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Between the novel and the book

thebookseller.com – Monday September 21, 2015

What do Hard Times, Middlemarch, Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, and many more of the greatest novels ever published have in common?

When they were first published, they were not published as books. They were published serially.

People unfamiliar with the history of something tend to assume that what they've always known is the way things have always been. That's why most people think the 20th-century model of publishing, which favoured the publication of novels in book rather than serial format (I call it the "Doorstopper Model"), is a "traditional" form of publishing. It's not.

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Poems for People: an anthology in solidarity with refugees

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 19, 2015

Poets in Solidarity with Refugees is a group of writers, artists and literature promoters who want to share and welcome stories in solidarity with refugees fleeing war-torn countries. Poems and fiction for the anthology will be selected by an experienced editorial panel and backed by a promotional campaign.

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Build Your Own Blog New Writer Scholarship

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 19, 2015

Build Your Own Blog is looking for a talented writer to support through the New Writer Scholarship 2015.

The scholarship is open to anyone aged 16 or over, and any form of written material in English, including short stories, poems, and blog posts.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 18, 2015

Send query by email with brief synopsis, first chapter, and a note about yourself, all pasted into the body of the email.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 17, 2015

Publishes fiction for children. Closed to approaches for chapter books, midgrade or YA novels as at September 2015, but open to anthology submissions of short fiction. See website for details.

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OF WORDS AND WILL | I’m Just a Manuscript

cornellsun.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

You probably heard the Schoolhouse Rock song "I'm Just a Bill" at some point in grade school. For anyone who missed out on such a key part of childhood: The song follows the journey of a legislative bill as he hopes to become a national law. After much back and forth between collaborators — and some instrumental breaks — the bill eventually receives the stamp of approval and becomes a law.

This summer I interned for Folio Literary Management, which is a literary agency based in New York City. As I learned about the publishing industry, I couldn't help but notice that the process of getting published mirrors the catchy "I'm Just a Bill." True to the song, writing a book manuscript is only half the battle — authors must work their way through interns, literary agents, editors and publishers in order to see their book on a shelf at Barnes and Noble.

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How To Handle Rejection of Your Writing, Without Becoming a Basket Case

io9.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

Rejection is part of being a writer. Unless you're that one-in-a-billion wunderkind who gets "discovered" while you're still in high school and goes on to become a literary sensation. Almost everybody who writes stories (or anything) has their work dismissed and sent packing, over and over. And learning to deal with rejection is a crucial part of getting better at this crazy game—both the writing part, and the selling part. But it never gets easy.

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Pete Kalu’s top tips for writing non-cliched multicultural characters

theguardian.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

Who does the washing up? How many kisses on greeting? Why avoid writing about Indian weddings? The award-winning playwright, poet and novelist Pete Kalu shares how to create multicultural characters that are well rounded but not cliched

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Self-Publishing and Living the LLC Dream

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

I've always wanted to be a writer, and as a child I imagined my name on the cover of several novels. As I've grown up into a digital age, the possibilities for being a writer today seem endless, and nowadays one doesn't have to rely on the mercy of large publishing companies to grant you your dream come true as self-publishing has fully come into its own in the publishing world.

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Author Cornelia Funke Launches Own Publishing Company

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

In an unusual move, bestselling children's author and illustrator Cornelia Funke, whose fantasy series Inkheart and Mirrorworld have been globally popular, cites creative differences with her U.S. publisher, and a growing wish to be free of restrictions on her artistic output, as the motivating factors in her decision to start her own press, called Breathing Books. Funke's partner in this endeavor is Mirada Studios in Los Angeles.

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