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Susan Hill: ‘Can I be a serious writer, keeping such casual hours?’

theguardian.com – Saturday February 25, 2017

The past is another country. I wrote things differently there. First it was the school day: O-levels, A-levels. I was always writing. Some paint, some play an instrument, some swim fast, some run. I wrote: poems, plays, stories – anything, so long as it was words on paper. During O-levels I started a novel, because I asked advice from the writer Pamela Hansford Johnson, who told me I should.

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Writing Issues: Advice I Give: Patrick O’Neil

huffingtonpost.com – Friday February 24, 2017

Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, Salon, The Nervous BreakdownAfter Party Magazine, and Razorcake. O’Neil is a contributing editor for Sensitive Skin Magazine, a Pushcart nominee, a two time nominee for Best Of The Net, and a PEN Center USA Professional and former Mentor. In today’s “Writing Issues,” I asked him what advice he would give aspiring authors.

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Poetry, love and psychosis: can writing help us come to terms with mental illness?

theguardian.com – Thursday February 23, 2017

Paula Keogh never intended to write about her relationship with Michael Dransfield, one of the most prominent – and colourful – poets in Australian literature.

“I was actually doing a PhD on Michael’s poetry,” she tells Guardian Australia. “And my supervisor discovered that Michael and I had known each other and been very close, and she said, ‘Hang on, I don’t know whether you’re writing the right thesis here, maybe you should write a memoir!’”

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday February 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes books that are entertaining, meaningful and sensitive to the needs of all children. Welcomes submissions for picture books and longer works, both fiction and nonfiction. See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 22, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Criticism; Short Stories; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Academic; Adult

Feminist journal publishing research and criticism, creative writing, art, essays, and other forms of writing and visual expression. See website for submission guidelines and specific submission email addresses.

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Furniss Lawton Literary Division Assistant

jobs.thebookseller.com – Tuesday February 21, 2017

Role: To work within Furniss Lawton, the literary division of the James Grant Group. The role will be to assist and support the literary agents in the six-person Furniss Lawton team, with a particular focus on working with Rowan Lawton and Eugenie Furniss in the effective running of Furniss Lawton.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about publishing and the media to learn more about the industry and the skills necessary in managing authors and talent clients.

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Transparency, targeting, Twitter: what it means to be a literary agent now

thebookseller.com – Monday February 20, 2017

When I first worked in agenting, all submissions from authors were sent in hard copy: towering piles of envelopes containing the first 50 pages with SAEs enclosed for rejection slips. Indeed, many agents still submitted to publishers that way, biking the printed copy round to their offices and waiting for the offer to come in. In those days the book fairs really were where you could get your hands on a hot book – literally – coming to the agent’s table to physically read a proposal before putting an offer in.

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Sydney book club finish writing second novel together titled The Shifting Light

dailytelegraph.com.au – Saturday February 18, 2017

MORE than six years ago, the members of a Sydney book club came up with the idea of writing a book together to fund a trip to Russia.

The women, who called themselves the Book Sluts because they would read anything, were in the Blue Mountains on a weekend away drinking vodka and discussing Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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Publishers hire ‘sensitivity readers’ to screen manuscripts for offensive content

washingtontimes.com – Saturday February 18, 2017

Authors and publishers are increasingly hiring “sensitivity readers” to screen books for culturally offensive material before sending them to market.

A cultural climate that has the publishing industry increasingly under the microscope by fans has created a demand for specialized book scanners. Individuals are paid a small fee, roughly $250 per manuscript, to look for content deemed problematic.

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Staff writer - History Magazines

journalism.co.uk – Friday February 17, 2017

As Staff Writer you'll write accurate, lively and accessible content that is enjoyable to read for the magazine and website. You'll research and learn about new subjects quickly and be able to speak about them in an authoritative tone. You'll conduct interviews with historians, establish good relationships with museums, book publishers and PR contacts to enable you to produce high quality editorial. You'll generate and develop content ideas and angles, as well as develop ideas for design treatments and box outs. You'll assist with the magazine's social media presence and contribute copy, ideas and assistance across all of Future's history coverage.

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