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This cool new Web site called Filed By looks like a MySpace-like site where writers can access a template page and create a writer profile.
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MYSPACE FOR WRITERS?

This cool new Web site called Filed By looks like a MySpace-like site where writers can access a template page and create a writer profile.
My opinion: MySpace itself sucks, I think, but it is a great site for bands, because it has a media player on it, and allows you to upload video and content and songs and pics easily. If this site can do for writers what MySpace does for bands, then this may be very cool.

NEW AGENCY: FINCHLEY ROAD LITERARY

According to Publishers Lunch, "Rebecca Gradinger has left Janklow & Nesbit Associates and launched Finchley Road Literary, a boutique agency specializing in literary fiction, up-market commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, humor and pop culture."
There is no web site for FRL yet, but a discussion has already popped up over at Absolute Write.

CARNICELLI LITERARY CLOSES

Carnicelli Literary Management is no more as Matthew Carnecelli has closed the agency to join Trident Media Group. Which leads me to:

JENNY BENT LEAVES TRIDENT TO START OWN AGENCY

Matthew joins; and Jenny leaves to start the Bent Agency. Jenny was interviewed on the GLA blog last summer. Although she may have switched agencies, her advice and thoughts in the interview are still helpful if you're thinking of querying her. She handles a variety of nonfiction, and some fiction (literary, women's).

XAVIER WINS; AWESOMENESS PROVEN TO WHOLE WORLD

My alma mater Xavier won their first game of the tournament.

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