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Know a budding writer? Roddy Doyle has ten tips to get them writing

irishtimes.com – Wednesday May 11, 2016

It’s there in front of you - the blank space with the  blinking cursor or the empty page in a notebook.  Your fingers grasp the pencil or the pen;  your hands hover  over the keyboard. There’s so much to say but  how to start and, once started,  how to keep going?   That’s the challenge. You and only you can do it, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here's Roddy Doyle with some tips.

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Five famous novels turned down by publishers

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday May 11, 2016

Stephen King received so many rejection letters for Carrie that he kept them all on a spike in his bedroom. When it was finally published in 1974 it was a runaway success, and the paperback sold more than a million copies in its first year.

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How To Write A Book When You Have A Full-Time Job

elitedaily.com – Tuesday May 10, 2016

It took me five minutes to write this sentence.

Five minutes of staring into space until the idea of writing an opening line about how long it took me to think of an opening line popped into my head.

In the grand scheme of things, five minutes isn’t all that long. But for a writer, five minutes for nine words can add up.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 10, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and flash fiction. Submit up to five poems or up to five pieces of flash fiction by post or via online submission system. Online submissions require payment of a $3 fee.

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Mark Billingham: why research comes last, and other crime-writing tricks

irishtimes.com – Monday May 9, 2016

Research can get you into trouble. It’s important, of course, but there are pitfalls. An obvious one – especially when writing dark crime novels – is that you can occasionally find yourself dealing with someone who doesn’t see the world in quite the way you do and certainly shouldn’t be left alone with sharp objects. Once, after posting on a forensic anthropology website for information on the speed at which a body might decompose under a particular set of circumstances, I received the following email.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 9, 2016

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Business; Historical; Science; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Treatments: Commercial; Literary; Popular

No screenplays, poetry, self-help, or genre fiction, including mystery, romance or science fiction. Send queries by post only, with SASE (or return email address) and up to 25 pages of sample material.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 9, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and narrative journalism relating to specific themes for each issue. Send one piece of prose between 2,000 and 7,500 words or up to three poems per issue, by email. See website for current theme and full submission guidelines.

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What you read affects your writing – so choose carefully

news.ufl.edu – Saturday May 7, 2016

Educators have studied the processes of reading and writing, and the development of skills in each area, but never how one influences the other. In a groundbreaking study in the May issue of the International Journal of Business Administration, University of Florida associate professor Yellowlees Douglas and graduate student Samantha Miller discovered strong correlations between the complexity of graduate students’ reading and their writing.

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Assistant Production Editor - Bloomsbury Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday May 7, 2016

Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an Assistant Production Editor for the adult trade division. This is an entry-level position, ideally suited to someone new to publishing but with a strong interest in managing editorial. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail.

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Writing crime with Donna Leon, Duncan Campbell and Barry Forshaw – books podcast

theguardian.com – Friday May 6, 2016

In this week’s podcast, we investigate the enduring appeal of crime in literature. Duncan Campbell, for decades one of the UK’s most distinguished crime correspondents, looks back through a murky history that began with reports of hangings in the 17th century, assisted in the birth of the novel with Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders and has been conflating fact and fiction ever since. 
He’s joined by Barry Forshaw, a walking encyclopedia of noir, who explains why the British tradition of crime writing walks to a different beat than the rest of the world.

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