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My Writing Education: A Time Line

newyorker.com – Friday October 23, 2015

February 1986

Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding Back in the World in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and list all the things that have been holding me back artistic-development-wise and possibly (God! Yikes!) ask if he ever listens to music while he writes. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t make me feel like an idiot. I do that myself, once I hang up.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 23, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes novels and picture books for children. Send query by email with full text (for picture books) or first chapters (novels) pasted into the body of the email. Accepts multiple submissions, but no more than one project per month from the same author.

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Dawn French on writing sex scenes and her new career as a novelist

standard.co.uk – Thursday October 22, 2015

Dawn French says it was difficult to write the sex scenes for her “saucy” new novel — because she struggled to get excruciating language out of her head.

The Vicar Of Dibley star’s comedy romp, According To Yes, is about an English nanny and her adventures in New York. In an interview with the Evening Standard, French said words “like throb, or pant, or pulse kept popping into my mind and you think, ‘Ooh no that’s a bit Barbara Cartland.’ ” 

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Story dust: Lessons learned on feature writing from Lane DeGregory

poynter.org – Thursday October 22, 2015

Not long ago, I heard myself saying something like this at a writing seminar: “It’s not a story yet; it’s just story dust.”

• You are reading an old book, and inside, in a childish handwriting, is the name of the boy who first owned it in 1962, and a phone number.

• A young woman has a tattoo of a Jewish star on her forearm. Under it is her grandmother’s name: Sadie.

• A classified ad reads: “Lost. Class ring. Heartbroken. Reward to finder.”

None of these are stories. But each contains story dust.

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New edition of Budding Bestseller guide launched

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 22, 2015

Infinity Junction has moved, and also introduced the new 2016 edition of its praised Budding Bestseller guide (originally the book Budding Author). To attract people to their new home server and latest website, www.infinityjunction.com, Infinity Junction is offering, for a limited period, free copies in digital form of Budding Bestseller.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 22, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Quarterly magazine of genre fiction and poetry, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery and romance.

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Writers share #WhyIWrite on Twitter for National Day on Writing

ew.com – Wednesday October 21, 2015

Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel, and in observance of the celebration, Twitter wants to know: Why do writers write?

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New digital platform for short stories, poetry, and essays

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 21, 2015

Comma Press is an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short fiction, and has just launched a digital platform for short stories, poetry and essays in text and audio form. The new platform is called MacGuffin. Anyone can publish work on it, so long as they upload a reading along with their text. 

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Writing books is not a sane way to make a living

independent.co.uk – Saturday October 17, 2015

Since the beginning of the year I have been writing a book about Star Trek. Next September, it will be 50 years since the first episode (“The Man Trap”) was shown on American television, and although an anniversary isn't necessarily the best reason for a new book, observers of the publishing process will know that it's often a very good excuse. A couple of weeks ago I finished the book and sent it off by email, three and a half months after the original deadline, two and a half months after the renegotiated deadline and six weeks after the absolutely final deadline that could not be breached on pain of death. Douglas Adams's famous comment on the subject (“I love deadlines – I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by”) speaks to every writer in the world, alive or dead.

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Franklin: 'toxic competition' in large publishers

thebookseller.com – Friday October 16, 2015

The atmosphere in some large publishing houses is "toxic" as imprints are forced to compete against each other for big titles, Profile Books' owner Andrew Franklin has said.

Speaking yesterday (15th October) about the merits of being an independent publisher in the "CEO Talk" at Frankfurt Book Fair, along with Marcos Pereira, founder and c.e.o of Editora Sextante, Franklin said camaraderie in smaller houses could be better than larger ones.

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