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Rude awakening: three essential rules for writing good sex – Friday August 28, 2015

Serious fiction should not ignore physical love, but it's hard to get right. Here are a few lessons I've learned.

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Top Tips for "Aspiring" Writers – Wednesday August 26, 2015

I'm often asked if I have any nuggets of wisdom for aspiring writers.

Being me; terrible at stringing sentences together verbally, and often angsty about my work, I tend to deflect, self-deprecatingly, and redirect the question back into the conversation.

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A Book Well Worth the Wait – Sunday August 23, 2015

An editor publishes a book by a writer whose work he fell in love with 20 years ago.

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Revealed: Why the Dragon Tattoo girl is really a man (...and why Stieg Larsson wrote off Inspector Morse) – Sunday August 23, 2015

The heroine should act like a man while the hero should be a ‘bimbo' – and neither should ever behave like Inspector Morse.

These are the bizarre rules of crime writing, according to the stunningly successful author of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

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ePublish and Be Damned! – Saturday August 22, 2015

There's an old cliché in the ink stained trade from which I hail, "Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."

But in 2004, when I was young, dumb and full of cum, I paid no heed to caution or wisdom. I had a daredevil idea, for a non-fiction book about jails in the USA, and submitted the proposal to several literary agencies based out of London.

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Markets: Send out your writing! – Friday August 21, 2015

Are you looking for a place to send that short story you just finished? Do you need an agent to submit your work in UK or USA? Do you have an idea for a perfect children's book?

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Making a living from writing, writing from making a living – Thursday August 20, 2015

For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid.

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Authonomy writing community closed by HarperCollins – Thursday August 20, 2015

Authors are mourning the closure of Authonomy, the online community for would-be writers set up by HarperCollins seven years ago as a way to source new talent.

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Reply to a bad review – Thursday August 20, 2015

In the years that we've been publishing our Writers' Handbook and other titles we've been pleased to get a lot of good reviews: previous editions score averages of four stars on Amazon, and an amazing 70% of reviewers for our 2015 edition gave it the maximum score: five out of five. Customers have called it "excellent", a "wonderful book" and "a must have for writers" – but, inevitably, amongst the generally positive reviews there are also the occasional negative ones. This is only to be expected, of course – you can't please all of the people all of the time – but it can be frustrating when the criticism comes not from a fault with the book, but a customer's misunderstanding of the intent. This isn't the customer's fault, of course – it identifies that, in that instance, we've failed to adequately communicate the reasons for the choices that have been made.

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New Literary Agency Listing – Wednesday August 19, 2015

Accepts submissions by email. See website for specific agent interests and email addresses.

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