Friday, May 16, 2014

Tips For Being A Literary Agent In An Era Of Electronic Everything

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Tips For Being A Literary Agent In An Era Of Electronic Everything

Literary Agent
“You need to be confident, very decisive and opinionated, I’m afraid. Authors expect you to have the expertise, experience and instinct to tell them what to do and then they can decide whether they agree with you or not.

World’s Largest Publisher Extends A Helping Hand To Indie Book Stores

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“Independent booksellers are being sent reinforcements in the battle against Amazon with a website that will support the dwindling band of high street traders, backed by the world’s largest publisher.”

In his new collection, The Singing Bowl, poet Malcolm Guite offers this poem inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy: "Through the Gate"

The GateBegin the song exactly where you are

For where you are contains where you have been

And holds the vision of your final sphere

And do not fear the memory of sin;

There is a light that heals, and, where it falls,

Transfigures and redeems the darkest stain

Into translucent colour. Loose the veils

And draw the curtains back, unbar the doors,

Of that dread threshold where your spirit fails,

The hopeless gate that holds in all the fears

That haunt your shadowed city, fling it wide

And open to the light that finds and fares ...

Read the rest on the poet's blog.

"My own poem," Guite says, "is written in the conviction that that there is no depth or recess, no sin or secret, in me or in anyone, beyond the light of Christ, but we have to open the gate and let him come down to our depths, let his Light reveal and name and heal what we have hidden."

Guite has written nine poems inspired from Dante's great work.