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Lit Agent Mike Esola Exits WME

deadline.com – Saturday October 31, 2015

Longtime WME lit agent Mike Esola has left the agency. Word is that Esola and the agency came to a parting of the ways over a number of issues, including wanting to become a partner right away. 

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Mitch Hoffman to Join Aaron Priest Agency

publishersweekly.com – Friday October 30, 2015

Mitch Hoffman, current v-p and executive editor at Grand Central Publishing, is joining the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency as a senior agent. He will start his new position on November 30.

Hoffman has edited and published over 200 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His list of authors has included Jeff Abbott, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Jeffery Deaver, Raymond Khoury, Brad Meltzer, Tom Rob Smith and Don Winslow.

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Turns Out Writing Gay Romance Is More Complicated Than Just Plagiarizing Straight Romances

jezebel.com – Friday October 30, 2015

Stephenie Meyer recently demonstrated that taking one of your old novels and “rewriting” it as a gender-bent retelling can be a lucrative way to appeal to one’s fans. But what if the story that you’re writing up isn’t yours to begin with? A romance novelist specializing in gay fiction has just been uncovered as a plagiarist due to her interesting practice of taking others’ work, switching the gender of one main character and calling it her own. Her response? She “made a mistake.”

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This is a clever app for creative writing: You don’t get to see what you’ve just written

thenextweb.com – 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'

thebookseller.com – 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

firstwriter.com – Monday October 26, 2015

firstwriter.com 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.

firstwriter.com 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

standard.co.uk – 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

firstwriter.com – 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, www.infinityjunction.com, 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

ew.com – 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

firstwriter.com – 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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