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Dragons’ Den aims to give writers a leg up

portsmouth.co.uk – Wednesday November 8, 2017

A DRAGONS’ DEN-style writer event is being held in Portsmouth this month.

Literary agents and editors are coming to the city to sign up writers to their agencies.

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Trick Yourself Into Writing Well by Telling Yourself to Write Badly

lifehacker.com – Sunday November 5, 2017

One of the best things about NaNoWriMo, or any terrifying deadline, is that it forces you to write quickly. (Hello, procrastinators.) If you’re writing quickly—if writing quickly is your stated goal—then you don’t have time to do the number one thing that interrupt your writing flow: think about whether what you’re writing is good.

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The secret of how to write a bestseller

independent.co.uk – Saturday November 4, 2017

The one thing that stops people being good writers is the myth that there is such a thing as good writing, says Andy Martin. The point of the creative writing course is to get you over the delusion.

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Can Sweek turn free mobile stories into a self-publishing empire?

thebookseller.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Sweek is a global mobile platform for free reading, writing and sharing stories. Readers can like, share, follow and comment on stories, while writers have the opportunity to build a fanbase from scratch.

As well as mobile publishing, Sweek offers writers free services to self-publish their work - as a printed book and/or an e-book - and then sell it directly via social media, their own websites and relevant sales channels.

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Veteran Lit Agent David Boxerbaum Joins Verve Talent and Literary Agency

variety.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Lit agent David Boxerbaum has joined Verve Talent and Literary Agency as a partner.

Boxerbaum comes to Verve from Paradigm where he served as one of the agency’s top lit agents. It’s unknown what clients will be joining Boxerbaum at Verve, but his long list includes a strong group of respected directors, screenwriters, and producers.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 3, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Annual literary journal publishing poetry and fiction. No specific limit for fiction, but most of the stories accepted are under 25 double-spaced pages. For poetry, submit up to five poems. Reading period runs from September to March (see website for specific dates for this year). Accepts submissions by post with SASE, but prefers submissions through online submission system ($3 fee).

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Why I Dumped My Famous Literary Agent

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday November 2, 2017

Back in the eighties when I had one novel done and had been publishing short stories, I landed Harriet Wasserman, a big-time agent who had previously worked at the prestigious Russell and Volkening agency. Snagging her made me feel I was truly launched as an author. Up to that point, I had only one fiction publication: a short story in Redbook which had won a prize at my MFA program, made me a lot of money at the time, and garnered fan mail. The judge of the contest was Martha Foley who had been editing the yearly anthology Best American Short Stories, and Redbook had an audience of 4.5 million readers. But after that, I hit a wall and couldn’t get anything else published for five years.

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Words You Can Use Instead of "Very" to Punch Up Your Writing

lifehacker.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

Learning how to write is like learning how to play a musical instrument: Once you learn the basic rules—grammar, spelling and punctuation—and are writing technically correct sentences, there’s a still the whole world of syntax, diction, and style to conquer. And this is where writers, like musicians, have opinions: Is it better to write straightforward, no-frills prose, or to weave verbal flights of fancy that illustrate complex, poetic sentiments? Or something in between? For me, diction is a big deal—the writers I admire are precise in their word choice—and I appreciate tidy sentences that get to the point.

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12 successful authors share their novel writing tips for NaNoWriMo

inews.co.uk – Tuesday October 31, 2017

From finding a voice to staying motivated and dealing with writer’s block, writing a first novel can be daunting.

Here, 12 top authors share their tips for budding writers participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November.

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Job opening detail - Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC

publishersmarketplace.com – Tuesday October 31, 2017

Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC is a leading literary agency specializing in children’s book publishing. We represent numerous award-winning, well-established authors and illustrators, as well as new and emerging talent. We actively pursue the sale of subsidiary rights, including the sale of foreign translation, merchandising, and motion picture/television rights.

We are seeking someone to assist in all administrative aspects within our small home-office-based environment. The person needs to have strong verbal and written communication skills, be detail oriented, and be able to multi-task and meet deadlines, with and without supervision. Strong organizational skills, along with a proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat, are essential. Knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.

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