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This is a clever app for creative writing: You don’t get to see what you’ve just written – Friday October 30, 2015

There are plenty of minimalist, ‘distraction-free’ writing apps out there, butIlys is by far the most distraction-free I’ve ever seen.

As the annual National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) approaches, you might be looking for a tool to help you build up a longform piece of work. Ilys helps you get on with writing thanks to a simple twist: you don’t get to see what you’ve just written.

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Literary agencies host online 'Discovery Day' – Tuesday October 27, 2015

Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are to host a Twitter based event dedicated to "de-mystifying" the publishing process for prospective authors, called Discovery Day Online.

Following the literary agencies’ Discovery Days in 2012 and 2013, held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, Discovery Day Online offers writers the opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author.

The event this year will take place on 26th November.

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Writers' News widget for websites launched – Monday October 26, 2015 has just released a new widget for website owners, which allows them to display the latest headlines related to writing and publishing for free on their websites. gathers together stories from all over the internet, including renowned sources like The Washington PostThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, the BBC, and many more, and then allows website owners to redistribute this content in a variety of flexible formats.

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Dawn French on writing sex scenes and her new career as a novelist – Thursday October 22, 2015

Dawn French says it was difficult to write the sex scenes for her “saucy” new novel — because she struggled to get excruciating language out of her head.

The Vicar Of Dibley star’s comedy romp, According To Yes, is about an English nanny and her adventures in New York. In an interview with the Evening Standard, French said words “like throb, or pant, or pulse kept popping into my mind and you think, ‘Ooh no that’s a bit Barbara Cartland.’ ” 

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New edition of Budding Bestseller guide launched – Thursday October 22, 2015

Infinity Junction has moved, and also introduced the new 2016 edition of its praised Budding Bestseller guide (originally the book Budding Author). To attract people to their new home server and latest website,, Infinity Junction is offering, for a limited period, free copies in digital form of Budding Bestseller.

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Writers share #WhyIWrite on Twitter for National Day on Writing – Wednesday October 21, 2015

Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel, and in observance of the celebration, Twitter wants to know: Why do writers write?

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New digital platform for short stories, poetry, and essays – Wednesday October 21, 2015

Comma Press is an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short fiction, and has just launched a digital platform for short stories, poetry and essays in text and audio form. The new platform is called MacGuffin. Anyone can publish work on it, so long as they upload a reading along with their text. 

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Franklin: 'toxic competition' in large publishers – Friday October 16, 2015

The atmosphere in some large publishing houses is "toxic" as imprints are forced to compete against each other for big titles, Profile Books' owner Andrew Franklin has said.

Speaking yesterday (15th October) about the merits of being an independent publisher in the "CEO Talk" at Frankfurt Book Fair, along with Marcos Pereira, founder and c.e.o of Editora Sextante, Franklin said camaraderie in smaller houses could be better than larger ones.

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PFD launches digital publishing spin-off Ipso Books – Thursday October 15, 2015

Literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) has launched a spin-off digital publishing business, Ipso Books, to publish both backlist and frontlist writers. The move follows similar ventures by other agencies: Ed Victor Ltd launched Bedford Square Books in 2011, and Curtis Brown set up Studio 28 last year.

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Writing competition to promote legacy of Cromarty geologist Hugh Miller – Monday October 12, 2015

A new writing competition has been launched to promote the legacy of the renowned Black Isle geologist and writer Hugh Miller.

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