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Showcase Your Writing Skills At This Literary Pub

OxfordAmericanThe Oxford American is an original. The mag is dedicated to a variety of writing — essays, memoirs, fiction and narrative non-fiction, all focused on the South. It’s also 100 percent freelance written. A “short” piece for the mag runs around 2,000 words, which is especially refreshing in an era when word count seems to be shrinking at an alarming rate.

Every section of the book is open to pitches. As assistant editor Maxwell George says: “We publish compelling narratives artfully rendered. It’s all at once down-home and cosmopolitan, cheeky and cultured, straightforward and cunning, just like the spirit of the South itself.” As for what kind of writing the editors want:

Because Oxford American favors narrative essay, short fiction and long-form journalism, beautifully written content is held at a premium. A new front-of-the-book section called “Points South,” comprised of short, dispatch-themed pieces, runs around 2,000 words. It’s an entryway for a lot of new voices coming into the mag, George adds. Freelancers may be asked to write pieces on spec, and because the OA has a reputation for harvesting great new talent (and some really good stuff from not-so-new talent, too), there’s a chance another publication will purchase its pieces and reprint them elsewhere.

For editors’ contact info and more, read: How To Pitch: Oxford American.

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Freelance Editor Rates To Guide Your Work

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The Editorial Freelancer Association published an invaluable set of Freelance Editor Rates–great intelligence for editors, writers, and publishers trying to negotiate the rapidly evolving writing market.

Above, we’ve embedded an screenshot from the association’s handy editorial rate chart–what do you think about these figures? Explore our free Freelance Editors Directory if you are looking for support. Here’s more from the Editorial Freelancer Association:

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

GalleyCat’s Freelance Editor Directory

edit304The publishing industry has changed profoundly over the last few years, with many talented editors working on a freelance basis and many independent authors looking for editorial help.

As a service to the writers and editors in the GalleyCat audience, we are building a free, automatically updated directory where editors can post their services and writers can seek freelance editors.

If you are a freelance editor looking for work, follow this link to add yourself to our free directory. If you are a writer looking for an editor, you can view the directory as a webpage or download the directory as a sortable Excel spreadsheet.

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Publishing Moves at Crown, Ten Speed & Atria

A number of publishing job changes were announced this week.

Sarah Cantin moves up to editor at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint. She joined the company in 2009 as an editorial assistant.

Some of the authors she has worked with include Charity ShumwayKarin Tanabe, and Karen Brown.

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Tanya Hall Named CEO at Greenleaf Book Group

A number of publishing job promotions and changes were announced this week.

Greenleaf Book Group founder Clint Greenleaf will step down as CEO and serve as chairman. Tanya Hall, the current COO, has been named his successor.

Two members of the Soho Press editorial team have received promotions. Juliet Grames has been named associate publisher and Mark Doten is now senior editor.

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How To Build a Short Story Anthology

Do you dream of resurrecting your favorite short stories in an anthology?

Today on the Morning Media Menu, author and Publishers Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman explained how she created her new collection, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense.

During the interview, Weinman explained how she assembled the collection from scratch, reviving stories that have been lost for years.

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Elizabeth Keenan Promoted at Plume & Hudson Street Press

Elizabeth Keenan has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Plume and Hudson Street Press.

Keenan has worked on campaigns for the reboot of Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, George Orwell’s 1984, and Sarah Jio’s The Violets of March.

A number of publishers have announced promotions for their staff members this past week.

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Jacob Lewis Named Publishing Director for Crown, Hogarth & Broadway Books

A number of publishing professionals made job moves this week.

Over at the Crown Publishing Group, Jacob Lewis will leave his post as Figment CEO to work as vice president and publishing director for Crown, Hogarth and Broadway Books.

He will report to senior vice president and publisher Molly Stern.

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Phoebe Yeh To Serve as Crown Books for Young Readers Publisher

Phoebe Yeh has been named the new vice president and publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers.

Previously, Yeh spent seventeen years as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She has worked with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean MyersBig Nate series author Lincoln Pierce, and Caldecott Honor-winning husband and wife duo Betsy and Ted Lewin.

A number of other job changes were announced this week…

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Cal Morgan Named Executive Editor at the Harper Division

We’ve had a number of job changes in the publishing world this week.

Cal Morgan will leave his post as publisher at HarperCollins’ It Books imprint to serve as senior vice president and executive editor at the Harper division. Morgan will continue on as editorial director for Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.

Throughout his career, he has worked on projects with several celebrity authors such as Amy PoehlerAlan Cumming, and Tom Piazza.

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