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What Has Surprised You About The Writing Life? Intriguing Answers From Acclaimed Authors

huffingtonpost.com – Monday September 28, 2015

I've had the great fortune of interviewing many acclaimed authors. They always have much to say about the craft of writing. One of the questions I've asked often has been "What has surprised you about the writing life?"

Here is what some of those widely read authors said...

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Shift from e-books to print

straitstimes.com – Sunday September 27, 2015

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.

As readers migrated to new digital devices, e-book sales soared, increasing 1,259 per cent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online.

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Abrams Ups Ben Izzo To Agent

deadline.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

With a roster that includes work on behalf of Argentine-Chilean writer and activist Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller and the songwriting team of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, Ben Izzo has been promoted to agent at Abrams Artists Agency's New York-based literary division, Chairman and CEO Harry Abrams tells Deadline. Izzo had been the departmental coordinator in the literary division.

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What I learned from writing over 800,000 words in two years

thenextweb.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

Writing didn't come naturally to me, therefore I had to set daily intentions.When I decided I wanted to write more consistently, I sat down at my laptop one day and popped open a Word doc. I stared at the blinking cursor on that blank white page for what felt like forever. That's about the time that I disappeared into the catacombs of YouTube.

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No, e-book sales are not falling, despite what publishers say

fortune.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

A recent piece in the New York Times about a decline in e-book sales had more than a whiff of anti-digital Schadenfreude about it. The story, which was based on sales figures from the Association of American Publishers, implied that much of the hype around e-books had evaporated — with sales falling by 10% in the first half of this year — while good old printed books were doing better than everyone expected.

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Why are men so bad at writing sex scenes?

telegraph.co.uk – Friday September 25, 2015

So, Morrissey is terrible at writing about sex. The only surprising thing about this is that so many people seem surprised: realistically, expecting the famously-once-celibate author of the line ‘There are explosive kegs/between my legs' to pen a tender exploration of lovemaking is a bit like expecting Eminem to write a genre-defining pirate romance novel.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 25, 2015

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas: Biography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Historical;
Markets: Adult;
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

No Young Adult or children's. Query through form on website in first instance.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 24, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Small independent publishing company, publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and graphic novels for adults, young adults, and children. Review books on website to see if yours is a fit, and if so query Acquisitions Editor by phone. See website for more details.

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Why writing a book through letters is beautiful and wild

theguardian.com – Wednesday September 23, 2015

Author Leah Thomas is in love with letters, that spill their messy, chaotic, over-sharing, unreliably narrated content out into the world – and that's why she wrote her epistolary novel Because You'll Never Meet Me.

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Super-agent Andrew “The Jackal” Wylie may inherit another large chunk of the world’s literary talent

qz.com – Wednesday September 23, 2015

Andrew Wylie, one of the world's most powerful literary agents, may soon gain even more sway as the representative of three more Nobel Prize-winning authors.

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