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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try A Little Less Sex

By Lisa Kusel I wrote the first draft of “Love Lies Here,” my fourth novel, in a six-week burst of inspiration. My then-agent had just submitted my memoir about my family’s disastrous move to Bali to a slew of publishers and I needed something to distract me from that tortuous “now we wait and see…

The Other Side of the Desk: Literary Agent Michael Mungiello

Most writers don’t have a clear idea of what it’s like to work in publishing. The many professionals who make publishing possible often work very hard, without much credit. Our goal with this article, and all of the articles in this series, is to give writers a more realistic idea of what it is actually…

Black Beacon Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Black Beacon Books is a small press that was established in 2013. It was founded in Australia, but since then has moved to Brittany, France. They publish mysteries, suspense, horror, and post-apocalyptic fiction. They have a Patreon, and regularly publish anthologies. In fact, they have two open calls for anthologies right now which you can…

Naugatuck River Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Naugatuck River Review is a print journal of narrative poetry. They are looking for poems that tell a story: “They can be stories of a moment or an experience, and can be personal, fictional or historical.” The editors like poetry in the tradition of poets like Patricia Smith, Philip Levine, and Alicia Ostriker. Naugatuck River…

So you want to run a Micropress (or just want to know what it’s like?)

By Elizabeth Davis So for whatever reason you have taken leave of common sense and sanity and decided that being an author was not enough. You want to run your own micropress. First, what is a micropress? Well, take a small press and then squish it down, to about two people running a business in…

Opportunities for Historically Underrepresented Authors: February 2024

This list of publishers meet our guiding principles, but are only open to free submissions from historically underrepresented writers or focus on publishing content produced by historically underrepresented writers. Some of these publications are open to a wide range of writers including writers of color, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ writers, and those living with disabilities….

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in February 2024

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre magazines. Not all of them are open through the month. The Paris ReviewThey open for prose submissions on 1st February 2024, and will accept submissions via Submittable until they hit their submission cap (which is early on during their…

The Book Folks: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

This London-based publisher specializes in crime fiction, thrillers and mysteries. They do also publish other genres, but more rarely, including: women’s fiction, literary fiction and romance. Clearly they know the most about publishing and marketing crime fiction, thrillers, and mysteries as that makes up the bulk of their site, and they appear to generally sell…

Sunhouse Literary: Now Seeking Submissions

Sunhouse Literary is a new online journal of poetry and flash prose. Although they accept a wide range of forms and styles, they’re especially interested in publishing experimental writing: “We’re interested in poems and stories that can’t be contained in one shape or narrative or genre. In form that’s been manipulated to house new genres….

Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories

By Simon Kewin For most authors, writing a novel – or many novels – is the ultimate aim of a writing career. It’s fair to say that most people read only novels and it’s certainly true that most publishing houses and agents are interested only in novel manuscripts – although there are exceptions. By and…

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