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A lonely story: the perils of writing in solitude

theguardian.com – Monday January 25, 2016

It worked for George Orwell and Henry Thoreau – but for Adrian McKinty, a retreat deep in rural Australia was a very sad tale indeed.

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Could 'method writing' be the future for novelists?

bbc.co.uk – Saturday January 23, 2016

Could writers benefit from the same tactics as method actors, who immerse themselves in extreme surroundings in order to prepare for a role?

Every February, as the Oscars roll around, movie fans revel in stories about actors who have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for parts.

Daniel Day-Lewis learned to track and skin animals and fight with tomahawks for The Last of the Mohicans, while, more recently, Leonardo DiCaprio plunged into an icy river and sank his teeth into a hunk of raw bison while filming the Oscar-nominated film The Revenant.

Actors going to such lengths has become more common in recent years and a cynic might argue it certainly did not harm their film's publicity, but given the apparent success of their technique, could working in a similarly immersive way also benefit novelists?

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What publishers should do

boingboing.net – Saturday January 23, 2016

You can’t work at a book publisher for more than five minutes without someone telling you what publishers should do. You know, “to survive.” “Be relevant.” Something.

Even literary agents, who should know better, will get in on this action. One of the most prominent agents in New York, seated next to me at an event a few years back, took the opportunity to lecture me through the appetizer course on how book publishers should band together and “build their own Amazon” to sell books. Digital disruption = solved.

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Want to improve the quality of your writing? Type slower

sciencealert.com – Friday January 22, 2016

Let's face it, not everybody's equally gifted when it comes to getting their thoughts down on paper (or the digital equivalent). But according to a new study, there's an easy trick anybody can do to improve the quality of their writing: just type more slowly.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday January 22, 2016

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Hobbies; Humour; Religious; Short Stories; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes fiction and nonfiction for boys aged 9-14, presenting Christian life and helping boys relate to Christian values in their own lives. Issues are themed. View website for details or send request with SASE. Submit complete ms. Do not query first.

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Ascent Aspirations call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Friday January 22, 2016

Ascent Aspirations Magazine is coming back into circulation after a year's vacation. It will now publish poetry only, on a weekly basis, on a page called Friday's Poems. 

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Wise named new AAA president

thebookseller.com – Thursday January 21, 2016

Senior agent at Curtis Brown, Gordon Wise, has been elected president of the Association of Author's Agents (AAA), following the end of current president Sam Edenborough's term.

Wise, who won the Bookseller Book Industry Awards Agent of the Year gong last year, has served on the AAA committee since 2012.

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Winners of the Fourteenth International Poetry Competition announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 21, 2016

firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winner and special commendations in its Fourteenth International Poetry Competition, which closed on November 1, 2015.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Crafts; Hobbies; How-to; Humour; Mystery; Romance; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes nonfiction and fiction related to quilts. Send proposal by post. See website for complete guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 20, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Erotic; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Humour; Literature; Men's Interests; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; Westerns; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Family; Youth

Digital imprint from a major publisher, considering all genres of writing, whether novels, novellas, serials, or a series. Particularly interested in authors from the UK, Ireland, South Africa and India. Send submissions by email with any type of attachment.

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