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Why it’s scary writing ghost stories

ft.com – Friday October 27, 2017

Once upon a time, this was a nation of seances, spiritualists and spirit photography. Britain was thick with ghosts and the Victorians knew how to speak to them, and see them. The writers of the time were quick to seize on this interest. Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell were among those who wrote ghost stories — as did many others in the popular periodical presses of the time.

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Hemingway's Writing Tip That Will Save You Time and Energy

inc.com – Friday October 27, 2017

When it comes to writing a book, there are many reasons to emulate the masters. Proust famously wrote in bed, while Joan Didion took an hour before dinner to read that day's writing with a drink in hand. Most authors have a strict schedule for writing days that they adhere to without question. But if you're not Proust or Didion, rather a first-time author, you may be overwhelmed by the process of writing a book. We can look to another literary great, Ernest Hemingway, for some useful advice for managing the writing process.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 27, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and prose from authors interested in the creation, sharing, and transmission of ideas, imaginings, and experiences. Send prose up to 3,500 words or poetry up to two pages with SASE. See website for full guidelines.

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Fast-Growing Page Street Ventures into Children's and YA Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Will Kiester never seems to lose his easygoing demeanor, even while describing the breakneck speed at which Page Street, his Salem, Mass.-based publishing house, continues to grow. Sales are up 20–30% this year; title output is up to 70 from 34 in 2015. New office space is being added to accommodate it all and, he added, he already needs more.

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Here's The Pitch Publishers Rejected When J.K. Rowling Was Trying To Get "Harry Potter" Published

buzzfeed.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling blessed us all when she released the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which is truly a worldwide phenomenon.

Rowling also hasn't been secretive about her prior struggle to get the series published, saying she received "loads" of rejections from publishers.

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Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

By Joey Eschrich
Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is proud to announce our Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. 

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CINE-BOOKS aims to unite authors and filmmakers with a new three-in-one format

thebookseller.com – Wednesday October 25, 2017

CINE-BOOKS is a "next generation publishing and book-filming startup" that offers a 'three-in-one' digital book format, as well as a global distribution platform that aims to connect readers, authors and film-makers in the creation of highly visual books.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 24, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Current Affairs; Historical; Politics; Science; Sociology; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Send query by email with bio, synopsis, and two sample chapters.

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How do you write a novel in just a month? With this app – that's how

techradar.com – Monday October 23, 2017

In the words of Bon Jovi, woah, we’re halfway there. I’m midway through my novel’s first draft. It feels much like crossing the 13.1 mile mark in a marathon – a sense of achievement, tempered by the realization that I have to do the same thing all over again.

Still, I have a good idea of where I need to go and how I’m going to get there, and it isn’t going to involve any blisters or horrible sticky energy gels. Seriously, who thought peanut flavor was a good idea?

I’ve had to double back a few times, re-writing and rearranging scenes that didn’t sit right. Those occasions have required a quick trip into LibreOffice Writer (try it – you won't believe it's not Word), but the rest of the time I’ve stuck with the superb distraction-blocking writing software FocusWriter.

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Are White Authors Not Allowed To Tell Stories Involving Black Characters?

huffingtonpost.com – Monday October 23, 2017

Storytellers are the chroniclers of our life and times. They memorialize history, dissect our complex and evolving world; they entertain and provoke and captivate. They are as diverse and eclectic as the characters they create and the stories they tell. It is their job to reflect who we are, what we experience, and what we can imagine. That’s a big canvas. It’s huge. And there’s no end to the variety of colors and hues that can be drawn upon it. Just as there is no end to the variety of artists weaving the tales drawn there.

Yet some believe there are rules to who gets to use which colors, who gets to draw outside the lines to tell stories that involve characters from different cultures. Some believe issues of race can only be voiced from within limited perspectives. Who gets to decide that? Who determines the answer to the title question?

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