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Rankin and Cleeves to headline Bute Noir crime writing festival

thebookseller.com – Thursday May 16, 2019

Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves will headline this summer's Bute Noir crime writing festival. 

Authors Mark Billingham, Denise Mina, Stuart MacBride, Chris Brookmyre, Ruth Ware and Mick Herron will also join the line-up for the festival in Rothesay, which takes place from Friday 2nd August 2 to Sunday 4th August. 

Organisers have also signed up authors Oscar de Muriel from Mexico, Lilja Sigurdardottir from Iceland, Thomas Enger from Norway, Alexandra Sokoloff from the USA, and Liz Nugent from Ireland as well as leading Scottish talent including Alex Gray, Lin Anderson and Craig Robertson.

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Writers blocked: Even fantasy fiction is now offensive

spectator.co.uk – Thursday May 16, 2019

It was Lionel Shriver who saw the writing on the wall. Giving a keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival three years ago in which she decried the scourge of modern identity politics, Shriver observed that the dogma of ‘cultural appropriation’ —which demands no less than complete racial segregation in the arts — had not yet wrapped its osseous fingers around the publishing industry. But, she warned: ‘This same sensibility is coming to a bookstore near you.’ Reader, it has come.

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Jeffery Deaver interview: The secrets of writing a bestseller

cambridgeindependent.co.uk – Wednesday May 15, 2019

Thriller writer Jeffery Deaver was penning award nominated novels - but for some reason they weren’t selling.

After his sixth book - a mystery in the Poirot vein - came out to critical acclaim, but little money, he knew he had to act.

“They were well received, but they didn't do extremely well in terms of sales. Then I re-read them and I realized they weren’t as good as I had hoped,” says Jeffery.

That’s when he began working on something he calls his ‘mint toothpaste’ business plan.

“I’m a big list maker and I was aware that I needed to be more scientific about it. So it was in my late 30s I outlined a book for the first time - after writing half a dozen. That book was exponentially better and so I have been following that model ever since.”

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How to write a novel – four fiction writers on Danielle Steel’s insane working day

– Wednesday May 15, 2019

She might be the world’s most famous romance writer, nay the highest selling living author bar none, but there’s little room for flowers and chocolates in Danielle Steel’s writing regime. In a recent interview she laughed at the idea of young people insisting on a work-life balance, and has claimed she regularly writes for 20 to 22 hours a day, and sometimes 24. The result: 179 books in under 50 years, selling about 800m copies.

Some aspiring novelists might just have cancelled their entire lives to get on the Steel plan, but many more are probably wondering if it’s time to try something less demanding. We asked four creative writing teachers for their perspective:

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ICM Partners join forces with Curtis Brown Creative for writing course

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 15, 2019

US agency ICM Partners and Curtis Brown Creative are teaming up to launch a six-month online novel-writing course. 

The course, which starts in September, will provide 15 writing students with the opportunity to connect with literary agents from the US and UK and the chance to glean knowledge and industry insights from US and UK publishing perspectives. 

ICM Partners have worked with Curtis Brown for more than 10 years on UK and translation rights representation and now ICM literary agents Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler will take part in 'agent days' during the creative writing school's new course. 

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 15, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes fiction and poetry collections. Particularly interested in collaborative / transmedia pieces. Send submissions by email with author bio / resume.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 13, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes creative LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic/agender) romances in any genre. Accepts submissions of novels up to 200,000 words and short stories and novellas of at least 10,000 words. See website for full submission guidelines.

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James White Award suffers technical problem

jameswhiteaward.com – Saturday May 11, 2019

If you've submitted a story to this year's James White Award Short Story Competition and did not receive a confirmation email you will need to resubmit your story.

The competition organisers have suffered a technical problem with their website submission form which has meant that they have not been receiving submitted material. Their back-up system has also failed.

The James White Award accepts science fiction stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Winners receive £200 and publication in Interzone.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 9, 2019

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Biography; Business; Cookery; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Film; Finance; Historical; Legal; Lifestyle; Medicine; Music; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Science; Self-Help; Sociology; Sport; Technology; Travel; TV
Markets: Adult; Children's
Treatments: Literary

Send query by email with first ten pages in the body of the email (or full manuscript for picture books). No attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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Dear Will… creative writing courses matter more than ever (but not for the reasons you think)

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 8, 2019

Dear Will, 

We’ve never met, though I am familiar with your work, and your opinions about the world, as you have over the years, built up many column inches to your name, especially, recently, on the value of creative writing courses, and the fact that no one is making money as a literary novelist anymore. I also want to note that your controversialist's question is often on heavy rotation in the literary press - Hanif Kureshi had a similar conniption last time he had a book to promote. But since this is a matter quite close to my professional heart, I would like to point out a few glaring errors of logic in your critique.

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