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Famous novelist turned down by over 100 publishers dies

usatoday.com – Thursday April 27, 2017

It was a novel that made history after it was turned down by more than 100 publishers. Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” has died. He was 88-years-old. Aaron Dickens reports.

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Giles Foden on the art of writing

irishtimes.com – Thursday April 27, 2017

The foreword to The Ogham Stone, UL’s journal of creative writing, explores what language can do and the craft of its featured writers.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday April 25, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Cookery; Crime; Health; Historical; Lifestyle; Mystery; Psychology; Science; Suspense; Technology; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Agency handling speakers and authors. Will consider all fiction and nonfiction, but particularly interested in General fiction, Mystery/suspense/thriller/crime, Women's fiction, Children's and YA (fiction); and Biography/memoir, Technology, Science, History, Personal development, Health (including popular psychology), Cookery and lifestyle (nonfiction). Send query by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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Accepting imperfections will improve your writing

churchcentral.com – Sunday April 23, 2017

For me to proclaim, “You’re not perfect!” might sound a bit jarring or insulting. But it’s true. And, once you accept that, it will set you free. Free to be a better writer. Not to mention a better spouse, parent, or pastor.  

Why do I say that? I’ve spent more than 40 years as a writer and editor. And I have learned that at the heart of good writing is accepting your imperfections. While good writing is a complex subject that takes a lifetime to even begin to master, there are a few secrets. All are rooted in human fallibility.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday April 21, 2017

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

Submit up to 6 poems, up to two short shorts, one story, or one essay per submission. Accepts submissions online only, between September 1 and May 1. Submission service charges $3 per submission.

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David Mamet to Teach Online Drama Writing Course

variety.com – Thursday April 20, 2017

David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director of such works as “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “American Buffalo,” and “Wag the Dog” will offer his first-ever online writing class through Silicon Valley startup MasterClass.

The class, which will cost $90, will launch later in the spring. In the course, Mamet will teach writing for both the theater and screen, with lessons on how to structure a plot, create compelling characters, write dialogue, and create a compelling scene. Pre-enrollment for Mamet’s class is open now (at this link).

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Need Some Writing Inspiration? 7 Poems To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

bustle.com – Monday April 17, 2017

Often, people look for ways to avoid distractions, especially during important work. And, really, what could be more important than your writing? The process of transforming your wildest ideas, your most daring stories, your most beautiful daydreams — well, that's worthy of all your focused energy and then some. Though most of us know the above, that doesn't make it any easier to combat the kagillion-horned monster known as Writers Block. Fortunately, spending a few short minutes with a good poem can get you back at that keyboard — and more synched in with your writing than ever.

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Writer seeks Kindled spirit: Six novelists reveal how to self-publish successfully

dailymail.co.uk – Sunday April 16, 2017

The dawn of the digital era means that authors can self-publish their books – and make a fortune. Laura Silverman asks six independent novelists to reveal the secrets of clicking with your readership.

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The Devil’s Door: A call for contributions

dark-mountain.net – Thursday April 13, 2017

Each year, we publish two books: a spring anthology which follows in the line of our early issues, and an autumn special issue, whose editors get to play with other ways of making a Dark Mountain book, while pushing deeper into a theme on which this project touches. We started doing this two years ago with Techne, followed by last October’s Uncivilised Poetics. This year, we are planning a special issue on the theme of ‘the sacred’. Today, as we announce our call for contributions, Dark Mountain co-founder Dougald Hine explains why we chose this theme, what we understand by it, and the different approach we are taking to the submissions process this time around.

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Kameron Hurley: How to Write a Book in a Month

locusmag.com – Monday April 10, 2017

We all want to learn how to write books faster. The pace of the news cycle today has heated up to such an extent that for those of us who aren’t in the 1% of writers, if we don’t come out with a book a year, it feels like the world has forgotten us amid the buzz of ever more intensifying world horror. I’m not immune to this pressure. Juggling a day job, a book a year (writing), a book a year (promot­ing), and completing various freelance articles like this one takes its toll. Stuff goes out late. It’s pushed out. It squeezes in just under the wire (like this column). At some point when you’re on the writing treadmill, it feels like you’ve gotten so behind that you’ll never catch up again.

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