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Writing Contests Help Writers, Agents, Editors Find One Another
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Writing Contests Help Writers, Agents, Editors Find One Another

by Staff

Writers looking for agents or editors to champion their books, and agents and editors searching for new talent all successfully use writing contests as a key strategy in discoverability. “Discoverability is so tough these days,” says Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier young adult literary agents. Writing contests are a good strategy to gain exposure in a highly competitive space. Here’s why Serendipity Literary Agency’s 8th Annual YA Discovery Contest, as well as other reputable writing competitions, are worth the time and effort. […]

Barbershop Books: Growing Boys Who Read
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Barbershop Books: Growing Boys Who Read

by Terri Barnes

When NYC teacher Alvin Irby saw one of his first grade students wait impatiently for his haircut at the local barbershop, it gave him an idea: Put children’s books in barbershops, specifically those serving black communities. Recipient of the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize, Barbershop Books provides a growing number of barbershops across the United States a selection of children’s books aimed especially at boys ages four to eight, leveraging the power of male influences to help young boys become readers. […]

Reading to Reduce Stress
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Reading to Reduce Stress

by Alexander Pavlicin

Stress: A feeling everyone feels at one point or another when a problem arises and finding a solution is difficult. Stress is a largely natural response to challenges, but managing stress poorly can lead to more problems down the road, such as a decline in physical and mental health. One way to manage stress is by reading books. Studies have shown that more than half the time, the act of reading reduces stress faster and more completely than other relaxation methods. In this month’s Readers Write, we asked, “How do books help you de-stress, and what books do you choose to read when you start to feel the pressure?”
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