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What Even Great Writers Do Badly: How to Up Your Game as an Author

huffingtonpost.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Literary agents often get a reputation for being cruel and heartless. It is true that not a one of us has escaped sending out many, many rejection letters. I am sure that there are a few slightly sadistic agents out there, but for the most part, authors, please know that we take no pleasure in saying no to you and your project!

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Simon and Schuster Launches Muslim Imprint for Children's Books

publishersweekly.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Salaam Reads, the first imprint at a major publisher focused on Muslim characters and stories. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for readers of all ages, including picture books, as well as middle grade and YA titles.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for children and teenagers. Send query by post only with first 50 pages.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday February 25, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Publishes experimental writing and art. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry; reviews up to 600 words; fiction up to 5,000 words; or interviews up to 4,000 words, through online submission system. No submissions by post or email.

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This smart typewriter wants to be your distraction-free writing tool

gadgette.com – Wednesday February 24, 2016

It’s happened to all of us, I’m sure; you sit down to write with the best intentions in the world, you are ready to GO! Right after you check Twitter. Then Instagram. Then that link your friend sent you. And before you know it you’re 12 links deep into Wikipedia reading about the fall of the Babylonian Empire because you always did wonder. It’s one of the pitfalls of using an internet-connected tool for writing. The internet doesn’t care that you have a deadline, and somewhere after the sixth cat compilation you stopped caring too.

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How to Repurpose Your Freelance Writing for Another Publication

blogher.com – Tuesday February 23, 2016

You've written a beautiful piece. You've crafted it perfectly to match the submission guidelines at your favorite publication. You sent it off within the deadline frame. You're feeling good about your chances.

And then you hear nothing. For months. Or you get the dreaded "Thank you for your submission, but we're going in another direction" email.

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'We need small presses': author launches new award to support fiction from small publishers

theguardian.com – Monday February 22, 2016

The award-winning novelist Neil Griffiths is launching a new literary prize celebrating the “small presses producing brilliant and brave literary fiction” in the UK and Ireland – and is preparing to “guilt trip” some of the country’s bestselling writers into supporting it.

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Sylvester Stallone's sneaky good writing advice

chicagonow.com – Monday February 22, 2016

I believe everyone has, at least, one story in their head that is begging to be put down on paper. Could be a novel, screenplay, non-fiction, memoir, a book of poems, doesn’t matter. We tell stories all the time, over dinner, over the phone, a good ol Facebook rant but when it comes time to open up a blank Word document, take a deep breath, something changes. The story ends at Once upon a time... 

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 22, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Humour; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes comics for thinking readers. Previous work has covered autobiographical journalism, surrealism, arts, culture, etc. No mainstream comic genres or material aimed at children. Submit by post only. No response unless interested. See website for full guidelines.

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The Self-Publishers Guide to Marketing Author Blogs

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 20, 2016

It’s great to see authors start blogs to help them build robust author platforms. Authors can write articles, create attractive sites, and post all their book and publicity information in one place. But too often this strategy just doesn’t work, because if you want people to visit your blog, you’re going to have to market your blog.

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