.

Query Tracker

If you are submitting queries to agents, Query Tracker is a must! After you've made your list of agents to query, come here for details. You can see which genres they represent, the number of rejections they've sent, response times (both positive and negative), and a host of other helpful information. You can also find a list of new agents, as well as recently updated agents on this site.

Savvy Writers

Doris-Maria Heilmann's blog has been running since 2011, and since then has amassed a readership of nearly a million. If you scroll down the list of topics she covers, you'll see why. She includes absolutely everything you would ever want to know about publishing: Contracts, how to get your book into libraries, book distribution, giveaways, book production, book signings, legal matters, designing a cover, ebooks - the list goes on and on. The tips and suggestions on this blog are enormously helpful. Even posts written a few years ago are still relevant. Note: Doris-Maria has a new blog, which you can find here. Personally, I like the old one. But look at both.

Susan Dennard

Author Susan Dennard has a wonderful website, chock full of writing and publishing resources for aspiring authors. You will find dozens of articles here about traditional publishing, how to plan your novel, a step-by-step guide to revisions, how to increase your productivity, story-telling devices, how to write romance, querying, critique groups, genre definitions, even music to write by!

Who Pays Writers

I consult Who Pays Writers when I am tracking down publications that pay for nonfiction. (The Grinder is where I go for fiction and poetry markets.) The nice thing about Who Pays Writers is that payment information is based on what writers actually receive, rather than what the magazines say they pay. (Most markets for journalistic nonfiction don't publish their pay rates.) You can search the site by magazine title or just scroll down their list. Writers also report how long it takes to get paid, which is very useful information.

Women Writers, Women's Books

Women Writers, Women’s Books was launched in 2011 as a platform for contemporary women writers and authors around the world writing in English. Their mission is to encourage and promote the visibility of women writers. They are particularly interested the intersections between genres, nationalities, languages, arts, and cultures. The site contains enlightening Q&As with agents, interviews with women authors, articles about writing, and a library. Women authors can submit articles. Their Facebook page serves as their online community.

The Writer

The Writer is both a print and an online magazine. Their resources are a little sparse (you can find better information about literary agencies on Agent Query and Query Tracker), but the site has a vast number of high-quality articles on fiction writing, poetry, getting published, freelancing, writing for children, writing screenplays and drama, and more.

Writing Career

If you are looking for calls for submissions from journals that actually pay, this is your site! Categories for submissions are: Poetry, Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Nonfiction, Anthologies, and Book Publishers. Writing Career also posts free writing contests for poetry and prose. Their section on agents looking for writers is dated.

Writer's Digest

Before there was the Internet (yes, I was alive then) there was the print version of the Writer's Digest, a publication that writers eagerly thumbed for information on agents, the publishing industry, writing competitions, and everything relevant to writing. There is still a print magazine, but now you can go online and see their new agent alerts, get free writing downloads, and get publishing news. One of their best features is their successful queries column in which agents discuss and analyze successful queries. Before you start querying agents, you should look at these. 

Writing World

ALL the things are on this site: Links to Critique and Discussion groups, Writing Career & Business Tips, Skill-Building, Tips for Writing Fiction, Writing for Genres, Nonfiction Freelancing. There are articles on self-publishing, traditional publishing, promotion, technical writing, screenplay writing, and tips on entering contests.

This site has so many useful articles and links, you may be overwhelmed at first. I suggest you go to the site map, and find the area that interests you most. (The site map categorizes articles, and displays them on a list, which is very convenient.)

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These three new literary agents are seeking clients. New agents are a boon to writers because they are actively building their client lists. Adrienne Rosado of Stonesong is seeking adult and children’s fiction, as well as select non-fiction in the areas of pop-science, business, and the occasional quirky history. Riddhi Parekh of Laura Dail Agency is interested in young adult and middle-grade fiction, picture books, kids non-fiction; open to considering adult commercial fiction. Kimberly Jago of Jago Ciro Entertainment prefers books with strong voices, rich landscapes, and an air of the mysterious and fantastic geared towards young adults.
Important: Always read the agent bio and submission requirements on the agency website before querying. Submission requirements often change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents looking for clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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Adrienne Rosado of Stonesong

Adrienne has spent the entirety of her career on the agency side of publishing and joined Stonesong in September 2017. She has an extensive background in subsidiary rights and takes on projects with an eye for both domestic and international rights. Prior to joining Stonesong, she was the Literary Director for Leibo Management, an LA based production company, and the Director of Subsidiary Rights for Nancy Yost Literary.

What she is seeking: adult and children’s fiction, as well as select non-fiction in the areas of pop-science, business, and the occasional quirky history.

In both adult and children’s fiction, she is looking for contemporary, mystery, historical, thriller, fantasy, and anything with a wickedly dark sense of humor. She’s also been known to have a soft spot for Southern Gothics.

She’s especially drawn to multicultural fiction as well as lgbtq+ works. She is keen to work on projects that focus on marginalized people and people from atypical walks of life. She loves a story that makes her think differently.

How to Submit: Send your query to submissions@stonesong.com. Include the word “query” in the subject line of your email. Also include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your email. Please do not send attachments.


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Kimberly Jago of Jago Ciro Entertainment

Kimberly Jago, owner/partner of Jago Ciro Entertainment, has been a talent manager for more years than she cares to admit. For many of those years, Kimberly served on the Board of Directors of the Talent Managers Association (TMA), and was the first elected East Coast based Vice President in the 50+ year history of the TMA. Although no longer with the TMA, Kimberly now shares her experience and perspective as a member Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). Always having been a avid reader, Kimberly was thrilled when approached to represent a UK based published author, and quickly established a literary division with her company.

What she is seeking: Kimberly prefers books with strong voices, rich landscapes, and an air of the mysterious and fantastic geared towards young adults.

How to submit: Email to literary@jagociro.com. Query letter, synopsis and the first 50 pages, all within the body of an email. No attachments will be opened.

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Riddhi Parekh of Laura Dail Literary Agency

Riddhi was formerly a Children's Book Scout with Franklin & Siegal Associates. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Writing for Children) at The New School in 2012, before which she was a journalist with the broadsheet newspaper Daily News & Analysis and Head of Content at the children's magazine Young Adults (YA!) in Mumbai, India.

What she is looking for: Riddhi enjoys universal, coming-of-age stories that tackle issues of identity as well as high-stakes fiction with unexpected twists. She is always on the lookout for a good pun and is particularly drawn to whimsical middle-grade fiction, picture books, and chapter books.

How to submit: Send a concise email query letter to: queries [at] ldlainc [dot] com

Along with your book's title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person's queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT) Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry. After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as they do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it's not required.
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