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Ross MacKenzie's whirlwind guide to writing mystery

theguardian.com – Wednesday March 2, 2016

When I first sat down to write The Nowhere Emporium, I didn’t really think of it as a mystery novel at all. It was just a story I knew I really wanted to tell. It began with the vision of an enchanted shop, a shop that moved around, appearing anywhere, at any time. But I didn’t know why this happened. So I wrote the rest of the book to find out. And as the story developed, I slowly realised that I was writing a mystery book.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 2, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Youth

Online magazine publishing fantasy and science fiction of any length. Submit via online submission form.

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Things that nearly put me off writing my first novel

femalefirst.co.uk – Monday February 29, 2016

I don't know what the statistics are but I have a feeling that journalists don't automatically make very good fiction writers. It's a different part of the brain. And it's a different business model. When you're a journalist you write a thousand words or so are about someone, somewhere, something else. Very often, no personal opinion required. After a thousand words or so, you get paid. You park that feature and start on the next one. You also have an editor, mostly at the end of an email, saying (hopefully), 'thanks for that - good job'. And (hopefully) your byline will pop up somewhere. Both these are a journalistic equivalent of hearty pats on the back. Reasons to carry on.

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Samhain Publishing to Shut Down Operations

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 27, 2016

In an email sent to authors Friday, Christina Brashear, publisher of Samhain Publishing, a mostly digital romance publisher, said the publisher will begin to shut down its publishing operations due to a steady decline in e-book sales.

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What Even Great Writers Do Badly: How to Up Your Game as an Author

huffingtonpost.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Literary agents often get a reputation for being cruel and heartless. It is true that not a one of us has escaped sending out many, many rejection letters. I am sure that there are a few slightly sadistic agents out there, but for the most part, authors, please know that we take no pleasure in saying no to you and your project!

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Simon and Schuster Launches Muslim Imprint for Children's Books

publishersweekly.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Salaam Reads, the first imprint at a major publisher focused on Muslim characters and stories. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for readers of all ages, including picture books, as well as middle grade and YA titles.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for children and teenagers. Send query by post only with first 50 pages.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday February 25, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Publishes experimental writing and art. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry; reviews up to 600 words; fiction up to 5,000 words; or interviews up to 4,000 words, through online submission system. No submissions by post or email.

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This smart typewriter wants to be your distraction-free writing tool

gadgette.com – Wednesday February 24, 2016

It’s happened to all of us, I’m sure; you sit down to write with the best intentions in the world, you are ready to GO! Right after you check Twitter. Then Instagram. Then that link your friend sent you. And before you know it you’re 12 links deep into Wikipedia reading about the fall of the Babylonian Empire because you always did wonder. It’s one of the pitfalls of using an internet-connected tool for writing. The internet doesn’t care that you have a deadline, and somewhere after the sixth cat compilation you stopped caring too.

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How to Repurpose Your Freelance Writing for Another Publication

blogher.com – Tuesday February 23, 2016

You've written a beautiful piece. You've crafted it perfectly to match the submission guidelines at your favorite publication. You sent it off within the deadline frame. You're feeling good about your chances.

And then you hear nothing. For months. Or you get the dreaded "Thank you for your submission, but we're going in another direction" email.

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