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Top tips for writing to frighten

theguardian.com – Wednesday October 28, 2015

Want to write a really scary story? Follow these top tips from Matt Ralphs, author of Fire Girl, and learn how to create the killer combination to make your readers shiver with fear

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2015

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Scripts; 
Areas include: Criticism; Drama; Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Scholarly/literary journal on the linguistics and literature of bilingualism and bilingual education. Publishes scholarly articles, literary criticism, book reviews, and creative literature: poetry, short stories, essays, and short theatre. Accepts material in English or Spanish. No previously published work. US Hispanic themes only. Response time is 2-3 months.

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Classy Classes: ENGLISH 190T.2, ‘Novel Writing Intensive’

stanforddaily.com – Tuesday October 27, 2015

After five weeks of preparatory work, students in ENGLISH 190T.2: “Novel Writing Intensive” are poised to start and finish writing a novel in a single month — a daunting goal that will require students to write around 1,700 words a day.

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Literary agencies host online 'Discovery Day'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday October 27, 2015

Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are to host a Twitter based event dedicated to "de-mystifying" the publishing process for prospective authors, called Discovery Day Online.

Following the literary agencies’ Discovery Days in 2012 and 2013, held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, Discovery Day Online offers writers the opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author.

The event this year will take place on 26th November.

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The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

huffingtonpost.com – Monday October 26, 2015

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?"

She has a point. Six years ago, I hadn't even published one book. It took me a quarter century to land a traditional publishing deal, so nobody could be more surprised--or thrilled--than I am to see my books be born.

These days, I'm often approached by aspiring writers who want to know how I beat the odds. I'm always happy to chat with anyone about writing and publishing, but sometimes I hear writers say things that make me cringe. Here are some of the worst things writers have said to me lately:

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Biography; Historical; Photography; Self-Help; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for "mindful individuals".

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Writers' News widget for websites launched

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015

firstwriter.com has just released a new widget for website owners, which allows them to display the latest headlines related to writing and publishing for free on their websites.

firstwriter.com gathers together stories from all over the internet, including renowned sources like The Washington PostThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, the BBC, and many more, and then allows website owners to redistribute this content in a variety of flexible formats.

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Award-Winning Novelist Cecilia Galante Shares The Realities Of Writing As A Profession

forbes.com – Saturday October 24, 2015

As a writer of non-fiction and an experienced blogger, I see myself as someone with a strong grasp of ideas and of the written word. But when it comes to writing an enthralling novel that impacts our understanding of ourselves and our lives, now that’s a completely different animal.

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My Writing Education: A Time Line

newyorker.com – Friday October 23, 2015

February 1986

Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding Back in the World in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and list all the things that have been holding me back artistic-development-wise and possibly (God! Yikes!) ask if he ever listens to music while he writes. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t make me feel like an idiot. I do that myself, once I hang up.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 23, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes novels and picture books for children. Send query by email with full text (for picture books) or first chapters (novels) pasted into the body of the email. Accepts multiple submissions, but no more than one project per month from the same author.

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