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Revealed: Why the Dragon Tattoo girl is really a man (...and why Stieg Larsson wrote off Inspector Morse)

dailymail.co.uk – Sunday August 23, 2015

The heroine should act like a man while the hero should be a ‘bimbo' – and neither should ever behave like Inspector Morse.

These are the bizarre rules of crime writing, according to the stunningly successful author of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

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ePublish and Be Damned!

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday August 22, 2015

There's an old cliché in the ink stained trade from which I hail, "Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."

But in 2004, when I was young, dumb and full of cum, I paid no heed to caution or wisdom. I had a daredevil idea, for a non-fiction book about jails in the USA, and submitted the proposal to several literary agencies based out of London.

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Markets: Send out your writing!

mmegi.bw – Friday August 21, 2015

Are you looking for a place to send that short story you just finished? Do you need an agent to submit your work in UK or USA? Do you have an idea for a perfect children's book?

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Making a living from writing, writing from making a living

theguardian.com – Thursday August 20, 2015

For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid.

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Authonomy writing community closed by HarperCollins

theguardian.com – Thursday August 20, 2015

Authors are mourning the closure of Authonomy, the online community for would-be writers set up by HarperCollins seven years ago as a way to source new talent.

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Reply to a bad review

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 20, 2015

In the years that we've been publishing our Writers' Handbook and other titles we've been pleased to get a lot of good reviews: previous editions score averages of four stars on Amazon, and an amazing 70% of reviewers for our 2015 edition gave it the maximum score: five out of five. Customers have called it "excellent", a "wonderful book" and "a must have for writers" – but, inevitably, amongst the generally positive reviews there are also the occasional negative ones. This is only to be expected, of course – you can't please all of the people all of the time – but it can be frustrating when the criticism comes not from a fault with the book, but a customer's misunderstanding of the intent. This isn't the customer's fault, of course – it identifies that, in that instance, we've failed to adequately communicate the reasons for the choices that have been made.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 19, 2015

Accepts submissions by email. See website for specific agent interests and email addresses.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 19, 2015

Submit up to three poems; one piece of fiction up to 2,500 words; up to two pieces of flash fiction up to 500 words each; or one personal essay up to 1,000 words, by email.

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Science Reveals the Advantage Writers Have Over the Rest of Us

mic.com – Tuesday August 18, 2015

Science has good news for people who write: The consequences of putting pen to paper go beyond hand cramps and furrowed eyebrows.

Study after study has linked the act of writing to myriad mental and physical health benefits, including elevated mood and emotional well-being, decreased stress, an improved ability to deal with trauma and even physical healing.

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50 Shades of self-publishers: Fame and fortune through publishing yourself online

express.co.uk – Sunday August 16, 2015

Once dismissed as vanity books, the success of EL James has paved the way for a new generation of novelists who have found fame and fortune after publishing themselves online.

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