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First-time author bags $1 million deal to write true story about his adopted dog and its fatal tumour

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday June 1, 2016

A first-time author has landed a $1million (£691,371) book deal for his true story about Lily, an adopted dachshund who died of cancer.

Steven Rowley's book Lily and the Octopus was written in just one hundred days, and it was acquired by Simon and Schuster after 48 hours of negotiation.

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Top writing tips

theguardian.com – Wednesday June 1, 2016

From that killer first line to dealing with writer’s block, author Chris D’Lacey shares his top writing tips.

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Book industry unites against Productivity Commission changes to copyright rules

smh.com.au – Wednesday June 1, 2016

The peak bodies representing book publishers, authors, printers, literary agents, children's book writers and booksellers have come together for the first time to oppose calls to scrap certain copyright protections.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 31, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction

Areas include: Cookery; Culture; Erotic; Health; How-to; Humour; Lifestyle; Medicine; Mystery; Self-Help; Short Stories; Travel

Markets: Adult; Youth

Digital-first publisher. Particularly keen on work that lends itself to media enhancements such as illustrations, videos, music, sound effects, animations, hyperlinks, etc. Send query by email with synopsis and author bio. See website for full guidelines.

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Six Things All Self-Publishers Should Know

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday May 29, 2016

Last year I self-published my first real book - by this I mean a book that I physically launched and is in bookshops and everything. A book I have promoted and sunk time and money into; a book that I’ll be spending the next 18 months focusing on continuing to push out into the world.

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Carol Shields posthumous Master Class in writing

thestar.com – Sunday May 29, 2016

Carol Shields, author of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning Stone Diaries, left a big hole to fill in CanLit when she died in 2003.

Now, we are able to read and hear some new thoughts from Shields in Startle and Illuminate, an eloquent collection of essays, speeches and letters penned by the Chicago-born Shields throughout her career. This refined collection of Shields’ creative musings is the passion project of her daughter, novelist Anne Giardini, and Shields’ grandson, Nicholas Giardini.

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How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday May 28, 2016

When it comes to the discipline of writing, there’s a lot of talk about showing up. Butt in chair. Schedule the time. Keep your dates with yourself. All of this is good advice, and the most successful and prolific authors have the disposition or the drive or the self-governance required to stay the course on the long and arduous journey of writing a book, or multiple books.

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Tom Hiddleston hits right note at 500 Words creative writing final

dailymail.co.uk – Friday May 27, 2016

Tom Hiddleston performed a song from his first acting role as Toad Of Toad Hall as he was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall to honour winners of a children's creative writing competition.

He treated the finalists of Radio 2's 500 Words short story competition to a brief rendition of "Beep beep crackle bang" on stage at Shakespeare's Globe after telling host Chris Evans that Wind In The Willows was the first school play he was in.

After Evans asked for a performance, the star of The Night Manager said: "I walked right into that one" before launching into: "Crackle bang, crackle bang, like a a vintage car, hey!"

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday May 27, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online journal publishing short fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and excerpts from novels. Reads submissions from March 1-August 31 and from October 1-January 31. Poetry and nonfiction submissions closed until summer 2016.

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The secrets behind the practice of good writing: Respect the tools of your trade

joannerichards.bookslive.co.za – Thursday May 26, 2016

Imagine you were an artist. Would you sketch the broad outline, and then step back and expect someone else to execute the shading? Probably not.

The same is true of writing.  While the big idea is really, really important – the execution is critical.

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