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No taboo should be off limits when writing for teenagers

theguardian.com – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Violence, swearing, sex, drinking, mental illness… teen/YA lit has had it all for over 40 years. Teen author Non Pratt on facing up to whatever readers fear – and exploring uncharted ethical territory

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Culture; Politics; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit fiction up to 7,500 words; up to six pieces of flash fiction up to 500 words per piece; up to six poems up to two pages each; or cultural, political, or other types of essays or self-contained sections of memoirs up to 5,000 words. Will consider genre fiction if it has literary merit. Accepts email submissions from writers outside the US only.

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Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison: how we went from being teenage sweethearts to writing partners

theguardian.com – Monday January 4, 2016

The authors of Lobsters and new middle grade book Never Evers on what it’s like writing together (and how they do it), why year 9 is a crazy time, and where they rank in the ‘cool’ league. Plus, read the first chapter of Never Evers here!

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New writing award announced to honour Sir Terence Rattigan

whatsonstage.com – Monday January 4, 2016

The Terence Rattigan Society have announced a new writing award with monetary prizes and a professional production of the winning play on offer.

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Why Do We Fixate on Writer's Block?

huffingtonpost.com – Monday January 4, 2016

"Writer's Block is bunk."

That's not exactly what prize-winning author Loren D. Estleman said a few years ago at a Michigan writer's conference, but it's close. And he'd already published over 60 books (which he wrote on a typewriter!).

The problem with even using the term, he said, is that it's a supremely unhelpful way of saying something very basic and ordinary in the life of a writer: you're stuck.

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Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books

expertclick.com – Friday January 1, 2016

Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books.  Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books. 

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Ed Victor – an honoured literary agent

theguardian.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

The veteran literary agent Ed Victor has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list.

With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.

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Why using exciting words can make you a worse writer

chicagotribune.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

 "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

— Ernest Hemingway

Leilen Shelton, a middle school teacher in Costa Mesa, Calif., might translate that famous dictum from the famously plain-writing Hemingway this way: "All you have to do is write one illuminating, ineluctably verifiable sentence. Author the most perspicacious sentence that you comprehend."

Shelton wrote "Banish Boring Words," a crusade against milquetoast words like "good," "bad," "fun" and "said." Some of her disciples also eschew "go," "run," "happy," "walk" and "see."

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What the tools of the trade tell us: Emma Barnes

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 30, 2015

I founded a little publisher that I still run, called Snowbooks, in March 2003. And in about April 2003 I realised that there weren’t any decent or affordable tools to run my company properly. So I spent the last decade and a bit learning to write code so I could create my own. Over that time we’ve all witnessed other amazing software come to market. Cloud-based apps and web services help us to do everything nowadays, from ordering the weekly shop to developing complex character arcs.

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Print survives as a new literature is born

theguardian.com – Sunday December 27, 2015

This Christmas, in a tradition almost as hallowed as carol singing and turkey dinners, more than half of all the titles sold annually in the UK will have been traded in the frantic bazaar that dominates autumn business. This festive bonanza remains one of the few landmarks in an environment that, roughly since the millennium, has been rocked by a succession of seismic aftershocks, apparently threatening the very existence of Grub Street.

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