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50 Writing Tips From My 15 Years As An Author

forbes.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

One of the questions I’m asked on a daily basis is some form of, “I want to become an author. Can you help?” There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years—both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and fiction, both epic failures and national bestsellers—I do have some thoughts on the matter.

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Short story contest – deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

The deadline for firstwriter.com's Twelfth International Short Story Contest has been delayed by one month to May 1, 2016, to allow for last minute entries. 

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Why Fiction Authors Benefit from Indie Publishing

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Independent publishing has changed the way authors look at the industry, with many questioning whether it’s worthwhile to play the waiting game and pray for the payoff from a traditional publisher, or instead take their fate into their own hands. There are clearly benefits and pitfalls to either choice. What authors need to seriously consider when they make this decision, though, is whether or not they are willing to put in the time and effort to make it work.

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Writing Should Be Fun

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Yes, writing should be fun, and for most writers - even those writers who complain about writer’s block, and who claim they like having written more than writing, and who say writing is like sitting at a desk until blood comes out of your forehead - writing is fun. They just don’t recognize the fun when it’s happening. That’s because writers are overwhelmingly adults, and fun is what adults get to have when they’re done doing their important adult work.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Humour; Literature; Nature; Translations; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, and novels in verse / flash. Only accepting queries for chapbook-length manuscripts as at March 2016. Check website for current status. Send query by post only, with cover letter, three sample pages, and SASE (writers outside the US may omit the stamp). See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday March 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Annual literary journal, open to all forms, subjects, schools, and styles, Send 3-5 poems, or short fiction up to 10,000 words, by post.

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Writing a book together was spa and away our best idea

dailyrecord.co.uk – Sunday March 20, 2016

SARAH McMartin and Leigh Ronald like to joke that they formed a book club with a difference.

Instead of getting together each week to read the latest best-sellers, they got together to write one.

The two friends turned their backs on three publishing deals to print their own book are getting rave reviews for their debut novel, Jackman’s Jewels. It has received high praise from everyone from OK! magazine to Judy Murray.

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What's on the 'manuscript wishlist' of literary agents?

startribune.com – Sunday March 20, 2016

The other day, a friend sent me a link to something called "manuscript wishlist" — a Twitter thread (#MSWL) from literary agents who are looking for that next bestselling blockbuster manuscript by an unknown writer. (Also online at http://mswishlist.com)

It's fascinating to troll the posts and see what they're hoping to find. (And poets, I'm sorry, but you can all stop reading right now. They're not looking for poetry.)

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10 Struggles All Creative Writing Majors Understand

bustle.com – Sunday March 20, 2016

I have a degree in creative writing. And I'm pretty sure they won't refund me if I try to return it. So I have chosen to be proud of my degree. When I tell people that I majored in creative writing, though, I usually get a response that ranges from sympathy to out and out horror. People want to know why my parents allowed me, their only child, to throw away my future on a creative writing degree (but my parents are both professional actors, so they actually think of writing as a very solid and employable career path).

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Finally Finish Your Novel With These 10 Writing Apps for iOS

pastemagazine.com – Friday March 18, 2016

The App Store is teeming with great apps for helping you keep short notes on your iPhone or iPad, but it’s not just there for reminding you to pick up milk or to email someone. There are plenty of apps that allow you to write much longer pieces in a convenient format – whether it’s an essay or the start of the next Oscar winning blockbuster. Here are 10 great apps for writing long form pieces on the move.

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