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10-minute play festival

etcmemphistheater.com – Monday May 16, 2016

Emerald Theatre Company in Memphis is proud to announce it's first annual 10-minute play festival. The theme is "Out of the Closet" Deadline June 30th.

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Publishers Database upgraded

firstwriter.com – Sunday May 15, 2016

Following last month's upgrade of the Magazines Database, firstwriter.com's Publishers Database has now also been upgraded.

The new-look Publishers Database features the same enhancements to the search, navigation, and listings as was introduced for the Magazines Database, making finding the right publisher for your work easier than ever.

For full details of all the new features, see the news item on the launch of the Magazines Database at https://www.firstwriter.com/news/?New-Magazines-Database-launched&GUID=584

To try out the new database yourself (anyone can try it out – you don't need to be a subscriber), go to https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers

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Publishers Say E-Book Sales Fell in the U.K. Last Year

fortune.com – Saturday May 14, 2016

The U.K. Publishers Association has released its latest annual sales figures, recording the first fall in e-book sales (at least, those from traditional publishers) in the seven years they’ve been tracked.

E-book sales fell 1.6% from £563 million ($811 million) in 2014 to £554m in 2015. Over the same period, physical sales rose 0.4% from £2,748 million to £2,760 million—the first rise in physical sales in four years.

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The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Thursday May 12, 2016

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around 80,000 - 100,000 words), there's the enormity of having to create an entire world, peopled by characters that have come straight out of your imagination. Most difficult of all, you have to keep that world spinning; keep it interesting, keep the twists and turns coming, right up to the very end.

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The 15 Stages of Sitting Down to Write

bustle.com – Wednesday May 11, 2016

We all know that the life of a professional writer is exciting, glamorous, and filled with unqualified success. The only downside to a career in writing is the actual writing. Writing, as most people already know, is impossible. If you've ever tried to write something, be it a novel or a term paper, you're probably well acquainted with the struggle of actually sitting down to write.

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Know a budding writer? Roddy Doyle has ten tips to get them writing

irishtimes.com – Wednesday May 11, 2016

It’s there in front of you - the blank space with the  blinking cursor or the empty page in a notebook.  Your fingers grasp the pencil or the pen;  your hands hover  over the keyboard. There’s so much to say but  how to start and, once started,  how to keep going?   That’s the challenge. You and only you can do it, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here's Roddy Doyle with some tips.

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Five famous novels turned down by publishers

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday May 11, 2016

Stephen King received so many rejection letters for Carrie that he kept them all on a spike in his bedroom. When it was finally published in 1974 it was a runaway success, and the paperback sold more than a million copies in its first year.

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How To Write A Book When You Have A Full-Time Job

elitedaily.com – Tuesday May 10, 2016

It took me five minutes to write this sentence.

Five minutes of staring into space until the idea of writing an opening line about how long it took me to think of an opening line popped into my head.

In the grand scheme of things, five minutes isn’t all that long. But for a writer, five minutes for nine words can add up.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 10, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and flash fiction. Submit up to five poems or up to five pieces of flash fiction by post or via online submission system. Online submissions require payment of a $3 fee.

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Mark Billingham: why research comes last, and other crime-writing tricks

irishtimes.com – Monday May 9, 2016

Research can get you into trouble. It’s important, of course, but there are pitfalls. An obvious one – especially when writing dark crime novels – is that you can occasionally find yourself dealing with someone who doesn’t see the world in quite the way you do and certainly shouldn’t be left alone with sharp objects. Once, after posting on a forensic anthropology website for information on the speed at which a body might decompose under a particular set of circumstances, I received the following email.

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