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Publishers should pay authors as much as their other employees – Thursday February 11, 2016

There’s nothing to publish without writers, so why are they being pushed to extinction by their appalling pay?

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The perils of writing about sex: 'Your partner will think it's about them. Or – even worse – someone else' – Thursday February 11, 2016

Should you use exotic euphemisms or anatomical detail? Should it be comical, tender or shocking? And what if your mum reads it? Three generations of writers reveal the pitfalls – and pleasures – of writing about erotic encounters.

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David Roche appointed chair of New Writing North – Thursday February 11, 2016

David Roche has been appointed chair of the board at New Writing North, the development agency for creative writing and reading for the North of England.

Roche has previously worked as c.e.o. of Borders and as group sales and marketing director of HarperCollins. Roche chaired the Booksellers Association and Publishers Association Liaison Group from 2003 to 2005 and was president of the Booksellers Association from 2005 to 2007. He now runs his own company, David Roche Enterprises Ltd, and acts as a consultant, literary agent and non-executive director.

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Learn How to Make Your Writing Funnier With This Video Lesson – Thursday February 11, 2016

Whether you want to tell stories, write a killer speech, or just make your business memos a little less humdrum, humor is one of the best ways to engage an audience. This video lesson gives you some practical tips you can apply to your writing to make it funnier in a snap.

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13 Painful Realities of a Writer's Life – 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? – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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