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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Gothic; Literature; 
Markets: Adult; Professional; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Cynical; Dark; Experimental; In-depth; Literary; Serious

A literary magazine featuring dark, psychological fiction, poetry, and art. Started in 2017, we are a nonprofit publication. Our goal is to share literature that raises awareness of and expresses psychological issues and feelings of displacement through the literary gothic. We're open to a variety of styles, including writing that is minimalistic or that has elements of fantasy or horror, so long as it fits within our theme.

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2018 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The 2018 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,400 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2017 edition, and nearly 400 brand new entries.

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Ray Bradbury’s Practical and Inspiring Writing Advice

flavorwire.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The late, great Ray Bradbury, a master of modern science fiction, was born on this day in 1920. Bradbury was full of wit and wisdom when it came to dishing out practical writing advice. 

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Architecture; Arts; Biography; Literature; Short Stories; Translations; Travel; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Prefers online approaches, but will accept paper submissions by post. Include SASE if return of material is required. Does not respond to email queries unless interested.

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Digital isn't dead for book publishers - we're just waking up from the first hangover

thebookseller.com – Monday August 21, 2017

In 2010 Steve Jobs announced another killer product that would propel tech companies, publishers and consumers into an exciting new era. The iPad launched tablet devices into the consumer consciousness in a way which few would have believed possible at the time. Now with over 40% of the worldwide population believed to own at least one tablet and 91% a smartphone, smart devices are here to stay.

So why did so many book apps fail to work?

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What it's like writing about sex for over 60s

stuff.co.nz – Monday August 21, 2017

I haven't lost my libido. Mislaid it at times, perhaps, but not completely lost it. Possession of a SuperGold Card doesn't swipe away the sensual senses and sensations of a good old burst of lust, or so they tell me.

But when you're a woman over 60, sex becomes a standing joke in stand-up comedy repertoire. It's OK for guys over 60 to talk about it, just not women. And especially not in front of the children, even though they've got their own offspring now and clearly know what it's all about.

Imagine the horror then, having a mother who writes about it.

Writing fiction takes quite a bit of courage – exposing aspects of yourself, your fantasies, your innermost thoughts. Writing sex scenes takes even more courage. And writing sex scenes for over 60s requires an extra layer of tact.

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Can you teach someone to write a bestseller? Judging by the Faber Academy’s record, the answer is yes

standard.co.uk – Thursday August 17, 2017

With 62 publishing deals and a glittering roll call of alumni, it’s rapidly earning a reputation as the book world’s fame school. Patricia Nicol finds out its secrets.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 17, 2017

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

For poems by women. Submit up to four poems, up to 200 lines total, by post only. Poems must be unpublished and not out for submission elsewhere. See website for full guidelines.

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My fellow authors are too busy chasing prizes to write about what matters

theguardian.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

There are at least two reasons why almost every anglophone novelist feels compelled to get as near the Booker prize as they can. The first is because it looms over them and follows them around in the way Guy de Maupassant said the Eiffel Tower follows you everywhere when you’re in Paris. “To escape the Eiffel Tower,” Maupassant suggested, “you have to go inside it.” Similarly, the main reason for a novelist wanting to win the Booker prize is to no longer be under any obligation to win it, and to be able to get on with their job: writing, and thinking about writing.

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Poetry anthology for Grenfell Tower

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

An anthology of poems is being compiled which respond to the Grenfell Tower tragedy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

The collection will be published by Eyewear in December 2017.

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