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This is a clever app for creative writing: You don’t get to see what you’ve just written

thenextweb.com – Friday October 30, 2015

There are plenty of minimalist, ‘distraction-free’ writing apps out there, butIlys is by far the most distraction-free I’ve ever seen.

As the annual National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) approaches, you might be looking for a tool to help you build up a longform piece of work. Ilys helps you get on with writing thanks to a simple twist: you don’t get to see what you’ve just written.

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Publishers sell empty calories, but kids want meatier books

thetimesherald.com – Friday October 30, 2015

In 1998, when I first presented the concept for the children’s TV series Blue’s Clues to a roomful of television executives, my proposal was met with nearly complete skepticism. At the time, conventional wisdom held that children were afflicted with “short attention spans,” yet I was proposing a continuous 25-minute narrative, which is more than seven times longer than anyone believed the attention of a preschooler could be held. The only way to get preschoolers to engage with a TV series, the executives insisted, was to give them easily digestible bits of content in a “magazine format,” like most other preschool series.

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Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday October 29, 2015

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was. How she asked questions. How she seemed to want to know. We believe this is one of the most important characteristics an author can have, especially one who is starting out, but it really applies to anyone. We were overjoyed when her first novel came out, and now she has a second. We thought we'd pick her brain about what it's like to go through the process the first time, and then do it all over again.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 29, 2015

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

Publishes manuscripts of poetry, cross-genre work, and fiction (including novels, novellas, long stories, and short story collections). Open to submissions September to December. See website for full submission guidelines.

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Top tips for writing to frighten

theguardian.com – Wednesday October 28, 2015

Want to write a really scary story? Follow these top tips from Matt Ralphs, author of Fire Girl, and learn how to create the killer combination to make your readers shiver with fear

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 28, 2015

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Scripts; 
Areas include: Criticism; Drama; Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Scholarly/literary journal on the linguistics and literature of bilingualism and bilingual education. Publishes scholarly articles, literary criticism, book reviews, and creative literature: poetry, short stories, essays, and short theatre. Accepts material in English or Spanish. No previously published work. US Hispanic themes only. Response time is 2-3 months.

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Classy Classes: ENGLISH 190T.2, ‘Novel Writing Intensive’

stanforddaily.com – Tuesday October 27, 2015

After five weeks of preparatory work, students in ENGLISH 190T.2: “Novel Writing Intensive” are poised to start and finish writing a novel in a single month — a daunting goal that will require students to write around 1,700 words a day.

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Literary agencies host online 'Discovery Day'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday October 27, 2015

Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are to host a Twitter based event dedicated to "de-mystifying" the publishing process for prospective authors, called Discovery Day Online.

Following the literary agencies’ Discovery Days in 2012 and 2013, held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, Discovery Day Online offers writers the opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author.

The event this year will take place on 26th November.

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The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

huffingtonpost.com – Monday October 26, 2015

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?"

She has a point. Six years ago, I hadn't even published one book. It took me a quarter century to land a traditional publishing deal, so nobody could be more surprised--or thrilled--than I am to see my books be born.

These days, I'm often approached by aspiring writers who want to know how I beat the odds. I'm always happy to chat with anyone about writing and publishing, but sometimes I hear writers say things that make me cringe. Here are some of the worst things writers have said to me lately:

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Biography; Historical; Photography; Self-Help; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for "mindful individuals".

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