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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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What Happens When You Burn Out on Writing?

io9.gizmodo.com – Saturday February 20, 2016

Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning tons of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.

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Novelists, get your pitch on at the International Literature Festival

irishtimes.com – Friday February 19, 2016

Aspiring authors with a book burning a hole in their desk drawer might want to take note of this latest literary event. (This opening sentence is a bit tortured; lose the clichés.)

The International Literature Festival (formerly the Dublin Writers Festival) is hosting a meet-the-agent event, when selected writers will pitch their work to five leading literary agents. (Break this sentence into two. Keep it concise.)

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 19, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Nature; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction, essays, and poetry that examines the relationships between individuals, communities, and the natural world in the American West. Issues are themed: see website for current theme and to submit via online submission system.

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4 Ways Good Editors Improve the Freelance Writing Experience

skyword.com – Thursday February 18, 2016

Hey, you. Yeah, you right there. How many editors do you work with? If you’re freelance writing for a couple of Skyword programs plus creating content for other brands, the answer is probably at least a couple. You don’t have to name names, but you likely enjoy working with some (or even just one) more than others. That’s just human nature.

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Hunger for the new – the engine which powers publishing

thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

If you could time-travel five years back to a typical publishing presentation at a major house, the talk would have been exclusively of brands. ‎What do we seek to publish? Brands. What do we want from agents? Brands. The word delivered with the finality of the Ten Commandments. An unknown author had little chance of competing in that landscape. So went the prevailing theory.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 17, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Philosophy; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Sociology; Sport; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Literary

Publishes general and literary fiction, genre fiction, and nonfiction. Submit via online submission system.

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