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How Eleanor Oliphant changed a writer's life, and set the publishing world ablaze: an interview with Gail Honeyman

heraldscotland.com – Saturday May 27, 2017

GAIL Honeyman shakes her head, as if to shrug off the shades of a dazzling but unbelievable dream.

We are meeting in a cafe bar in the west end of Glasgow, where her debut novel, the source of that sense of slight but delighted bewilderment, is also largely set. Her book is entitled Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It is a moving, funny, and by the end, devastating novel, and also a rare thing: a debut novel from Scotland which pitched the literary world into a kind of delirium. Ms Honeyman, 45, wrote the novel while she worked at Glasgow University - she created it, as many aspiring writers do, in snatched parcels of precious time - in the morning, in the evening, on holiday. But when it was complete, and in the hands of her agent, it ignited the publishing world. "It was a massive shock," she says.

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5 ways publishers can (and should) influence the rise of AI

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 24, 2017

The book industry has a key role to play in the development of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is about to eat the world, decimate all our jobs, hack our brains and eradicate the human race... according to many commentators. Fortunately we have time to avert this potential technical apocalypse, and book publishers and authors are in a good position to step up and play an important role.

Here are the top five areas where publishers can take a part in this key moment of technological and human evolution.

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How to Use Satire in Writing

thelondoneconomic.com – Wednesday May 17, 2017

Satirical writing probably seems like a very challenging thing to attempt, especially if you are an inexperienced writer. But, you can use satire in writing once you learn how. Of course, understanding that satire is comedic criticism will more than likely help you in the process?

You will see satirical writing aimed at current news and other broad topics that most people are well-aware of them. It means that before you can start writing whole satire pieces, you will have to ensure that you are up to date on the headlines. Imagine that you will be attempting to write for Saturday Night Live (SNL) as they regularly poke fun at the day’s top stories.

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10 Things I Learned From Writing My First Novel By L F Robertson

femalefirst.co.uk – Tuesday May 16, 2017

Writing Two Lost Boys, my first novel, was a long process, and it taught me a lot, not only about how to write, but about why I wanted to and what I hoped to say through my book. The list that follows tends toward the practical, the things I learned about the craft.

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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

theguardian.com – Saturday May 13, 2017

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann

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Can a course teach you how to write a bestseller?

inews.co.uk – Thursday May 11, 2017

Two industry players are offering novel-writing courses. They don’t guarantee you’ll get published, but they can teach would-be authors a lot. Sophie Morris reports.

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Literary agents aren't dead: Shark Tank for books

chicagonow.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017

The publishing landscape is rapidly changing. In the past, any aspiring author needed a publisher and landing a publisher almost always required a literary agent. This has changed with the rise of self-publishing, BUT it's important to keep things in perspective. I'm writing this series (part one here) to give ideas to writers (including myself) on how to navigate the new terrain while also doing somewhat of a myth buster on the notion that literary agents are now somehow extinct.

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7 Things I've Learned About Writing From My Work As An Editor And An Author

bustle.com – Wednesday May 3, 2017

For many years, I worked as both an author and an editor, which always felt a bit like being a double agent. I’d spend the days considering other people’s manuscripts and the nights working on my own, which was something of a balancing act. But I always felt really lucky to have the perspective that comes with being on both sides of the desk. I mean, how many people find one job they love, much less two?

A couple years ago, around the time I started working on my new book, Windfall, I left my job as an editor to write full-time. But if there were unlimited hours in a day, I probably would’ve continued to do both forever. Being an editor absolutely made me a better writer, and being a writer undoubtedly made me a better editor, and I’m still so grateful for all that I learned along the way. So I thought it might be helpful if I shared of few of those lessons with you....

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Literary agents aren't dead (part 1)

chicagonow.com – Wednesday May 3, 2017

There is a current trend, specifically on LinkedIn, to pronounce certain careers dead. It's getting to the point where no line of work seems safe anymore. The LinkedIn morticians have declared an end to everything from working a traditional sales jobs to being a lawyer.

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The 9 Emotional Stages Of Reading Your Childhood Writing

bustle.com – Saturday April 29, 2017

Have you ever stumbled upon an forgotten journal or notebook and read through your old stuff? If so, than you know the many emotional stages you go through when you read your childhood writing. It's a roller coaster ride, to say the least.

From the poetry of my childhood to the Harry Potter-inspired stories of my adolescence to the emotionally-charged journals of my teen years, I have been writing one thing or another for as long as I can remember. If I wasn't up late at night reading with a flashlight under my covers, I was jotting down all of my thoughts, feelings, and ideas, convinced each one was as brilliant as those of the professional writers I looked up to. Whenever I wrote, whatever I wrote, I was always so sure that anytime I put my pen to paper, I was recording a *very important* story that was pure gold. Now that I have a solid decade, not to mention a writing degree and years of experience as a professional, between the writing of my youth and now, I can see clearly now what I couldn't then: I was no Sylvia Plath.

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