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firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

October 2016 will mark the first anniversary of Verbolatry newsletter, and to celebrate there will be a contest for humorous essays and cartoons on writing/publishing.

There are cash prizes to be won and publication in the newsletter. In addition to increasing the newsletter's readership, the organisers hope is that this contest will fill a void in the industry and encourage and empower those writers and artists who work in this under-represented genre to continue creating good writing and art.

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ICM Partners Mints Nine Partners: Talent Agency Now Has 47

deadline.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

ICM Partners has promoted nine agents to partner status, eight in Los Angeles and one in New York. The agents in need of new business cards: Jessica Lacy, Head of International and Independent Film; Dennis Ashley and Robert Gibbs, who have co-headed the West Coast urban music division; publishing agent Alexandra Machinist; television literary agents Erik Horine, Dan Norton and Pete Stone; Co-Head of Television Production Sean Freidin; and motion picture literary agent Doug Johnson.

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Writing Secret No. 1 Is Keep Your Day Job

courant.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

Here's everything you wanted to know about writing and publishing but were too afraid to ask: These are the questions that come up at the end after bookstore readings. I thought it made sense to address them all at once.

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Inspiring writing advice from the greatest women authors

telegraph.co.uk – Monday March 28, 2016

Virginia Woolf (centre) died on this day in 1941. The pioneering modernist writer addressed the position of women after the war throughout her fiction, but with her collection of essays, A Room of One's Own, she contributed advice and thinking that still sounds fresh and relevant for women writing today. 

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Call for Submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday March 28, 2016

The Write IdeaA Day in the Life of …(You)” Poem Title Prompt

 

“… Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Morning, Afternoon, and Night.

Two lines for each word above, and a couplet of advice.

Tell us in a sonnet, how you live your life ...”

 

Write a Sonnet, It doesn’t have to rhyme, or not.

Write two lines for each word-time of the prompt.

The last two lines are your words of advice.

Tell us in a Sonnet, 14 lines, how you lead your life.

Entitle the poem “A Day in the Life of …(You)”.

Winners will be published in LONE STARS.

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Writing Sci-Fi? First Understand How Elephants Aren't Dragonflies (Op-Ed)

space.com – Saturday March 26, 2016

Animals come in all different sizes, but the laws of physics mean that you can't just arbitrarily scale up a dragonfly to the size of an elephant and expect the body plan to result in a functioning creature. 

For one thing, mass increases much faster than other qualities like strength or surface area as you scale up a body, and so the legs and wings of an elephant-size dragonfly would have to be proportionately much larger to support the extra weight — and it's doubtful muscle power could be sufficient to propel such a creature into flight.

Moreover, insects are generally small because they rely on diffusion to distribute oxygen to interior cells instead of the active oxygen-pumping systems found in animals like mammals. This imposes an upper limit on just how big an insect can get. It's true that there were gigantic dragonflies — still not the size of elephants, however — during the Carboniferous period (as well as housecat-size cockroaches and other horrors), but the oxygen level in the atmosphere at the time was much higher, and that likely played a role in making such bodies viable.

Let's pause for a moment and give thanks for the fact that we don't have to live in a world of pet-size cockroaches and meter-long scorpions.

All of this presents an analogy for fiction. It's tempting to think of novels (the elephants) as scaled-up short stories, or short stories (the dragonflies) as miniaturized novels. But having written both 100-word drabbles as well as 200,000-word epic fantasies, I can assure you that's not the case.

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The Impossible Task of Writing Historical Fiction

publishersweekly.com – Friday March 25, 2016

Kelly Kerney's outstanding novel Hard Red Spring spans the entire 20th century in Guatemala's history through four vivid voices. Kerney, who spent a decade writing the book, talks about the difficult task of fictionalizing the past.

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JK Rowling tweets rejection letters from publishers

stv.tv – Friday March 25, 2016

JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received in response to her first post-Harry Potter novel.

Taking to Twitter, the famous author revealed her novel The Cuckoo's Calling was turned down more than once whilst writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday March 24, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Gothic; Horror; Mystery; Short Stories; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Experimental; Mainstream

Publisher based in Oxfordshire. Actively looking for authors of short stories to be included in another compendium. We are also looking for fantasy novels.

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Is the future award-winning novelist a writing robot?

latimes.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

Could a writing robot make novelists obsolete?

It might not happen anytime soon, but then again, it might. In Japan, a short novel co-written by an artificial intelligence program (its co-author is human) made it past the first stage of a literary contest, the Japan News reports.

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