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Agent Jonathan Clowes dies

thebookseller.com – Tuesday November 29, 2016

Doris Lessing’s literary agent Jonathan Clowes has died aged 86.

He died at his home in France this morning (Friday 18th November).

His agency, Jonathan Clowes Limited, issued a statement saying: “It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Jonathan Clowes. Jonathan was a unique man who led a varied life - first as conscientious objector, then active communist and thereafter as a trailblazing and extraordinarily successful agent to writers such as Len Deighton and Doris Lessing. We will continue to embrace his renegade, and quietly commanding, spirit in all we do.”

He leaves a widow Ann Evans, director of the agency, who he had been married to since 1981.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 29, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Crime; Erotic; Fantasy; Horror; Humour; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Literary

Send query by email with author bio and three sample chapters. No children's picture books, graphic novels, short stories, stand-alone novellas, or religious-based titles.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 28, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary; Popular; Traditional

Monthly poetry publication online, with separate pages of free verse, haiku and related forms, formal and rhyming poetry, poetry translations, short fiction, an interview with a personage in the world of poetry, and art.

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Author launches writing competition in conjunction with National Express

wiltshiretimes.co.uk – Saturday November 26, 2016

A CHILDREN’S author is calling on budding young authors in Wiltshire to get their literary careers off the ground and express themselves in a new national writing competition.

Writer Huw Powell has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Express Yourself’ short story competition, launched in conjunction with the coach company’s new on-board entertainment system which launches next week (November 28).

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How To Find A Writing Group, Because Every Aspiring Author Needs A Support Group

bustle.com – Saturday November 26, 2016

When you're a writer, work can feel lonely, even secluded sometimes, because most of what you do is alone at your desk — but it doesn't have to be that way. Whether you're an aspiring author, an experienced writer, or a participant in this year's National Novel Writing Month, there are plenty of different ways to find a writing group that can help you create your very best work.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 23, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Finance; Historical; Military; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishers of high quality, prize-winning fiction and nonfiction across a range of categories, including autobiography, business, cookery, economics, history and more.

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Want to Succeed at Self-Publishing? Don’t Be Discouraged: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday November 22, 2016

Indie author Ben Batchelder – who describes writing as his fourth (and final) career – says that he didn’t write his second book. Rather, To Belém & Back “first wrote me.”

His self-published tale of traveling the backroads of Brazil with his black lab, Atlas, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, with our reviewer describing the book as “insightful and poignant” and praising Batchedler for “seamlessly combin[ing] the personal, the political, and the cultural.”

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National Novel Writing Month: Writing 50,000 words with 10 other writers -- in a castle

edition.cnn.com – Monday November 21, 2016

A picturesque castle in southwest France is the setting. The mission: To write 50,000 words in November.

The challenge is part of National Novel Writing Month, known online as Nanowrimo, which this year had social media buzzing because 10 participants brought their novels to life at the imposing Château de Cadrès.

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How to Write and Publish a Novel: 5 Crossroads You’ll Face

geek.com – Sunday November 20, 2016

Guest writer A.M. Justice brings us her top tips in becoming a successfulpublisher author like her. Her recent work A Wizard’s Forge has been getting fantastic reviews. Here’s what the sci-fi/fantasy maven has to share with us on getting your writing out into the world.

It’s 2 am. You’ve just wrapped up an RPG session, and you think, “that campaign would make an epic novel!” You invested hours into developing your characters’ backstory, quirks, and flaws. Their goals are clear and so are their obstacles, and lots of antagonists lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce. This is going to be a killer story.

Swigging your favorite late-night beverage, you flip open the laptop and stare at a white screen and a blinking cursor. Now, what?

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Writing for Money: Tips for Planning Your Next Article Pitch

sitepoint.com – Saturday November 19, 2016

If you have expertise with web technologies, there’s good money to be made writing for online publications like SitePoint.

Don’t worry if you feel you’re not a great writer. The most important thing is your knowledge and enthusiasm for your subject.

As an editor for SitePoint, I’ve compiled a list of the most important things to consider when planning and pitching your article idea.

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