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Breaking into writing: a few thoughts

denofgeek.com – Thursday January 28, 2016

Should you write for free? How do you get noticed if you want to write for a magazine or website? A few thoughts right here...

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Flowstate is a writing app that will delete everything if you stop typing

theverge.com – Thursday January 28, 2016

Flowstate is billed as the "most dangerous app." It’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to it. The software is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on mobile. But its key feature is the ability to set timed writing sessions in which any text you’ve put to the page will disappear if you stop writing for more than seven seconds. Yes, really.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 28, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Science; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes picture books that aim to get children excited about science and maths. Publishes mainly fiction with nonfiction facts woven into the story, but will also consider nonfiction stories. Submit by email only. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday January 27, 2016

Yes! Look, you can't call up HarperCollins and say, "Hello! I've written a great book, could I please speak to Mr. Harper or Mr. Collins?" If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher. Your blind query is usually dropped with a plop into the slop of the dreaded and aptly named slush pile, where it is then skimmed over by an eighteen-year-old unpaid intern. The fate of your book, the object of your passion and hard work, is frightfully beyond your control. Luckily, at the best writers conferences and workshops, and even some of the top-drawer bookfairs and festivals, you can personally meet, speak with, and sometimes even pitch to real publishing professionals. We know. We've met amazing writers at all of these places and helped them get book deals.

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Getting Beyond Writer's Block

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday January 26, 2016

Is there a "Right" way to write? In a word, "No."

What works for you does not necessarily work for another. Getting started is generally the first barrier to overcome. Most individuals get stuck and procrastinate when it comes to writing something longer than an e-mail. They don't want to look foolish or write anything that may be sub-par.

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Who dunnit? Top tips for writing detective fiction

theguardian.com – Tuesday January 26, 2016

From red herrings to maguffins to double identities, Knightley and Son author Rohan Gavin shares the secrets of writing great detective stories.

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A lonely story: the perils of writing in solitude

theguardian.com – Monday January 25, 2016

It worked for George Orwell and Henry Thoreau – but for Adrian McKinty, a retreat deep in rural Australia was a very sad tale indeed.

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Could 'method writing' be the future for novelists?

bbc.co.uk – Saturday January 23, 2016

Could writers benefit from the same tactics as method actors, who immerse themselves in extreme surroundings in order to prepare for a role?

Every February, as the Oscars roll around, movie fans revel in stories about actors who have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for parts.

Daniel Day-Lewis learned to track and skin animals and fight with tomahawks for The Last of the Mohicans, while, more recently, Leonardo DiCaprio plunged into an icy river and sank his teeth into a hunk of raw bison while filming the Oscar-nominated film The Revenant.

Actors going to such lengths has become more common in recent years and a cynic might argue it certainly did not harm their film's publicity, but given the apparent success of their technique, could working in a similarly immersive way also benefit novelists?

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What publishers should do

boingboing.net – Saturday January 23, 2016

You can’t work at a book publisher for more than five minutes without someone telling you what publishers should do. You know, “to survive.” “Be relevant.” Something.

Even literary agents, who should know better, will get in on this action. One of the most prominent agents in New York, seated next to me at an event a few years back, took the opportunity to lecture me through the appetizer course on how book publishers should band together and “build their own Amazon” to sell books. Digital disruption = solved.

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Want to improve the quality of your writing? Type slower

sciencealert.com – Friday January 22, 2016

Let's face it, not everybody's equally gifted when it comes to getting their thoughts down on paper (or the digital equivalent). But according to a new study, there's an easy trick anybody can do to improve the quality of their writing: just type more slowly.

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