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Guest post by TR Ragan: Writing in different genres

hypable.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

TR Ragan joins us to talk about her experiences in writing across different genres, including both romance and thrillers.

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The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers ... but mostly for you

theguardian.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing industry” in the same sentence. It’s a complicated issue, but trust me, it’s one you need to care about because the threat and danger is appallingly simple: our very culture is at stake.

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How To Write A Novel (And Actually Get It Published)

elleuk.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

Google ‘how to write a novel’ and there are 237 million results to choose from: factual ‘how to’ manuals; rose-tinted listicles from authors who did it; self-styled experts with formulas for writing a bestseller in 100 days... I read them all. But the best advice was five words from Tom Clancy - how do you write a book? 'Just tell the damn story.'

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Describes itself as a journal of the irregular. Send 3-5 short pieces or one longer piece of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, as a Word or PDF attachment by email.

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13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday May 2, 2016

The firstwriter.com Twelfth International Short Story Contest has now closed. The judging process will now begin, and the winners should be announced in the summer.

But don't worry if you missed the deadline – entries are now being accepted for the Thirteenth International Short Story Contest. The competition is open to stories in any genre and on any subject, up to 3,000 words. 

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Author Eric Havens Writing a Horror Novel in Real Time

dreadcentral.com – Saturday April 30, 2016

When it comes to writing a novel, people usually think of an endless process of mapping out ideas, writing, editing, and re-writing before anything even resembling a finished book comes to fruition. Author Eric Havens decided to throw that out the window and is literally writing a horror novel on his website in real time, with no editing or re-writing allowed.

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My writing day: Jacqueline Wilson

theguardian.com – Friday April 29, 2016

I once wrote in a Lett’s School-Girl’s Diary “It would be so wonderful to be a proper writer when I’m grown up. Imagine what bliss it would be to stay at home all day and just write!” Well, I’m a writer now, proper or improper, but sadly I don’t often get to stay at home all day and write. I meet journalists, I go to endless meetings, I do charity work, I talk at festivals, I take part in conferences, I lecture at universities, I visit ill children, I open libraries, I talk on panels, I give interviews on radio and television, and I judge all kinds of competitions. It’s all very interesting and enjoyable, if a bit nerve-racking at times, but it’s ultra time-consuming. It’s difficult managing to produce two full-length books each year. I cope by writing early every morning – even Christmas morning.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday April 29, 2016

Publishes: Fiction

Areas include: Crime; Mystery; Romance; Suspense

Markets: Adult

Publishes full-length mysteries, romances, thrillers, detective stories, and suspense. No kids books, sci-fi, nonfiction, conspiracy theories, or erotic. Send query by email with complete ms as an attachment, a synopsis in the body of the email, and 100 words about yourself. Include "submission" in the subject line. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday April 28, 2016

Publishes: Fiction

Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Sci-Fi

Markets: Adult; Youth

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes books with unique insights or compelling themes for young adult, new adult, and adult audiences. Send query by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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Children’s book writing/illustration conference in June

dglobe.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Dakotas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting its 2016 conference, “The Business of Writing and Illustrating,” on June 11 at the Holiday Inn City Center in Sioux Falls. Optional workshops will be offered on June 10.

The conference is for writers, illustrators, and anyone interested in creating children’s and young adult books or magazine articles.

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