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The simple truth behind suspenseful writing

bostonglobe.com – Tuesday March 8, 2016

With simple words, suspenseful stories thrill and chill us.

In Stephen King's The Shining, there's a heart-pounding moment when young Danny once again finds himself standing outside Room 217 of the Overlook Hotel.

Despite being warned not to enter, he puts a key into the lock. He turns the knob.

It's enough to make my palms sweat.

Good suspenseful stories elicit strong emotions, even when we know what happens next. Now, a team of academics at Stanford University has identified what prompts those feelings. Surprisingly, it often comes down to the use of simple words and sentence patterns. So simple, in fact, that the team trained a computer program to accurately predict when a written passage will be suspenseful.

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One-handed typing improves prose, research suggests

alphr.com – Tuesday March 8, 2016

Nothing highlights someone unused to hammering away at a computer keyboard more than the use of a single digit, hunting down each character slowly and deliberately. But while you may finish your emails first, they’ll have the last laugh. It turns out this is very much like the tortoise and the hare: slow and steady wins the race – at least in terms of quality.

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Write For Us: Your Story Matters

goodmenproject.com – Sunday March 6, 2016

Your story matters. Whether you think your life has been a total drag or you think no one will care. You have something to share with the world. We’d like it in writing, please.

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Editor, Lifestyle Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday March 5, 2016

Chronicle Books seeks an experienced acquisitions Editor to join our Lifestyle group – an editor brimming with creative ideas, strong publishing relationships, and a clear vision for what makes our publishing irresistible.

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Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2016

publishersweekly.com – Saturday March 5, 2016

Though this year’s list of fast-growing independent houses counts only seven publishers, entrepreneurs looking to crack into publishing should not be too discouraged. The two fastest-growing publishers on the list are relatively new, proving that even in an era when publishing models are in flux, people with good ideas and the ability to execute them can make a mark on the industry.

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Prue Leith: Women writers are underrated by publishers, says author

independent.co.uk – Friday March 4, 2016

The restaurateur-turned-novelist Prue Leith has hit out at the publishing industry for “underrating women’s writing” Love stories by female authors were not taken as seriously as those written by men, she said.

Leith told the audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival: “I don’t want to sound carping and over-feminist but I do think there is something in publishing which underrates women’s writing.”

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Publishing's future lies in diverse audiences, Chi tells IPG

thebookseller.com – Wednesday March 2, 2016

Publishers need to do a “much better job of catering to underrepresented groups” as they have a responsibility to “represent the experiences of their broad readership”, Elsevier chairman Youngsuk Chi has told the IPG Conference.

Giving the first keynote speech at the Independent Publishers Guild’s Spring Conference today (2nd March), Chi told delegates that discussions about the future of publishing tend to focus on the publisher and the “digital revolution” of the industry but should instead “focus on the reader”.

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Samhain Publishing to Shut Down Operations

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 27, 2016

In an email sent to authors Friday, Christina Brashear, publisher of Samhain Publishing, a mostly digital romance publisher, said the publisher will begin to shut down its publishing operations due to a steady decline in e-book sales.

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Simon and Schuster Launches Muslim Imprint for Children's Books

publishersweekly.com – Friday February 26, 2016

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Salaam Reads, the first imprint at a major publisher focused on Muslim characters and stories. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for readers of all ages, including picture books, as well as middle grade and YA titles.

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'We need small presses': author launches new award to support fiction from small publishers

theguardian.com – Monday February 22, 2016

The award-winning novelist Neil Griffiths is launching a new literary prize celebrating the “small presses producing brilliant and brave literary fiction” in the UK and Ireland – and is preparing to “guilt trip” some of the country’s bestselling writers into supporting it.

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