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firstwriter.com subscriber wins Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

firstwriter.com – Saturday June 30, 2012

Christian Cook, a subscriber to firstwriter.com, has won the prestigious Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. Run by InterAct Reading Service, an award-winning charity that aims to stimulate the minds of stroke patients through live readings, the competition is held biennially and is open to all UK residents. Christian (37), who lives in Street, Somerset, was presented with his award by Baroness Rendell at a ceremony in London.

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How I got my book published - An interview with author, Stephen Nuttall

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 30, 2012

Stephen Nuttall recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author, Graham Soloman

firstwriter.com – Sunday April 29, 2012

Graham Soloman recently acquired a literary agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agents. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a publishing deal - An interview with author, David Williams

firstwriter.com – Saturday March 31, 2012

David Allan Williams recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got my book published - An interview with author, James J. Garber

firstwriter.com – Monday February 27, 2012

James J. Garber recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author, Eric Houghton

firstwriter.com – Sunday November 27, 2011

Eric Houghton recently secured a deal with a literary agency as a result of searching firstwriter.com's database of over 850 literary agents. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Writers can reach multitudes

By James A. Haught
Editor Emeritus, The Charleston Gazette

firstwriter.com – Saturday October 29, 2011

In 2002, elderly Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia gave fervent Senate floor speeches against the looming US invasion of Iraq. But the Washington press corps ignored him. He drew little coverage nationwide by newspapers, television news or wire services. Byrd's voice was mostly lost.

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Navigating a virtual book tour

By Shelly Frome
Professor of Dramatic Arts Emeritus at the University of Connecticut

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 29, 2011

Like any venture, there are certain factors at play before considering a virtual book tour. Assuming, of course, the goal is to improve your “platform” beyond your friends and acquaintances on Facebook, etc. and your fans at the local bookstore. The first step then is to determine your niche. Otherwise the success rate via this particular promotional tool becomes more problematic.

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How I got my book published - An interview with author, Marion Grace Woolley

firstwriter.com – Saturday April 30, 2011

Marion Woolley recently secured a publishing deal with a publisher she found in firstwriter.com's database of over 1,400 publishers. We asked her about her writing, and how she found success.

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From writer to published author in 7 simple steps

By Patricia Fry

firstwriter.com – Sunday March 27, 2011

Do you write for pleasure? Have you ever thought – even for a fleeting moment – about publishing your work? How do you know when it is time to shift from writer to published author? 

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