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How to Not Waste Your Words: The Secret to Writing a Crappy but Usable First Draft

observer.com – Saturday January 14, 2017

Okay. Let’s get this out there: your first draft of anything is going to be bad — I mean, really bad. Because that’s the job of a first draft. To be bad. And your job is to write it.

Once you write the terrible first draft, you can write a better second one, and an elegant third one, and so one. But you must start somewhere. As writer Anne Lamott says, “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.”

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Is 2017 Your Year To Write And Publish A Book?

forbes.com – Thursday January 12, 2017

Should you write a book this year?  Do you have an idea that you’re convinced the world needs to read about? Consider the strange experience of Mr. Franz Kafka.

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Crowdfunded small-press prize announces inaugural shortlist

theguardian.com – Thursday January 12, 2017

A prize designed to reward “brave, bold and brilliant” literature from small presses that raised its purse from crowdfunding has announced its inaugural shortlist of eight titles.

The Republic of Consciousness prize was set up by award-winning novelist Neil Griffiths with a personal donation of £2,000. Open to imprints based in the UK, Commonwealth and Ireland, short-form and long-form fiction is eligible for the award, which splits the prize money between the winning authors and their publishers.

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The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Names Maria A. Pallante as President and CEO

businesswire.com – Thursday January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that the former United States Register of Copyrights, Maria A. Pallante, will succeed Tom Allen who is retiring as President and CEO. Pallante, who will join AAP on January 17, 2017, is widely-known as an intellectual property expert with a distinguished record of public service.

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You Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go Broke

slate.com – Wednesday January 11, 2017

In 2012, a month after the publication of her memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed was on a book tour, soaking up the wonder of her first big success as an author, when her husband texted her to say that their rent check had bounced. “We couldn’t complain to anyone,” Strayed told Manjula Martin, editor of the new anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living: “My book is on the New York Times best-seller list right now and we do not have any money in our checking account.”

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday January 11, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Literature; Media; Short Stories; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Professional; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

An independent international quarterly publication, based in New York and Lisbon. Founded in 2015, the magazine's aim is to publish quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and photography, as well as interviews, articles, and book reviews, written in English and Portuguese. Most of our content comes from unsolicited submissions. 

We publish print, digital, and online editions of our magazine four times a year, in Fall (September), Winter (December), Spring (March), and Summer (June). The online edition is updated continuously. There are no charges for reading the magazine online.

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5 ways to proofread your writing

poynter.org – Tuesday January 10, 2017

Mistakes can lurk in your writing, whether it's a story, article, blurb, e-book, caption, tweet, menu, flier, Facebook status, blog post, script, advertisement, graphic novel, comic, brochure, editorial, email, manifesto, letter, birthday card, bumper sticker, wedding invitation, classified ad or graffiti.

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What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers

irishtimes.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017

This time last year Sarah Davis-Goff of Irish publisher Tramp Press wrote an Irish Times article predicting success for independent publishers in 2016. She was right. Oneworld had a second Man Booker Prize winner in a row with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following their 2015 success, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Two-man publisher Contraband had a Man Booker shortlisted bestseller in Graham Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project while Salt’s Belfast author Paul McVeigh won the Polari Prize for The Good Son. Independent publishing now has a reputation for being at the forefront of scouting out new literary talent.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 10, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes fiction of any genre for Middle Grade and Young Adult audiences. Accepts submissions from Canadian writers only, but seeks to appeal to a worldwide market. No adult fiction, holiday stories, graphic novels, poetry, short stories, illustrations, picture books, nonfiction, erotica, or previously published work (including self-published material). Send query with CV, one-page synopsis, and first three chapters by email. See website for full guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 9, 2017

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

Literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems or prose up to 5,000 words between August 1 and November 1 annually, via online submission system. No postal submissions. $250 awarded to one piece selected from each category.

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