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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

theguardian.com – Saturday May 13, 2017

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday May 12, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Arts; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Magazine focusing on excellence in the arts from a diverse perspective.

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New £10,000 award for indie publishers launches

thebookseller.com – Thursday May 11, 2017

The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent publishing, has been set up by Arts Council England to recognise the contribution that small publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness, innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.

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Can a course teach you how to write a bestseller?

inews.co.uk – Thursday May 11, 2017

Two industry players are offering novel-writing courses. They don’t guarantee you’ll get published, but they can teach would-be authors a lot. Sophie Morris reports.

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Literary agents aren't dead: Shark Tank for books

chicagonow.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017

The publishing landscape is rapidly changing. In the past, any aspiring author needed a publisher and landing a publisher almost always required a literary agent. This has changed with the rise of self-publishing, BUT it's important to keep things in perspective. I'm writing this series (part one here) to give ideas to writers (including myself) on how to navigate the new terrain while also doing somewhat of a myth buster on the notion that literary agents are now somehow extinct.

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Religion Publishers See Growth in Children’s Books

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday May 10, 2017

New research shows that storybook Bibles, board books, and children’s devotionals are among the most popular books on the market in religion today, and Christian publishers are taking heed.

NPD BookScan presented a report at the 2016 Children’s Book Summit that revealed a compound annual growth rate of 4% in the children’s market from 2004-2015. (At the time the report was issued, BookScan was owned by Nielsen; in January, NPD Group acquired the research company.) Children’s religion book sales have jumped 22% from 2013-2016, according to BookScan (which tracks roughly 80% of print sales). The same report indicated that 11 of the top 20 bestselling religion titles from 2015-2016 were board books, while six were Bible storybooks.

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New Amazon Buy Button Program Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors

publishersweekly.com – Tuesday May 9, 2017

A new program from Amazon is drawing a range of reactions from those across the publishing industry, from fear to downright anger. The e-tailer has started allowing third-party book re-sellers to "win" buy buttons on book pages. The program, publishers, agents, and authors allege, is discouraging customers from buying new books, negatively affecting sales and revenue.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday May 9, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Lifestyle; Religious; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes fiction and nonfiction board books, novelty books, and picture books for children aged 0-8. Subjects include inspiration/faith, patriotism, and holidays, particularly Easter and Christmas; relationships and values; and general fiction. Board book manuscripts should be no longer than 250 words. Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 800 words. Submit complete ms by post only - no queries or proposals or submissions by email. See website for full submission guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 8, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Reviews; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Film; Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Dark

Online magazine publishing science fiction and fantasy short stories between 500 and 15,000 words, and book, movie, and comic book reviews and news, slanted towards the science fiction and fantasy genres, between 500 and 3,000 words. Submit by email as .doc or OpenOffice documents. Responds in a month to all serious enquiries. Accepts simultaneous submissions, but no multiple submissions.

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7 Things I've Learned About Writing From My Work As An Editor And An Author

bustle.com – Wednesday May 3, 2017

For many years, I worked as both an author and an editor, which always felt a bit like being a double agent. I’d spend the days considering other people’s manuscripts and the nights working on my own, which was something of a balancing act. But I always felt really lucky to have the perspective that comes with being on both sides of the desk. I mean, how many people find one job they love, much less two?

A couple years ago, around the time I started working on my new book, Windfall, I left my job as an editor to write full-time. But if there were unlimited hours in a day, I probably would’ve continued to do both forever. Being an editor absolutely made me a better writer, and being a writer undoubtedly made me a better editor, and I’m still so grateful for all that I learned along the way. So I thought it might be helpful if I shared of few of those lessons with you....

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