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How to write a novel – four fiction writers on Danielle Steel’s insane working day

– Wednesday May 15, 2019

She might be the world’s most famous romance writer, nay the highest selling living author bar none, but there’s little room for flowers and chocolates in Danielle Steel’s writing regime. In a recent interview she laughed at the idea of young people insisting on a work-life balance, and has claimed she regularly writes for 20 to 22 hours a day, and sometimes 24. The result: 179 books in under 50 years, selling about 800m copies.

Some aspiring novelists might just have cancelled their entire lives to get on the Steel plan, but many more are probably wondering if it’s time to try something less demanding. We asked four creative writing teachers for their perspective:

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ICM Partners join forces with Curtis Brown Creative for writing course

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 15, 2019

US agency ICM Partners and Curtis Brown Creative are teaming up to launch a six-month online novel-writing course. 

The course, which starts in September, will provide 15 writing students with the opportunity to connect with literary agents from the US and UK and the chance to glean knowledge and industry insights from US and UK publishing perspectives. 

ICM Partners have worked with Curtis Brown for more than 10 years on UK and translation rights representation and now ICM literary agents Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler will take part in 'agent days' during the creative writing school's new course. 

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 15, 2019

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

Publishes fiction and poetry collections. Particularly interested in collaborative / transmedia pieces. Send submissions by email with author bio / resume.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 13, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes creative LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic/agender) romances in any genre. Accepts submissions of novels up to 200,000 words and short stories and novellas of at least 10,000 words. See website for full submission guidelines.

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James White Award suffers technical problem

jameswhiteaward.com – Saturday May 11, 2019

If you've submitted a story to this year's James White Award Short Story Competition and did not receive a confirmation email you will need to resubmit your story.

The competition organisers have suffered a technical problem with their website submission form which has meant that they have not been receiving submitted material. Their back-up system has also failed.

The James White Award accepts science fiction stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Winners receive £200 and publication in Interzone.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 9, 2019

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Biography; Business; Cookery; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Film; Finance; Historical; Legal; Lifestyle; Medicine; Music; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Science; Self-Help; Sociology; Sport; Technology; Travel; TV
Markets: Adult; Children's
Treatments: Literary

Send query by email with first ten pages in the body of the email (or full manuscript for picture books). No attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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Dear Will… creative writing courses matter more than ever (but not for the reasons you think)

thebookseller.com – Wednesday May 8, 2019

Dear Will, 

We’ve never met, though I am familiar with your work, and your opinions about the world, as you have over the years, built up many column inches to your name, especially, recently, on the value of creative writing courses, and the fact that no one is making money as a literary novelist anymore. I also want to note that your controversialist's question is often on heavy rotation in the literary press - Hanif Kureshi had a similar conniption last time he had a book to promote. But since this is a matter quite close to my professional heart, I would like to point out a few glaring errors of logic in your critique.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 8, 2019

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

Publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and opinion / editorial pieces. Submit up to five poems or prose up to 10,000 words.

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Will Translated Fiction Ever Really Break Through?

vulture.com – Tuesday May 7, 2019

In May 2018, Olga Tokarczuk and her translator Jennifer Croft won the Man Booker International Prize for Flights, a novel that was published in Poland in 2007. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, for which Tokarczuk is a Booker finalist again this year, was translated a bit faster; it only took a decade. One of the biggest stars in translation of this century, Roberto Bolaño, author of 2666 and The Savage Detectives, fared no better. Back in 2003, when New Directions put out his first translated book, By Night in Chile, Bolaño had already passed away; he was a famous writer by then, at least in Spanish.

The process of literary translation takes time, obviously, but there’s something else at play when it takes a decade or more for incredibly renowned authors to reach our shores. This is part of a much larger problem, frequently referred to as the “3 percent problem” by publishers of translation (like myself), which should be troublesome to anyone who believes the world is better off when cultures are in conversation with one another.

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Writing at risk of becoming an 'elitist' profession, report warns

theguardian.com – Tuesday May 7, 2019

Though the average writer earns £10,000 a year, mean household earnings are more than £81,000 – a result bestselling author Kit de Waal calls problematic.

Writing is in danger of becoming an elitist profession, with many authors being subsidised by their partners or a second job in order to stay afloat, according to new statistics.

The full findings from the annual Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society report into author earnings paint a more nuanced picture than the headline results from last summer, which revealed that median earnings for professional writers had fallen to less than £10,500 a year. While the average professional writer earns £10,000 a year, the mean earnings for a writer’s household were more than £81,000 a year, and median household earnings were at £50,000 per annum. “Most writers supplement their income from other sources, such as a second job or household earnings contributed by a partner”, according to the report, which analysed answers from more than 5,500 professional writers.

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