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Inpress seeks to reassure poetry publishers on PBS – Friday June 3, 2016

Inpress has insisted the services offered by the Poetry Book Society are "very much alive" following the corporate entity's move into liquidation, and that Inpress will be "powering up rather than winding down its activities".

Yesterday (3rd June) PBS announced it had gone into liquidation, and that its book club and the prestigious T S Eliot Prize would be transferred to Inpress and the T S Eliot Foundation respectively.

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Tips to Writing a Book You’ll Love – Friday June 3, 2016

Part of being an author is having trouble writing. No matter how great the story, even well-polished writers inevitably get stuck, frustrated, or lost somewhere along the way.

Before I started working on Tale of Tala, my most recent novel, set to be released later this year, inspired by a girl who leaves home to join ISIS with her husband, I spent a considerable amount of time researching some techniques to help facilitate my writing process. But many suggestions, such as “remember to live,” seemed a little too vague for practical use.

With every book I write I seem to pick up a few techniques that make everything a little easier the next time around. Below are some of the best practical writing tips I’ve acquired for writers like me who occasionally need a push in the right direction.

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How to Make Money Writing Kindle Erotica – Friday June 3, 2016

From dinosaur love to pregnancy fetishes, self-published erotica authors are basically only limited by their imaginations (and Amazon). But the profession isn't as fun—or lucrative—as many make it out to be.

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Literary Agents Database upgraded – Friday June 3, 2016

Following the upgrades to the Magazines Database and Publishers Database in April and May, this month the Literary Agents database has now also been upgraded.

The new-look Literary Agents Database features the same enhancements to the search, navigation, and listings as was introduced for the Magazines and Publishers Databases, making finding the right literary agent for your work easier than ever.

For full details of all the new features, see the news item on the launch of the Magazines Database at

To try out the new database yourself (anyone can try it out – you don't need to be a subscriber), go to

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If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It – Thursday June 2, 2016

A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first “met” this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I’ve received many times over, albeit from other writers.

I’ve even sent that same email myself, years before I published my first book.

The letter goes something like this:

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Writing a series? Here’s a series of things to think about – Thursday June 2, 2016

The concept of serialised fiction is not a recent one. A significant number of nineteenth-century novelists (Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas among them) were published for the first time in serial form, some even reacting to readers’ responses while they continued to write.

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How to Start a Blog: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need – Thursday June 2, 2016

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

Everyone wants to feel and achieve success and happiness in their lives.

You’re here because you’re considering starting a blog.

Forget what you’ve heard about making a blog. Creating your own is very simple and rather quick when you know what you’re doing.

This step-by-step guide below will show you EXACTLY how to get started, so that you can have your blog up and running within minutes.

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New Magazine Listing – Thursday June 2, 2016

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Online literary magazine. Publishes anything from poetry to artwork, flash fiction to graphic story, life writing to photography, plus reviews and articles. Send submissions by email. See website for full guidelines, and for current issue theme.

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Why Do Magazines and Book Publishers Rip Off Ideas? (Because They Can.) – Wednesday June 1, 2016

There’s nothing new under the sun. This old saw is one of the first things you learn on the job if you’re a writer, artist, or other drudge who tries to earn a living making things up.

I can still remember my astonishment when, a few years after my first book for kids was published by Henry Holt in 1994, an almost ridiculously similar children’s title (though in pop-up form) came out from Little Simon.

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First-time author bags $1 million deal to write true story about his adopted dog and its fatal tumour – Wednesday June 1, 2016

A first-time author has landed a $1million (£691,371) book deal for his true story about Lily, an adopted dachshund who died of cancer.

Steven Rowley's book Lily and the Octopus was written in just one hundred days, and it was acquired by Simon and Schuster after 48 hours of negotiation.

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