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Roy Peter Clark needs your help writing a new book

poynter.org – Tuesday January 2, 2018

If you ever write a book and get someone to publish it, you will be looking for blurbs. The best blurb I ever received came from the jocular Dave Barry, who opined:  “Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anyone I know who is not already dead.”

That juicy praise got me thinking about all those writing experts who now happen to be dead, some of them for a long time. The names are countless, from A (Aristotle) to Z (Zinsser).  More than two millennia ago, Aristotle wrote "The Poetics," and in 1976 William Zinsser wrote "On Writing Well," which, over 30 years would sell more than a million copies.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 2, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult

Actively seeking submissions from new and established writers. Very broad tastes and interests in both fiction and nonfiction across genres, subjects and ages, but no poetry, screenplays, or children's books. See website for full submission guidelines and online submission form.

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Why should we subsidise writers who have lost the plot?

theguardian.com – Monday January 1, 2018

Following the announcement from Arts Council England that sales of literary fiction are plummeting, it is suggested that arts subsidies be deployed to help writers survive. I have another idea. They should write better books.

I barely read literary fiction any more. When I do it is almost always American writers: Michael ChabonJonathan FranzenAnne TylerDonna Tartt. Not only are the aforementioned brilliant writers, they are accomplished storytellers. But here, the form of storytelling and literary novel writing has become largely divorced.

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Interesting Video on “The Basics of Writing a Screenplay”

tvovermind.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

This interesting video on the basics of writing a screenplay is something that a lot of aspiring screenwriters should think about watching if they’re serious about getting their story noticed and made into a film by someone that is looking for an engaging story. Having written a few myself, but obviously never having sold one yet, this kind of a lot of review but it’s still something I think that anyone with an interest would be wise to look at. One thing you have to remember about a screenplay however is that it’s not a book. You’re not writing prose, and as a result you don’t need to be that descriptive. Instead of writing to create pages and expanded content you’re writing to create something concrete that can be filmed and idealized by those that read the script.

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PW's Top Publishing News Stories of 2017

publishersweekly.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

A canceled book deal, Amazon buy buttons, and sexual harassment were among the big news stories this past year.

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Bloodhound Books - A Crime Fiction Publisher That’s Killing It

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

Since I launched into the publishing industry in 2007, I have seen it morph from traditional publishers holding the reins to self-published authors trying to make a name for themselves to the newer model of independent (also known as hybrid) publishers finding a balance and niche between it all.

Today, it’s the independent publishers that are making their mark on the industry by offering a safe-haven for authors to see their books published in a professional manner without the worries of landing an agent and a deal with a big publishing house. With the right independent publishing company, marketing, and social media approach, many authors are doing quite well with this route.

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Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

bbc.co.uk – Sunday December 31, 2017

US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 'alphabet mystery' novels, has died aged 77.

Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

"She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve," she said.

Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.

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How to Write a Great Book Fast—From the Author of 47

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday December 31, 2017

Is writing a book one of your goals for the new year? If so, these 10 tips can make the difference between dickering and done.

Now that I’m 47 full-length books down the road (all sold to major publishing houses), plus more than a dozen other compilations, I can attest that these principles work. A couple of my books were written in two days. The longest (95,000 words) took me 28 days to write. Several have been book club selections and won literary awards. Writing fast does NOT mean cutting corners on quality.

Here’s hoping these same tips will be helpful to you as you write your first or next book!

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The Wardrobe Is Looking for Books By Women and Non-binary Writers of All Genres

firstwriter.com – Saturday December 30, 2017

As a part of Sundress Publications’ ongoing commitment to female and non-binary authors, Sundress Publications is accepting submissions for a year-round feature, The Wardrobe.

Sundress reads submissions of full-length books and chapbooks from female and non-binary authors year-round. Each week their rotating curators (including Sundress editors and authors) choose one book to highlight as part of their“Best Dressed” series. These highlights include five selections from each book, which are featured daily on the Sundress blog and shared through their social media sites.

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11 Essential Books On Writing, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

bustle.com – Saturday December 30, 2017

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if every writing book you look at is tailored toward people who want to write books in other genres. Not to worry, wordsmith, I have the No. 1 must-read book for aspiring writers in every genre below, so you can start building a library of writing references that work for you and your craft.

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