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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Archaeology; Culture; Historical; Literature; Media; Military; Music; Nature; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Academic publisher publishing scholarly monographs and general interest books about Louisiana and the South. Approach by post only. Send query with CV and proposal for nonfiction; one-page summary and brief sample for fiction; and 4-5 sample pages for poetry. See website for full details.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 12, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Dark

Publishes horror and dark fantasy stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. No graphic, violent horror. Send submissions by email as .doc or .rtf attachment. See website for full guidelines.

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Ian McMillan: Why the key to good writing is avoiding the Truth

yorkshirepost.co.uk – Sunday September 11, 2016

In my writing, I try to avoid the truth. No, that’s not quite right. What I mean is that in my writing I try to avoid Truth, and that’s slightly different. As well as avoiding Truth I do my best to steer clear of Fear, Hate, Desire and Love. The clue, of course, is in the capital letters: I’m talking about abstract nouns here. The great poet Ezra Pound said “Go in fear of abstractions” and he was right.

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A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

theguardian.com – Saturday September 10, 2016

Robert McKee has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?

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6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

mashable.com – Thursday September 8, 2016

How do you write a great novel? As an executive editor for a major publisher in New York City, I think about this question every day as I work with my authors to develop and refine their books. (And I’ve just written a book myself — The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults — that delves deeply into the answers.) In brief, these six “Ps” should help you write a novel that satisfies and excites both you and readers:

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Off Assignment, Literary Magazine of Travel Writing, Launches Online

prweb.com – Tuesday September 6, 2016

Off Assignment, a magazine of literary travel writing, recently launched the first of its online content, answering the demand for authors to enhance their published work with compelling experiences and details left unsaid. Forged by today’s top journalists, essayists, and travel writers, Off Assignment is a publication dedicated to candid storytelling. The magazine, which grew out of a grassroots series of live storytelling events featuring writers such as Gay Talese and Sloane Crosley, now publishes a weekly series called “Letter to a Stranger,” short essays about memorable strangers from past journeys. In its first weeks, the series has featured contributors such as New York Times bestselling authors Leslie Jamison and Lauren Groff, as well as memoirist Howard Axelrod and National Book Award winner Julia Glass.

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5 Tips When Writing Fiction For Women’s Weeklies

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Tuesday September 6, 2016

Ah, the People’s FriendWoman’s Weekly and My Weekly. You probably remember your mother reading them, and maybe your grandmother. They’ve all been on the newsstands for more than 100 years - the People’s Friend for nearly a century and a half - and because they’ve been around so long you may have preconceived ideas about the sort of short stories they publish.

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From Zero to Hero: the next generation of passionate publishers

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 6, 2016

So it's back to school this week, and as relieved parents return to their desks, there will undoubtedly be some speculation about whether the complex summer holiday juggling might be made just a bit easier by running your own business. While flexibility might be one reason often cited for setting up a new business on your own, there are clearly many more complex motivations for making the leap. Some of the most exciting new publishing ventures to launch in recent years have had very varied motivations for getting started, but there are certainly some themes emerging across this next generation of publishers.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 6, 2016

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

Quarterly online publication of new poetry, fiction, essays, and art. Submit 3-5 poems or one short story or one essay up to 5,000 words, between September and April only. Submissions accepted by post with SASE, but encourages submissions through online submission system via website.

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Writing Interactive Fiction With Twine

geekdad.com – Sunday September 4, 2016

“Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to step inside it?” So begins Writing Interactive Fiction With Twine by Melissa Ford. It’s the only book you’ll need to tell your story with Twine, an interactive fiction computer game. Think Choose Your Own Adventure book, but, with the magic of technology, it can become much, much more. I stumbled across Twine about a year ago, found the concept intriguing and downloaded the software. I made one simple game, but I wasn’t confident in my abilities to program and never went farther. I figured I’d just play around with it someday and learn, but I never did. That’s why I was so excited about Ford’s book; hopefully, it would be my guide to what I knew was a great way to tell all the stories I have. And that’s exactly what I found it to be.

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