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Chicago authors share their No. 1 tip to writing a novel

chicagotribune.com – Friday November 6, 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month, a campaign that challenges would-be authors to write at least 50,000 words by Nov. 30. With that in mind, we asked local authors to share their No. 1 tip on writing a novel.

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Publishers open submissions for Author Day

thebookseller.com – Friday November 6, 2015

Publishers Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins, and the literary agency Peters, Fraser & Dunlop will provide authors with face-to-face advice and feedback as part of The Bookseller’s inaugural Author Day, taking place at 30 Euston Square on 30th November.

The three companies will run an open-submissions as part of the event. Authors will also be invited to submit unpublished manuscripts to editors and agents and spend 10 minutes each discussing the manuscript or publishing process.

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Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award

theguardian.com – Thursday November 5, 2015

How do you get started on a writing career? As the Sunday Times / PFD Young writer of the year award returns, we ask past winners including Sarah Waters, Ross Raisin and Helen Simpson for their top tips for young authors

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Middlebrow? What's so shameful about writing a book and hoping it sells?

theguardian.com – Thursday November 5, 2015

Reading the recent Sydney Review of Books essay, Could Not Put It Down, it’s difficult to work out who its author, Beth Driscoll, intended to insult the most: readers for liking middlebrow books, writers for having the temerity to write them, or publishers for bowing to the demons of commerce by printing them.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 4, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Military; Mystery; Romance; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Youth

Send submissions by email with brief bio, writing background and publishing history, social networks used, decsription of your book, and the first four chapters as a Microsoft Word attachment.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 3, 2015

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

Publishes, poetry, short stories, novel excerpts (if self-contained), personal essays, and memoir excerpts (if self-contained). Send up to six poems maximum at a time. Reading period runs from November 1 to April 15. Will consider long works, but query before submitting prose over 8,000 words or poems over 10 pages. No unsolicited books reviews or criticism. Prefers to receive submissions through online submission system.

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Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King

theguardian.com – Saturday October 31, 2015

The novelist James Smythe, who has been analysing the work of Stephen King for the Guardian since 2012, on the lessons he has drawn from the master of horror fiction

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Lit Agent Mike Esola Exits WME

deadline.com – Saturday October 31, 2015

Longtime WME lit agent Mike Esola has left the agency. Word is that Esola and the agency came to a parting of the ways over a number of issues, including wanting to become a partner right away. 

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Mitch Hoffman to Join Aaron Priest Agency

publishersweekly.com – Friday October 30, 2015

Mitch Hoffman, current v-p and executive editor at Grand Central Publishing, is joining the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency as a senior agent. He will start his new position on November 30.

Hoffman has edited and published over 200 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His list of authors has included Jeff Abbott, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Jeffery Deaver, Raymond Khoury, Brad Meltzer, Tom Rob Smith and Don Winslow.

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Turns Out Writing Gay Romance Is More Complicated Than Just Plagiarizing Straight Romances

jezebel.com – Friday October 30, 2015

Stephenie Meyer recently demonstrated that taking one of your old novels and “rewriting” it as a gender-bent retelling can be a lucrative way to appeal to one’s fans. But what if the story that you’re writing up isn’t yours to begin with? A romance novelist specializing in gay fiction has just been uncovered as a plagiarist due to her interesting practice of taking others’ work, switching the gender of one main character and calling it her own. Her response? She “made a mistake.”

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