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How to Start a Blog: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

onblastblog.com – Thursday June 2, 2016

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

Everyone wants to feel and achieve success and happiness in their lives.

You’re here because you’re considering starting a blog.

Forget what you’ve heard about making a blog. Creating your own is very simple and rather quick when you know what you’re doing.

This step-by-step guide below will show you EXACTLY how to get started, so that you can have your blog up and running within minutes.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 2, 2016

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Online literary magazine. Publishes anything from poetry to artwork, flash fiction to graphic story, life writing to photography, plus reviews and articles. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines, and for current issue theme.

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Why Do Magazines and Book Publishers Rip Off Ideas? (Because They Can.)

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday June 1, 2016

There’s nothing new under the sun. This old saw is one of the first things you learn on the job if you’re a writer, artist, or other drudge who tries to earn a living making things up.

I can still remember my astonishment when, a few years after my first book for kids was published by Henry Holt in 1994, an almost ridiculously similar children’s title (though in pop-up form) came out from Little Simon.

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First-time author bags $1 million deal to write true story about his adopted dog and its fatal tumour

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday June 1, 2016

A first-time author has landed a $1million (£691,371) book deal for his true story about Lily, an adopted dachshund who died of cancer.

Steven Rowley's book Lily and the Octopus was written in just one hundred days, and it was acquired by Simon and Schuster after 48 hours of negotiation.

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Top writing tips

theguardian.com – Wednesday June 1, 2016

From that killer first line to dealing with writer’s block, author Chris D’Lacey shares his top writing tips.

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Book industry unites against Productivity Commission changes to copyright rules

smh.com.au – Wednesday June 1, 2016

The peak bodies representing book publishers, authors, printers, literary agents, children's book writers and booksellers have come together for the first time to oppose calls to scrap certain copyright protections.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 31, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction

Areas include: Cookery; Culture; Erotic; Health; How-to; Humour; Lifestyle; Medicine; Mystery; Self-Help; Short Stories; Travel

Markets: Adult; Youth

Digital-first publisher. Particularly keen on work that lends itself to media enhancements such as illustrations, videos, music, sound effects, animations, hyperlinks, etc. Send query by email with synopsis and author bio. See website for full guidelines.

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Six Things All Self-Publishers Should Know

huffingtonpost.com – Sunday May 29, 2016

Last year I self-published my first real book - by this I mean a book that I physically launched and is in bookshops and everything. A book I have promoted and sunk time and money into; a book that I’ll be spending the next 18 months focusing on continuing to push out into the world.

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Carol Shields posthumous Master Class in writing

thestar.com – Sunday May 29, 2016

Carol Shields, author of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning Stone Diaries, left a big hole to fill in CanLit when she died in 2003.

Now, we are able to read and hear some new thoughts from Shields in Startle and Illuminate, an eloquent collection of essays, speeches and letters penned by the Chicago-born Shields throughout her career. This refined collection of Shields’ creative musings is the passion project of her daughter, novelist Anne Giardini, and Shields’ grandson, Nicholas Giardini.

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How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday May 28, 2016

When it comes to the discipline of writing, there’s a lot of talk about showing up. Butt in chair. Schedule the time. Keep your dates with yourself. All of this is good advice, and the most successful and prolific authors have the disposition or the drive or the self-governance required to stay the course on the long and arduous journey of writing a book, or multiple books.

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