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13 Painful Realities of a Writer's Life

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Tuesday February 9, 2016

I don't think this post needs an introduction. People wouldn't read it anyway. They always skip down to the numbers. Don't think I don't know this. If you've read this far, I'm impressed.

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Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world?

bbc.co.uk – Tuesday February 9, 2016

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a humble, self-published e-book, unable to satisfy the tastes of traditional publishers.

Within a few years it had achieved domination on a global scale, spawning a series that has sold more than 125 million copies.

E. L. James's personal story has become a tantalising fantasy for aspiring authors. But one that technology and social media are making increasingly realisable.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 9, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Romance; Sci-Fi; Thrillers; 
Markets: Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes young adult romances between 50,000 and 100,000 words, aimed at ages 16-19. Submit via website using online submission system.

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9 Reasons Joining A Writing Group Is One Of The Best Ways A Writer Can Grow

bustle.com – Monday February 8, 2016

If you are a writer who has never been part of a writer's group, I am here to change that. Seriously. Writing groups are the best things to happen to a writer since the invention of spell check. (I rely heavily on both so I would know.) For those who don't know a lot about it, writing groups are part social gathering, part creative free-for-all, and most importantly the safest place to have your writing be seen. As someone who is terrified of strangers reading my material, being part of a group has helped me learn so much about myself and my style of writing. I have improved tremendously because of it.

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LONE STARS Great “One-Liner” Contributions

firstwriter.com – Sunday February 7, 2016

LONE STARS Magazine has printing space available between the margins of its pages, and is inviting submissions of your most memorable lines from your best works.

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Trying To Find a Literary Agent Is the Worst Thing Ever

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 6, 2016

Anyone who’s ever dated regularly, tried to score against LeBron James, or been a transplanted organ knows what it’s like to face rejection. But no one understands the pain of rejection better than a first-time novelist looking for an agent.

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Craft of Comedy Writing Conference 2016

comedy.co.uk – Saturday February 6, 2016

The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference is to return for a fourth year.

The highly regarded annual event, which takes place in Llandudno (North Wales), has this year been scheduled for the 8th and 9th April 2016.

The conference aims to help emerging writers find and develop their comedy voice through a series of talks, workshops and related events. It is "for anyone who watches comedy on TV or online or listens to radio comedy and thinks 'I could do that'."

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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Professional: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 6, 2016

Jessica Lourey, author of the Murder by Month mysteries, began searching for a new publisher for her novel The Catalain Book of Secrets after she realized her current house, Midnight Ink, doesn’t publish magical realism. Lourey got close to a traditional publishing deal, but ultimately “couldn’t letCatalain wither on the vine.” So she chose to self-publish.

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How do I become ... an ebook writer?

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

After giving up a job commissioning rollercoasters, Tracy Bloom fell in love with novel-writing and now she makes a living from self-published romances.

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What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace 'unprintable' fiction

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

Publisher Anna Gerber isn’t trying to kill off the printed book – she’d just like you to spend a bit more time on your mobile. “We don’t really think the point is to change the way we read,” she says, “but we do like the idea of trying to immerse readers in books on their phones.”

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