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New writing award announced to honour Sir Terence Rattigan

whatsonstage.com – Monday January 4, 2016

The Terence Rattigan Society have announced a new writing award with monetary prizes and a professional production of the winning play on offer.

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Why Do We Fixate on Writer's Block?

huffingtonpost.com – Monday January 4, 2016

"Writer's Block is bunk."

That's not exactly what prize-winning author Loren D. Estleman said a few years ago at a Michigan writer's conference, but it's close. And he'd already published over 60 books (which he wrote on a typewriter!).

The problem with even using the term, he said, is that it's a supremely unhelpful way of saying something very basic and ordinary in the life of a writer: you're stuck.

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Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books

expertclick.com – Friday January 1, 2016

Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books.  Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books. 

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Ed Victor – an honoured literary agent

theguardian.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

The veteran literary agent Ed Victor has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list.

With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.

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Why using exciting words can make you a worse writer

chicagotribune.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

 "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

— Ernest Hemingway

Leilen Shelton, a middle school teacher in Costa Mesa, Calif., might translate that famous dictum from the famously plain-writing Hemingway this way: "All you have to do is write one illuminating, ineluctably verifiable sentence. Author the most perspicacious sentence that you comprehend."

Shelton wrote "Banish Boring Words," a crusade against milquetoast words like "good," "bad," "fun" and "said." Some of her disciples also eschew "go," "run," "happy," "walk" and "see."

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What the tools of the trade tell us: Emma Barnes

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 30, 2015

I founded a little publisher that I still run, called Snowbooks, in March 2003. And in about April 2003 I realised that there weren’t any decent or affordable tools to run my company properly. So I spent the last decade and a bit learning to write code so I could create my own. Over that time we’ve all witnessed other amazing software come to market. Cloud-based apps and web services help us to do everything nowadays, from ordering the weekly shop to developing complex character arcs.

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Print survives as a new literature is born

theguardian.com – Sunday December 27, 2015

This Christmas, in a tradition almost as hallowed as carol singing and turkey dinners, more than half of all the titles sold annually in the UK will have been traded in the frantic bazaar that dominates autumn business. This festive bonanza remains one of the few landmarks in an environment that, roughly since the millennium, has been rocked by a succession of seismic aftershocks, apparently threatening the very existence of Grub Street.

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Physical Book Sales On The Rise, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think

inquisitr.com – Saturday December 26, 2015

Book sales for physical books are certainly on the rise, according to recent numbers reported by Mic.

Referencing Nielsen BookScan data, writer Jon Levine notes that physical paper books are enjoying a bit of a renaissance with 571 million sold in 2015, up from 559 million in 2014 and 501 million in 2013.

This data flies in the face of what some were predicting from the indie author community, who believed that print books were on their way to becoming a niche market.

Naturally, those in the traditional publishing camp are touting their “I told you so’s,” but that may be a bit premature if you dig deeper into the report.

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The Book Is Risen! Publishers Say Physical Book Sales Are Back on the Rise

mic.com – Saturday December 26, 2015

This Christmas, the best gift to get your loved ones might be a book — an actual one with pages made from dead trees.

Long considered doomed, the physical book has been making a comeback in recent years with sales surging in 2014 and continuing to increase at a more modest pace this year. According to raw data from Nielsen BookScan,Quartz reported, 501 million books were sold in 2013, a number that grew to 559 million for 2014, and 2015 now stands at 571 million.

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Are small independent publishers doing the work for big publishers?

theguardian.com – Tuesday December 22, 2015

Here’s an observation: it sometimes feels as though smaller independents are the research and development departments for the big publishers, where literary fiction is concerned. We find great writers, nurture them, wipe their brows, polish their work and buff it until it shines. Then we send them out, readers love the books and they get shortlisted and win major literary prizes.

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