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What you read affects your writing – so choose carefully

news.ufl.edu – Saturday May 7, 2016

Educators have studied the processes of reading and writing, and the development of skills in each area, but never how one influences the other. In a groundbreaking study in the May issue of the International Journal of Business Administration, University of Florida associate professor Yellowlees Douglas and graduate student Samantha Miller discovered strong correlations between the complexity of graduate students’ reading and their writing.

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Assistant Production Editor - Bloomsbury Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 7, 2016

Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an Assistant Production Editor for the adult trade division. This is an entry-level position, ideally suited to someone new to publishing but with a strong interest in managing editorial. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail.

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Writing crime with Donna Leon, Duncan Campbell and Barry Forshaw – books podcast

theguardian.com – Friday May 6, 2016

In this week’s podcast, we investigate the enduring appeal of crime in literature. Duncan Campbell, for decades one of the UK’s most distinguished crime correspondents, looks back through a murky history that began with reports of hangings in the 17th century, assisted in the birth of the novel with Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders and has been conflating fact and fiction ever since. 
He’s joined by Barry Forshaw, a walking encyclopedia of noir, who explains why the British tradition of crime writing walks to a different beat than the rest of the world.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 5, 2016

Publishes: Fiction

Areas include: Romance; Westerns

Markets: Treatments; Contemporary

Publishes heart-warming contemporary romances featuring small town America and cowboys, up to 55,000 words. See website for more details and to submit.

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Guest post by TR Ragan: Writing in different genres

hypable.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

TR Ragan joins us to talk about her experiences in writing across different genres, including both romance and thrillers.

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The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers ... but mostly for you

theguardian.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing industry” in the same sentence. It’s a complicated issue, but trust me, it’s one you need to care about because the threat and danger is appallingly simple: our very culture is at stake.

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How To Write A Novel (And Actually Get It Published)

elleuk.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

Google ‘how to write a novel’ and there are 237 million results to choose from: factual ‘how to’ manuals; rose-tinted listicles from authors who did it; self-styled experts with formulas for writing a bestseller in 100 days... I read them all. But the best advice was five words from Tom Clancy - how do you write a book? 'Just tell the damn story.'

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Describes itself as a journal of the irregular. Send 3-5 short pieces or one longer piece of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, as a Word or PDF attachment by email.

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13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday May 2, 2016

The firstwriter.com Twelfth International Short Story Contest has now closed. The judging process will now begin, and the winners should be announced in the summer.

But don't worry if you missed the deadline – entries are now being accepted for the Thirteenth International Short Story Contest. The competition is open to stories in any genre and on any subject, up to 3,000 words. 

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Author Eric Havens Writing a Horror Novel in Real Time

dreadcentral.com – Saturday April 30, 2016

When it comes to writing a novel, people usually think of an endless process of mapping out ideas, writing, editing, and re-writing before anything even resembling a finished book comes to fruition. Author Eric Havens decided to throw that out the window and is literally writing a horror novel on his website in real time, with no editing or re-writing allowed.

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