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Granite Noir: Stellar line-up in store as Aberdeen’s crime writing festival goes online

pressandjournal.co.uk – Saturday January 30, 2021

Granite Noir has unveiled a glittering line-up of world-class crime writers – including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Jo Nesbo and David Baldacci – when it returns next month.

While Aberdeen’s award-winning crime writing festival is moving online due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers say its mix of live streaming and pre-recorded messages offers the best of Granite Noir and hope it can reach an even wider audience when it runs from February 19 to February 21.

Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, which produces the event, said: “Obviously this year is a bit different, being online, but we are still bringing the best of Granite Noir, the essence of Granite Noir.

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Have a story to tell? Enter the Telegraph's Teen Writing Competition

telegraph.co.uk – Saturday January 30, 2021

Have you always wanted to pen a short story or write about an experience you have had? 

The Telegraph is launching a writing competition inviting its younger readers – aged 13-18 – to submit a 500-word piece of fiction or non-fiction, a short story, or poem. The theme of the competition is Lockdown. Please feel free to interpret that theme as creatively as you like. 

Whether you're only starting your writing journey, or you've already honed and established your skills, this competition is open to young writers of all abilities. 

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New Magazine Listing: The Racket

firstwriter.com – Friday January 29, 2021

Considers submissions that contain work(s) of poetry and/or prose with a total combined word count of 2,000 words or fewer. See website for full guidelines.

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New Literary Agency Listing: Cull & Co. Ltd

firstwriter.com – Friday January 29, 2021

Handles full-length fiction and nonfiction for adults only. No children’s picture books, poetry, plays or musical theatre. Primarily looking for authors from the UK and Ireland writing in English. Occasionally considers international writers but you must make it clear when submitting why you are looking for a literary agent in the UK.

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4 Ways to Always Have Fresh Writing Ideas

forge.medium.com – Thursday January 28, 2021

Often, when people say, “I don’t know what to write,” they really mean one of two things: They haven’t spent enough time formulating their ideas, or they’re trying to write something they don’t really believe in.

Many years ago, I started writing fiction — or rather, I tried to start writing fiction. My attempts never amounted to anything, and for years, I didn’t understand why. It wasn’t until I read an essay on writing by Arthur Schopenhauer, the German pessimist, that it finally clicked. “There are above all two kinds of writers,” he wrote: “those who write for the sake of what they have to say and those who write for the sake of writing. The former have had ideas or experiences which seem to them worth communicating; the latter need money and that is why they write — for money.” (I think “money” can be substituted with “any external rewards” here.)

You know writing from that second category when you see it — whether it’s a news feature, a personal essay, or a blog post. It’s the kind that seems pointless, devoid of energy or care, as if the writer was not considering at all what the reader might want or need to get out of it. When I read this kind of writing I think, Why write this at all?

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Agent Fired from Literary Agency for Using Parler and Gab

newsweek.com – Wednesday January 27, 2021

The president of a literary agency based in New York City said Monday on Twitter that one of the agency's employees was terminated after her use of conservative social media sites Parler and Gab was discovered.

Colleen Oefelein, who identified herself on Twitter as an associate literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, appeared to confirm her termination in a tweet on Monday morning.

"Well thanks Twitter and @JDLitAgency," Oefelein wrote. "I just got fired because I'm a Christian and a conservative."

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New Literary Agent Listing: Imogen Morrell

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 26, 2021

Looking for immersive, brilliantly plotted upmarket and literary fiction with a twist. In nonfiction, she’s looking for proposals that find unexpected ways to talk about interesting things (architecture, food, nature, politics, history, identity) from academics, critics and journalists who are writing their specialist subject for trade publication. She also accepts submissions for narrative nonfiction, essay writing and food writing.

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New Agent Listing: Faith O'Grady

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 20, 2021

If sending fiction, please limit your submission to the first three or four chapters, and include a covering letter and an SAE if required. If sending non-fiction, please send a detailed proposal about your book, a sample chapter and a cover letter. Every effort will be made to respond to submissions within 3 months of receipt.

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New Agent Listing: Paige Terlip

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 19, 2021

Represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also actively building her list of illustrators and is especially looking for author-illustrators and graphic novel illustrators.

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Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

wired.com – Monday January 18, 2021

2020 WAS NOT the year I wrote my first book—but it was the year I started thinking about it. And in typical freelance writer fashion, I decided to take advantage of my position and get some advice on how to go about it from people much more accomplished than me under the guise of researching this article. Here’s what I managed to learn.

A Way to Take Notes

Apparently books don’t spring fully formed from the ether. You kind of have to work on them, brainstorming different ideas, doing research, and taking notes before you can really get started. News to me, but oh well.

Chris Bailey, author of The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus, and all-around productivity guru, is obsessive about taking notes for his books. He has legal pads stashed around his home, carries a small notepad when he walks around town, and even has a waterproof notepad in his shower. If he can’t commit his thoughts to paper, he uses Simplenote.

Epic fantasy writer Brian McClellan, author of The Powder Mage series, is a little less over-the-top about note-taking, but he also prefers the paper approach and carries a notepad with him—or at least tries to. Whenever he leaves it in his car, he “whips out” his smartphone and uses whatever notes app came preinstalled.

Both writers stressed that what tool you use for taking notes doesn’t matter as much as the act of doing it. Notes can be anything from a cool word or an idea for a magic system to transcribed conversations or annotated historical documents. But, whatever form they take, they’re likely to be the base of your book.

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