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Always Do a Test Run of That Fancy New Writing App

lifehacker.com – Saturday June 9, 2018

So you have a new writing app you’re dying to try, eh? Well, before you sit down to take on that big writing project, consider giving that app a solid test run so you can learn all the ins and outs first.

There’s this feeling that comes with a fancy new piece of writing software, or productivity software in general. It’s a feeling of potential, of power, like you’ve suddenly found the secret that’s going to help you to finish your novel, your screenplay, or that school paper that decides whether you pass or fail. Unfortunately, that feeling quickly fades when you realize you have no idea how to use it. If there’s one thing that will freeze your flow into self-manifested writer’s block, it’s an app’s learning curve.

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-authors – but who did the writing?

theguardian.com – Friday June 8, 2018

As the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson has his name on a lot of covers. Usually, the font size his hallmark enjoys overshadows that of a lesser known collaborator. Contrary to the popular adage, you can tell a lot by a book’s cover. The message on Patterson’s covers is clear: he is the selling point. But this is not the case with Patterson’s most recent title, The President Is Missing, where the name of his co-author, Bill Clinton, shares equal prominence.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 8, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas include: Autobiography; Crime; Drama
Markets: Adult

Accepts submissions from new and existing authors for fiction and nonfiction. Interested in real life, memoir, crime, passion, and human drama. Approach using online form on website or by post, including three draft chapters, the genre of your book, and your target market. See website for more details.

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Harvill Secker launches BAME crime writing competition

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 7, 2018

Harvill Secker is launching a competition in partnership with Bloody Scotland to find a debut crime writer from a BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) background. At stake is a book deal with Harvill Secker with an advance of £5,000.

The prize will be judged by Harvill Secker writer and Bloody Scotland committee member Abir Mukherjee, the author of an historical crime series set in 1920s Calcutta; creator of the Shetland and Vera series, Ann Cleeves; co-founder of BAME in Publishing, Sarah Shaffi and Harvill Secker editorial director Jade Chandler.

Entrants can enter the competition online via Penguin's website, where they will be asked to submit the first 5,000 words of their crime novel, along with a full plot outline. Submissions are open from 9th July until 9th September 2018, with the winner due to be announced in November 2018.

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Students crowdfund to launch writing anthology

thebookseller.com – Wednesday June 6, 2018

An anthology of work by students on the University of Warwick's MA in Writing programme is to be launched next week, after students crowd-funded the £5,000 needed to publish the title.

The anthology – manifest: New writing from Warwick – features the work of 21 students on the Warwick MA in Writing and includes poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, a mix of full stand-alone pieces and excerpts from longer works, and a foreword from novelist Gonzalo C Garcia. 

Students used the university's newly-launched crowdfunding platform, Spark, to recruit almost 100 ‘Friends of Manifest’ who each contributed towards the cost of publication and launch of the work. 

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Here's What It's Actually Like to Write Romance Novels for a Living

cosmopolitan.com – Tuesday June 5, 2018

Lauren Blakely knows romance. In 2018 alone — which, reminder, is not even half over yet — she's released five books and has at least five more coming. Here, she shares her tips for aspiring writers, romance or otherwise, and explains how a good sex scene makes a reader sweat.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday June 5, 2018

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

Publishes contemporary Jewish poetry. Submit via online submission manager.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday June 4, 2018

Handles: Fiction
Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Welcomes queries from both published and unpublished writers. Particularly interested in upmarket women's fiction, fantasy, romance, and thrillers. No christian, comedy, humour, comics, graphic novels, erotica, poetry, puzzles, games, picture books, early readers, middle grade, new adult, stage plays, or screenplays. Submit query via form on website.

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Murder mystery author Jane Harper has six tips for writing a bestselling novel

abc.net.au – Sunday June 3, 2018

In 2014, Jane Harper decided she was finally going to do it — she was going to write a book.

She enrolled in an online writing course, and in just twelve weeks had completed her first draft of The Dry.

The fast paced, hard-edged crime novel was the kind novel Harper had always wanted to write.

"I like books with a bit of mystery and suspense," the former journalist says.

It was an instant hit. Critics loved The Dry for its elegant structure, Australian voice, and Harper's ability to vividly paint a landscape in the grip of drought.

Readers loved it for its tight pace, its awkward, lovable hero and its satisfying "whodunnit" reveal.

The book raced on to bestseller lists around the world, won multiple awards, and was sold in to more than 20 foreign language territories.

Today, Harper is still riding high on the success of The Dry.

The movie rights have been sold to Reece Witherspoon's production company, and the script is complete. Harper's second book, Force of Nature, has been another bestseller, and she has another on its way.

So, how does she do it?

While at the Sydney Writers' Festival, Harper revealed the secrets to writing a bestselling novel. Writers, grab your pencils...

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PFD rebrands e-book imprint

thebookseller.com – Saturday June 2, 2018

Literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop is to rebrand its e-book list Ipso Books as Agora Books, and will look to expand its digital output with commercial frontlist titles.

Ipso Books was launched in September 2015, drawing on PFD’s estates business, with titles from the likes of Eric Ambler and Margery Allingham. The rationale was that in cases where publishers did not want to publish deep backlist titles, or did not have the rights, the agency would make them available to readers via e-book and print on demand.

Agora will also now seek to publish new writing, leading its push with Missing Pieces, a début novel by Laura Pearson, on 21st June, part of a three-book deal the list has struck with the writer.

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