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John Green's Writing Advice Is The One Thing Every Aspiring Novelist Needs To Read Today

bustle.com – Sunday October 15, 2017

Want to finish the novel you've been working on, but keep getting discouraged and dragged down by insecurities about your talent or ideas? John Green's writing advice will help any aspiring novelist get over the hump and finish their manuscript draft. The Turtles All the Way Down author did a Reddit AMA on Thursday, during an eight-hour bus ride to Charlotte, NC, and gave some pretty great advice to struggling writers while answering a question about what he felt was "the most challenging part of writing a book." If you have a draft or manuscript idea you want to develop, you're going to want to pay attention to what John Green has to say.

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Marty Shapiro, Veteran Talent and Literary Agent, Dies at 81

hollywoodreporter.com – Saturday October 14, 2017

Marty Shapiro, a longtime talent and literary agent, died Sept. 25 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., his daughter Susan Moss announced. He was 81.

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5 things you should expect when writing short stories, according to Eden Robinson

cbc.ca – Friday October 13, 2017

Eden Robinson's latest book, Son of a Trickster, is a finalist for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller PrizeSon of a Trickster is a fantastical coming-of-age story about a teenage burnout visited by strange apparitions, and was recently defended by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon on Turtle Island Reads. Her first novel, Monkey Beach, was shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2000.

Robinson is serving as a jury member for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prizealongside Heather O'Neill and Kevin Hardcastle. Together, they will determine the winner, who will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their story published on CBC Books, and have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

For all those already hard at work on a 2018 CBC Short Story Prize submission, Robinson shares five things about expecting the unexpected. 

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 13, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Autobiography; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes a postcard each month featuring one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 150 words, or one poem, up to 10 lines. Publishes four pieces in each online issue. Accepts fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and book reviews year-round. Graphic fiction / nonfiction also welcome, but it must fit on a postcard. Submit via online submission system.

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Late Essays by JM Coetzee review – dos and don’ts of classic novel writing

theguardian.com – Thursday October 12, 2017

A writer of JM Coetzee’s stature needs no preamble, and Late Essays does not offer one, plunging the reader directly into the literary criticism that the novelist has accumulated over the past 11 years. Some are expanded versions of his articles for the New York Review of Books; others are published introductions to works of great literature, from Daniel Defoe’s Roxana to Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Introductions to classic novels comprise an interesting genre of criticism, with its own formal mechanisms. I don’t mean critical pieces prepared by scholars, but “prestige” essays, written by famous writers with a fondness for the book at hand. Yet is there any form of writing more ripe for reinvention? While they are revealing about the culture in general, such introductions rarely tell us anything worthwhile about the text or the acclaimed author’s work. Coetzee’s essays are different; this book emerges as an engaging series of master classes in novel writing, from which we might distil a selection of dos and don’ts.

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Writers step in to defend author accused of plagiarism in New York Times

theguardian.com – Thursday October 12, 2017

More than 70 authors, including Pulitzer prize winners Jennifer Egan and Louise Glück, have come to the defence of the editor and poet Jill Bialosky after she was accused of plagiarism, saying that Bialosky’s “inadvertent repetition of biographical boilerplate was not an egregious theft intentionally performed”.

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Stanton and Pocklington form The North agency

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 11, 2017

Literary agents Mark Stanton and Kevin Pocklington, formerly of Edinburgh-based Jenny Brown Associates (JBA), are starting a new agency based in Newcastle called The North.

They will be joined by literary agent Allan Guthrie and freelance editor Julie Fergusson, while Jenny Brown and Lucy Juckes are to remain at JBA.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 9, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry
Areas include: Arts; Entertainment; Short Stories
Markets: Adult
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary magazine and website that supports artists taking their first steps in the world of publishing. Join online community for free in order to submit work. Selected works from those submitted to the online community will be chosen for print publication and receive payment. Also runs competitions.

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Romance Novels Have A Major Diversity Problem, According To A Study From The Ripped Bodice Bookstore

bustle.com – Saturday October 7, 2017

According to a new study conducted by romance novel bookstore The Ripped Bodice, romance novels have a major diversity problem. Booksellers Leah and Bea Koch examined the catalogs for 20 publishers, and compiled the data in an infographic that alleges that less than 10 percent of the romance novels they published in 2016 were written by authors of color. The study only focused on traditional publishers, and does not include data for self-publishing and other non-traditional publishing methods.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 4, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Beauty and Fashion; Cookery; Crime; Design; Health; Historical; Lifestyle; Mystery; Psychology; Romance; Self-Help; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Popular

Send query by email only, with first chapter (fiction) or first ten pages (nonfiction) in the body of the email. Attachments will not be opened. No queries by phone.

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