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Writing Should Be Fun

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Yes, writing should be fun, and for most writers - even those writers who complain about writer’s block, and who claim they like having written more than writing, and who say writing is like sitting at a desk until blood comes out of your forehead - writing is fun. They just don’t recognize the fun when it’s happening. That’s because writers are overwhelmingly adults, and fun is what adults get to have when they’re done doing their important adult work.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Humour; Literature; Nature; Translations; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, and novels in verse / flash. Only accepting queries for chapbook-length manuscripts as at March 2016. Check website for current status. Send query by post only, with cover letter, three sample pages, and SASE (writers outside the US may omit the stamp). See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday March 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Annual literary journal, open to all forms, subjects, schools, and styles, Send 3-5 poems, or short fiction up to 10,000 words, by post.

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Writing a book together was spa and away our best idea

dailyrecord.co.uk – Sunday March 20, 2016

SARAH McMartin and Leigh Ronald like to joke that they formed a book club with a difference.

Instead of getting together each week to read the latest best-sellers, they got together to write one.

The two friends turned their backs on three publishing deals to print their own book are getting rave reviews for their debut novel, Jackman’s Jewels. It has received high praise from everyone from OK! magazine to Judy Murray.

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What's on the 'manuscript wishlist' of literary agents?

startribune.com – Sunday March 20, 2016

The other day, a friend sent me a link to something called "manuscript wishlist" — a Twitter thread (#MSWL) from literary agents who are looking for that next bestselling blockbuster manuscript by an unknown writer. (Also online at http://mswishlist.com)

It's fascinating to troll the posts and see what they're hoping to find. (And poets, I'm sorry, but you can all stop reading right now. They're not looking for poetry.)

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10 Struggles All Creative Writing Majors Understand

bustle.com – Sunday March 20, 2016

I have a degree in creative writing. And I'm pretty sure they won't refund me if I try to return it. So I have chosen to be proud of my degree. When I tell people that I majored in creative writing, though, I usually get a response that ranges from sympathy to out and out horror. People want to know why my parents allowed me, their only child, to throw away my future on a creative writing degree (but my parents are both professional actors, so they actually think of writing as a very solid and employable career path).

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Finally Finish Your Novel With These 10 Writing Apps for iOS

pastemagazine.com – Friday March 18, 2016

The App Store is teeming with great apps for helping you keep short notes on your iPhone or iPad, but it’s not just there for reminding you to pick up milk or to email someone. There are plenty of apps that allow you to write much longer pieces in a convenient format – whether it’s an essay or the start of the next Oscar winning blockbuster. Here are 10 great apps for writing long form pieces on the move.

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Selling Your Writing To Boating Magazines

cruisingworld.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

In kindergarten I was tasked with making a shoebox diorama that showed me engaged in my future vocation. The little cardboard me I cut out wasn't playing a professional sport or fighting a fire or walking on the Moon. Instead, Mini Me sat solo in the empty Vans shoebox, in a tiny cardboard chair, behind a tiny cardboard table, in front of a tiny cardboard typewriter. It wasn't a dream I chased very far. At some point growing up I was dissuaded by pragmatism. Having learned that I stood the same chances of becoming a successful writer as my kindergarten classmates did becoming a professional baseball player, I steered clear of ever being caught playing the dreamer.

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4 Actionable Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

entrepreneur.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

Have you ever sat down to write and then . . . just sat there, not getting anything down? Whether you are trying to write a book, blog post or something entirely different, writer’s block is a real thing that will not only bring your progress to a grinding halt but will piss you off in the process.

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3 Ways to Price Your Work for Your Freelance Writing Business

entrepreneur.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

In Moonlighting on the Internet, internet entrepreneur Shelby Larson presents the most reliable and proven ways you can create an extra paycheck for the short term and establish a continual revenue stream for the long term with your own website. In this edited excerpt, Larson offers tips on how to price your freelance writing projects.  

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