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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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Writers' News widget for websites launched

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015

firstwriter.com has just released a new widget for website owners, which allows them to display the latest headlines related to writing and publishing for free on their websites.

firstwriter.com gathers together stories from all over the internet, including renowned sources like The Washington PostThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, the BBC, and many more, and then allows website owners to redistribute this content in a variety of flexible formats.

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Award-Winning Novelist Cecilia Galante Shares The Realities Of Writing As A Profession

forbes.com – Saturday October 24, 2015

As a writer of non-fiction and an experienced blogger, I see myself as someone with a strong grasp of ideas and of the written word. But when it comes to writing an enthralling novel that impacts our understanding of ourselves and our lives, now that’s a completely different animal.

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My Writing Education: A Time Line

newyorker.com – Friday October 23, 2015

February 1986

Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding Back in the World in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and list all the things that have been holding me back artistic-development-wise and possibly (God! Yikes!) ask if he ever listens to music while he writes. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t make me feel like an idiot. I do that myself, once I hang up.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 23, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes novels and picture books for children. Send query by email with full text (for picture books) or first chapters (novels) pasted into the body of the email. Accepts multiple submissions, but no more than one project per month from the same author.

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Dawn French on writing sex scenes and her new career as a novelist

standard.co.uk – Thursday October 22, 2015

Dawn French says it was difficult to write the sex scenes for her “saucy” new novel — because she struggled to get excruciating language out of her head.

The Vicar Of Dibley star’s comedy romp, According To Yes, is about an English nanny and her adventures in New York. In an interview with the Evening Standard, French said words “like throb, or pant, or pulse kept popping into my mind and you think, ‘Ooh no that’s a bit Barbara Cartland.’ ” 

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Story dust: Lessons learned on feature writing from Lane DeGregory

poynter.org – Thursday October 22, 2015

Not long ago, I heard myself saying something like this at a writing seminar: “It’s not a story yet; it’s just story dust.”

• You are reading an old book, and inside, in a childish handwriting, is the name of the boy who first owned it in 1962, and a phone number.

• A young woman has a tattoo of a Jewish star on her forearm. Under it is her grandmother’s name: Sadie.

• A classified ad reads: “Lost. Class ring. Heartbroken. Reward to finder.”

None of these are stories. But each contains story dust.

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New edition of Budding Bestseller guide launched

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 22, 2015

Infinity Junction has moved, and also introduced the new 2016 edition of its praised Budding Bestseller guide (originally the book Budding Author). To attract people to their new home server and latest website, www.infinityjunction.com, Infinity Junction is offering, for a limited period, free copies in digital form of Budding Bestseller.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 22, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Quarterly magazine of genre fiction and poetry, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery and romance.

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