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Beginners guide for writing a novel

thriveglobal.com – Saturday September 14, 2019

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his work” ~ Virginia Woolf

Becoming an author can change your life—not to mention the impact the author’s voice has on the readers. However, writing a novel is not a piece of cake. It is better to call it quits then completing a book. It happens when you run out of ideas, or your own story bores you, or you become overwhelmed by the scope of finishing what you started, compels you to quit.

For a beginner, writing can seem daunting, but if you have a passion to write your own story and know the ways to make the process easier, you can make it to the end of your novel. So without further ado, let’s discuss ten tips which can keep you motivated till the end of your project.

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The Pleasures and Frustrations of Collaborative Fiction Writing

conversations.e-flux.com – Saturday September 14, 2019

Writing a novel has traditionally been understood as a solitary and often grueling affair. Novels are frequently taken as the detailed expression of a single worldview or sensbility, even if this is distributed across multiple characters and plot points. In the New Yorker, fiction writer Ceridwen Dovey profiles three writing collectives that explode the traditonal view of the novel as an individualistic enterprise. These collectives (one working in romance fiction, another in erotic fiction, and the other in historical fiction) have each published multiple successful novels composed through elaborate collaborative writing methods. Together they demonstrate that writing doesn’t have to be the exclusive province of the solitary tortured “genius.” Check out an excerpt from the piece below.

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What it really takes to be a writer, according to Roald Dahl

stylist.co.uk – Friday September 13, 2019

Ever dreamed of becoming a great writer? We’re pretty willing to bet that almost anyone reading this page has, at some point, felt a story bubbling up inside of them… but that, for whatever reason, they decided not to sit down and put pen to paper.

Of course, it’s not exactly unusual that so many of us have been scared off. After all, writing is hard work. Indeed, looking back on his years as a writer in Boy: Tales of ChildhoodRoald Dahl contended that “two hours of writing fiction leaves this particular writer absolutely drained”. 

The celebrated author continued: “For those two hours he has been miles away, he has been somewhere else, in a different place with totally different people, and the effort of swimming back into normal surroundings is very great. It is almost a shock.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 13, 2019

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

Online literary journal. Send up to five poems or two pieces of fiction or nonfiction (up to 1,000 words) in a Word document attachment.

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Events, dear boy … the reality of life as a children’s writer

irishtimes.com – Thursday September 12, 2019

When you imagine the life of a writer, you probably see us shut away in a room at a desk, scribbling or typing furiously, or staring into space hoping for inspiration. But if you write for children, you are likely to spend a good bit of your working life meeting your readers. At certain times of the year - especially now, with new books hitting the shelves for autumn and Children’s Book Festival on the horizon – writers can have a full timetable of events that leave them barely enough time to actually write.

I have two new books for children coming out this autumn – Laura’s Spooky Show has just hit the shelves, and Reindeer Down, a Christmas story for younger readers, will be published by the O’Brien Press in October. It’s exciting to be embarking on a new round of visits to schools, libraries and bookshops. Exciting, and terrifying.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 12, 2019

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

Contemporary poetry journal accepting submissions from anywhere in the world, though particularly encouraged from Fenland. No line limits. Send up to six poems by post only with SASE. No email submissions.

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Book publisher Gomer Press to 'wind down' publishing arm

uk-wales-49652287 – Wednesday September 11, 2019

One of Wales' largest publishing houses is to "wind down" publishing new works to focus on printing, its bosses say.

Gomer Press, set up in 1892 and based in Ceredigion, has about 3,500 titles in print in English and Welsh.

It said the decision followed a strategic review, "thus ensuring the future" of its 55 employees, but authors called it a "sad" move.

Gomer said it would continue working with authors and the Books Council of Wales to publish scheduled titles.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 11, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Feminist magazine. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines.

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CAA Hires Cindy Uh As Agent In Books Department

deadline.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Cindy Uh has joined CAA as an Agent in the Books department.

Uh moves to CAA following a four-and-a-half-year stint at Thompson Literary Agency, where she represented a range of nonfiction authors in the categories of memoir, politics, food, business, health and wellness, and lifestyle.

She has also consistently been ranked one of the top agents for illustrated/art projects.

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Who is Kanishka Gupta? A book magician of sorts

uk.style.yahoo.com – Tuesday September 10, 2019

Ever spare a thought for how millions of Indian readers get their hands on a variety of amazing books? A great idea or story still needs to be considered by a publisher to make it to the shelves. A lot happens behind the scenes before a book sees the light of the day, and that's where the role of a competent agent becomes critical.

An aspiring author and a college dropout, Kanishka Gupta met with several disappointments with regards to finding the right publisher for his own manuscript. The agency he opted to go along with turned out to be phony, which left him further exasperated. When he didn't receive much guidance for his manuscript himself, he founded an assessment agency, Writer's Side, to systemise publishing. A one-of-its kind agency, Writer's Side brought immense success to Kanishka, the benefits of which he hopes to extend to authors worldwide. As Writer's Side completes 10 years, he has secured over 500 book deals for his authors. As of 2019, he represents over 400 authors from across the world.

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