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Writers in all-night coffeeshop lockin to get creative juices flowing

theargus.co.uk – Monday June 6, 2016

WANNABE writers will shut themselves into one of the city’s most novel creative spaces overnight later this month for a dusk-til-dawn writing event.

The “All Night Write” at 88 London Road - formerly the Emporium - will close its doors at 10pm sealing writers in the coffee-house-cum-theatre and not reopen them until six o’clock the following morning.

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National Poetry Anthology seeks submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday June 6, 2016

The National Poetry Anthology is seeking submissions of poetry from across the UK by June 30, 2016.

Entry is free and over 100 winners will be selected this year. Each will receive a free copy of the book. One overall winner also gets £1,000 and a trophy to keep for life. 

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Could Publishers and Agents Agree on a Flat Royalty Rate?

publishersweekly.com – Saturday June 4, 2016

Since e-books became a crucial source of revenue for publishers six years ago, the royalty rate on the format has been an ongoing bone of contention between authors (and their agents) and publishers. While authors and agents have stood firm on their position that the standard rate of 25% (which refers to the percentage of net profits authors receive on e-books sold) must change, publishers haven’t budged. Could a flat royalty system, in which one rate is used across formats, be a solution? Though some industry members believe a single rate could simplify a complicated royalty structure, agents said the move wouldn’t address the real problem: authors being shortchanged on the profits from their e-books.

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How a High School Student Wrote and Published a Book at Age 16

huffingtonpost.com – Friday June 3, 2016

Deep Patel wrote and published a business book called A Paperboy’s Fable at age 16.

He reached out to me a year ago to provide him with a blurb for his book. After reading this inspirational allegory about achieving success through creativity and hard work, which includes interviews with such luminaries as General David Petreaus and many CEOs and entrepreneurs, I was happy to help out the young author in any way that I could.

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Inpress seeks to reassure poetry publishers on PBS

thebookseller.com – Friday June 3, 2016

Inpress has insisted the services offered by the Poetry Book Society are "very much alive" following the corporate entity's move into liquidation, and that Inpress will be "powering up rather than winding down its activities".

Yesterday (3rd June) PBS announced it had gone into liquidation, and that its book club and the prestigious T S Eliot Prize would be transferred to Inpress and the T S Eliot Foundation respectively.

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Tips to Writing a Book You’ll Love

huffingtonpost.com – Friday June 3, 2016

Part of being an author is having trouble writing. No matter how great the story, even well-polished writers inevitably get stuck, frustrated, or lost somewhere along the way.

Before I started working on Tale of Tala, my most recent novel, set to be released later this year, inspired by a girl who leaves home to join ISIS with her husband, I spent a considerable amount of time researching some techniques to help facilitate my writing process. But many suggestions, such as “remember to live,” seemed a little too vague for practical use.

With every book I write I seem to pick up a few techniques that make everything a little easier the next time around. Below are some of the best practical writing tips I’ve acquired for writers like me who occasionally need a push in the right direction.

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How to Make Money Writing Kindle Erotica

broadly.vice.com – Friday June 3, 2016

From dinosaur love to pregnancy fetishes, self-published erotica authors are basically only limited by their imaginations (and Amazon). But the profession isn't as fun—or lucrative—as many make it out to be.

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Literary Agents Database upgraded

firstwriter.com – Friday June 3, 2016

Following the upgrades to the Magazines Database and Publishers Database in April and May, this month the Literary Agents database has now also been upgraded.

The new-look Literary Agents Database features the same enhancements to the search, navigation, and listings as was introduced for the Magazines and Publishers Databases, making finding the right literary agent for your work easier than ever.

For full details of all the new features, see the news item on the launch of the Magazines Database at https://www.firstwriter.com/news/?New-Magazines-Database-launched&GUID=584

To try out the new database yourself (anyone can try it out – you don't need to be a subscriber), go to https://www.firstwriter.com/Agents/

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If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday June 2, 2016

A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first “met” this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I’ve received many times over, albeit from other writers.

I’ve even sent that same email myself, years before I published my first book.

The letter goes something like this:

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Writing a series? Here’s a series of things to think about

irishtimes.com – Thursday June 2, 2016

The concept of serialised fiction is not a recent one. A significant number of nineteenth-century novelists (Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas among them) were published for the first time in serial form, some even reacting to readers’ responses while they continued to write.

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