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Literary agent Laurie McLean, formerly with the Larsen Pomada Agency, has joined with several other agents to form a brand new literary agency called Foreword Literary. This new agency handles a variety of genres including romance, sci fi and fantasy, middle grade and YA fiction, and more. For more details, click here to visit the agency's website. Some of their current clients include romance author Lisa Kessler, thriller writer Ransom Stephens, and YA writer Julie Kagawa.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, new agencies or new agents at more established agencies represent a great opportunity for writers because they are looking for new clients. Laurie McLean made many sales while at her former agency and helped launch Julie Kagaway's career. If you have a completed manuscript in one of the genres Laurie or one of her fellow agents at Foreword handles, consider querying them.


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Today we have as our blog guest mystery and non-fiction writer, Linda Swink, to talk about her book Life on a $5 Bet. To learn more about this talented writer and her work, visit her web site here.

1) What inspired you to write Life on a $5 Bet?
It wasn’t so much an inspiration as it was a desire to tell the story of a remarkable man.

2) What one thing would you like readers to know about you?

Be careful; be very careful around me. What you say and do could one day end up in one of my books. That aside, I hold a degree in journalism and began my writing career as a contributor to military newspapers, and later to consumer and trade magazines. I am passionate about writing and writing daily.

3) What one thing would you like readers to know about Life on a $5 Bet?

Life on a $5 Bet is about Major General Edward Mechenbier who went from being a high-spirited fighter pilot full of hopes and dreams to a prisoner of war, held in the infamous Hanoi Hilton for nearly six years. He lived through hell at the merciless hands of prison guards and tortuous interrogators, but never lost his sense of humor or duty to his country. The story is an inspiration to all.

4) What is the most enjoyable aspect of writing for you?

I enjoy research, but the downside is I sometimes get lost in it. I’m often amazed when I look up to discover hours have passed.

5) What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you?

With so many distractions such as housework, family, and obligations it is sometimes difficult to stay focused. Other than that, I enjoy all aspects of the craft, even the most difficult such as writing a synopsis.

6) Who or what has most influenced you as a writer?

I was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher in college who encouraged me to write.

7) What advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Follow your own voice. Don’t try to write like someone else. Attend writing conferences and workshops. Learn not only how to craft a story but the business of writing. Learn what is happening in the industry, what editors want and don’t want. Call yourself a writer - believe deep down that you are a writer above all else. If you are truly a writer and not just a “wannabe” you will have the passion and drive to write above all else.

8) What upcoming projects are you working on?

I currently have three novels in the works. One, Grave Secrets, a historical mystery, is at the publisher awaiting publication. Another, Deadly Promise, is in the editing stage, and the last, Ribbon Rapist, is being revised. I would like to write another non-fiction book.













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Mystery Author Jim Jackson
Mystery Author Jim Jackson


Today we welcome Jim Jackson as our featured author interview on Wordophilia. His mystery novel Bad Policy will be released by Barking Rain Press on March 5, 2013. This story won the Evan Marshall Fiction Makeover Contest and features protagonist Seamus McCree, a private financial investigator


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The Cindi Myers Market News blog reports that Prime Books is launching a new digital imprint called Masque Books. This imprint launches in July 2013 and will feature Science Fiction and Fantasy and Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance. While books will be published in digital format at first, they may be issued as print books at a later date. Masque pays a small advance against royalties of 50% net for digital editions.

Length: Novellas from 30,000 to 50,000 word and novels of 50,000 to 120,000 words


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Today, we're pleased to have as our blog guest Rose Vanden Eynden, author of Merlyn's Raven, a fantasy romance set in 5th Century Wales. The novel chronicles the love of young Gwendydd for the druid apprentice who becomes the great Merlin of Arthurian legend. If you enjoy Arthurian tales and historical tales, you will enjoy this book about the young Merlin and his relationship with Gwendydd.


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New literary agents and agents who have recently moved from one agency to another offer good opportunities for writers since they tend to be looking for manuscripts. Publisher’s Lunch, which offers both a free version and a more deluxe paid version, is a good source of information about agent and editor movements as well as other industry news. Recent issues of Publisher’s Lunch report that agent John Cusick is moving to the Greenhouse Literary Agency where he will focus on children’s and young adult books. In addition, David Haviland has joined the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency and will be handling fiction.

Publisher’s Lunch also reports that Kate Dresser has been named associate editor at Harlequin's HQN and Luna imprints. Ms. Dresser worked as an assistant editor at the Gallery Publishing Group prior to joining Harlequin. To subscribe to Publisher's Lunch, go here
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Today we're privileged to have as our blog guest crime fiction author, Joe Damato, to talk about his novel Seeds of the Lemon Grove. If you enjoy stories about organized crime, you'll enjoy this story. To learn more about Joe and Sicily, click here to check out his blog.

Joe had a dramatic scene from his book filmed and posted on YouTube. To view this video, click here. To purchase Joe's book click here
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New Fiction Markets for a New Year

December 30th 2012 04:54
Smart writers are always on the lookout for new markets. Old markets can shut down or hire new editors who don’t like your work like your old editor did, and diversification can bring a writer multiple streams of income. Sometimes, though, a writer just needs to stretch his or her creative muscles by trying something new. If you need a new market for your fiction, consider the 3 markets below. Between them, there’s a market for just about every genre.

Ellora’s Cave
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Author Catherine E. McLean
Today we're privileged to have as our guest fantasy author Catherine E. McLean. Her latest novel, Jewels of the Sky, has just been released.


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Online pitch opportunities can help writers gain the attention of an agent or editor just like a face-to-face pitching opportunity at a writer’s conference. Online pitches, though, save the writer the fee of conference registration and conference-related travel and lodging expenses. I’ve posted previously about some online pitching opportunities you can read about here, but recently I found another one, the monthly Agent/Editor Shop at Musetracks.

The Musetracks web site offers an open day of pitching once each month to that month’s guest editor or agent. Upcoming editors and agents include


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