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The Impossible Task of Writing Historical Fiction

publishersweekly.com – Friday March 25, 2016

Kelly Kerney's outstanding novel Hard Red Spring spans the entire 20th century in Guatemala's history through four vivid voices. Kerney, who spent a decade writing the book, talks about the difficult task of fictionalizing the past.

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JK Rowling tweets rejection letters from publishers

stv.tv – Friday March 25, 2016

JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received in response to her first post-Harry Potter novel.

Taking to Twitter, the famous author revealed her novel The Cuckoo's Calling was turned down more than once whilst writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday March 24, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Gothic; Horror; Mystery; Short Stories; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Experimental; Mainstream

Publisher based in Oxfordshire. Actively looking for authors of short stories to be included in another compendium. We are also looking for fantasy novels.

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Is the future award-winning novelist a writing robot?

latimes.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

Could a writing robot make novelists obsolete?

It might not happen anytime soon, but then again, it might. In Japan, a short novel co-written by an artificial intelligence program (its co-author is human) made it past the first stage of a literary contest, the Japan News reports.

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50 Writing Tips From My 15 Years As An Author

forbes.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

One of the questions I’m asked on a daily basis is some form of, “I want to become an author. Can you help?” There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years—both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and fiction, both epic failures and national bestsellers—I do have some thoughts on the matter.

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Short story contest – deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

The deadline for firstwriter.com's Twelfth International Short Story Contest has been delayed by one month to May 1, 2016, to allow for last minute entries. 

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Why Fiction Authors Benefit from Indie Publishing

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016

Independent publishing has changed the way authors look at the industry, with many questioning whether it’s worthwhile to play the waiting game and pray for the payoff from a traditional publisher, or instead take their fate into their own hands. There are clearly benefits and pitfalls to either choice. What authors need to seriously consider when they make this decision, though, is whether or not they are willing to put in the time and effort to make it work.

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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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