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Want to know the secret to writing a great crime novel?

irishtimes.com – Saturday July 8, 2017

Can You Keep a Secret? is the name of Karen Perry’s forthcoming novel. It is applicable to the content and action of the narrative of the novel but not to how it was written, or any other novel for that matter. Because there is no secret. No formula, no magic potion, and no short cut to what goes into the writing of a novel. And it doesn’t matter what genre we are talking about. It doesn’t matter whether the novel is a thriller, a mystery or a literary novel. Yes, that’s right, the literary novel is a genre, too. Each genre comes with its own codes and conventions, but that does not mean there is a formula.

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5 Apps That Will Help You Finish Writing Your Book

inc.com – Saturday July 8, 2017

Authors are not immune to procrastination, nor to distraction. To write a book requires dedication and a consistent writing schedule, but any author will tell you that the kind of focus needed to finish something as long as a book doesn't come naturally. It's a skill that they have developed over time through continued practice.

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Flipside launches green writing competition

ipswichstar.co.uk – Friday July 7, 2017

FlipSide, East Anglia’s leading literary and arts festival based at the Snape Maltings, has launched an enviromentally-themed competition aimed at writers of all ages.

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10 Writing Strategies Any Aspiring Author Can Use To Win Camp NaNoWriMo

bustle.com – Thursday July 6, 2017

Tackling NaNoWriMo, but feel as though you need all the help you can get? I've got 10 winning NaNoWriMo strategies that any writer can use to make it to their 50,000-word goal. Even if you've never even heard of NaNoWriMo until right at this moment, I've got you covered.

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When does a writer become a professional?

thebookseller.com – Wednesday July 5, 2017

At what point does a writer earn the right to declare they are A Writer without a self-deprecating smirk? When does a website of online fan fiction, run as a passion project, become part of The Publishing Industry? How many copies of your ebook do you have to sell before your mate, who sorted the cover, is A Bona Fide Book Designer?

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 5, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit up to five poems, or fiction or essays up to 7,000 words, by post or via online submission manager. For other material, send query by email to address on website. $2.50 submission fee. Accepts material September 1 to March 1, annually.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 4, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Fantasy; Sci-Fi
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

Specialises in the international and domestic representation of literary works in both fiction and nonfiction, including commercial fiction, literary, science fiction, fantasy, young adult and more. Send query by post or by email with a few sample chapters. Taking on very few authors as at July 2017. Check website for current situation.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday June 30, 2017

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Erotic; Historical; Horror; Romance; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Youth

Send query by email with contact info, synopsis, and first three chapters in the body of the email itself (no attachments). No plays, screenplays, picture books, middle grade, science fiction, paranormal, or nonfiction.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 29, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Politics; Short Stories; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Non-profit online magazine focused on the intersection of arts and politics. Prefers work with a diverse international outlook - or, if it's American, from an underrepresented or alternative perspective. No stories about American tourists in other countries. Submit fiction between 1,200 and 4,500 words; up to five poems of any length (translations welcome); news, reviews, Q&A, and commentary up to 2,500 words; or memoirs, essays, reportage, or interviews between 2,500 and 7,500 words. Submit via online form on website only.

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Meet the woman, 50, who earns a six figure income writing ROMANCE NOVELS while holding down a part time job (and it all started with a chat with the girls over wine)

dailymail.co.uk – Wednesday June 28, 2017

If you've ever dreamed of writing yourself into a love story or becoming a bestselling romantic author, now's the time to do so.

At least that's what New Zealand woman and USA Today's bestselling author Bronwen Evans, 50, believes.

The author, now part-time businesswoman and president of Romance Writers New Zealand spoke to Daily Mail Australia about her success, and how to get started.

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