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J.K. Rowling shares insights into her writing style – Wednesday January 31, 2018

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Jan. 31 (ANI): J.K. Rowling took out some time and took to Twitter to answer some of the questions asked by her followers.

There were questions about her writing style, her upcoming novels, her ideation process, and such.

She replied in her usual candid, tongue-in-cheek manner. Here are some of the excerpts.

When a user asked if she plans her story before she starts, she answered in affirmative.

She wrote, "I plan a lot. This particular novel's plan comprises a vast, complicated, colour-coded table showing all the suspects, with blue ink for clues and red ink for red herrings".

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New Literary Agency Listing – Tuesday January 30, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Business; Cookery; Historical; Science; Sociology
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Literary; Popular

Prefers queries by email. Include a proposal and sample chapter for nonfiction, or a synopsis and sample pages for fiction. See website for specific agent interests and contact details, and approach one agent only. No romance or science fiction. Response only if interested.

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What Amazon's Mysterious 50% Royalty 'Error' Says About Self-Publishing – Sunday January 28, 2018

Authors using Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon's  e-book publishing unit, were given a shock when they turned to their KDP dashboards on January 9: A "50%" royalty rate had appeared between the normal 35% and 70% on the dashboard. The new feature was unclickable, unexplained, and had quickly vanished by the next day. “This was an error and we apologize for any confusion. None of our royalty terms have changed,” an Amazon spokesperson informed me when I asked. Though nothing else has been confirmed, the self-publishing community has been swift to make their informed opinions known.

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SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed – Saturday January 27, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mystery Writers of America's Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country's premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference's guests of honor, agents, and editors.

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ICM Partners Acquires Lit Outfit The Sagalyn Agency, Opens D.C. Office – Friday January 26, 2018

ICM Partners has acquired The Sagalyn Agency, the Washington D.C.-based literary agency that reps leading journalists, historians, biographers, scientists, thought leaders and novelists. The deal comes four years after ICM and Raphael Sagalyn’s company formed an alliance that melded Sagalyn’s strong nonfiction author list and ICM’s roster dominated by fiction authors.

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Dear younger writer self, can I give you some advice? – Thursday January 25, 2018

Joan Brady on taking the scenic route to write her novel, missing her deadline to go from journalist to author by a mere 20 years.

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New Magazine Listing – Thursday January 25, 2018

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

Online poetry journal. Submit up to five poems of any length via online submission system.

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What’s involved in being a writer? A few observations – Wednesday January 24, 2018

I get questions from time to time about what it’s like to be a writer. So, here are a few of them, along with some I’ve asked myself, and the answers I’ve come up with.

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I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight jammie dodgers – Wednesday January 24, 2018

Louise Beech: Writing without a deal, agent or audience means you can be the most honest you’ll probably ever be

Adversity is a great place for inspiration. It lends a sort of desperation, a need to create and make something good when the world seems against us. It’s not a great place to permanently live, but without experiencing it for at least a good period of time we don’t grow, survive, or scream to be heard. During adversity, we write hungry. I mean this in a spiritual way, not literally, though it can help to be physically hungry too. I often reward writing a thousand words with a latte and eight Jammie Dodgers.

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New Literary Agency Listing – Tuesday January 23, 2018

Handles: Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Culture; Health; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Spiritual
Markets: Adult

Send single-page query by email with information about your proposed book, your publishing history, and any media or online platform you have developed. Response only if interested.

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