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10 tips on how to get your first book published

harpersbazaar.com – Thursday May 13, 2021

Speaking at our inaugural literary salon, Ali Smith said, "A really good book, like a buoy in the ocean, will surface no matter how stormy the weather." Yet, for debut authors, it can seem like an impossible task to get your manuscript in front of the right person’s eyes. This is why we asked three publishing experts – Alexandra Pringle, group editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury whose portfolio of authors includes William Boyd, Esther Freud and Patti Smith; Karolina Sutton, literary agent at Curtis Brown who represents Margaret Atwood and Malala Yousafzai; and Bazaar’s former editor-in-chief, Justine Picardie – to share their wisdom on how to seal the deal and ensure your work rises above the competition.

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How I write: For crime writer Kathy Reichs there are three phases to her routine

stuff.co.nz – Wednesday May 12, 2021

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her thrillers. She continues the journey of Temperance Brennan in her latest novel, The Bone Code. Here she shares with The Dominion Post readers some of her thoughts on writing.

What's your writing routine?

My writing process unfolds in three phases. First comes the phase when my mind collects and stashes tidbits. Then I move to the paper phase, making lists, drawing charts, scribbling outlines. I ask myself, what if this, what if that. I consider plot twists, various endings. When all the imagining and weaving and juxtaposing are done, it’s on to the computer phase. Bum to the chair, eyes to the screen, fingers to the keyboard. I like to begin early in the morning, wrap up by mid-afternoon. Then I read or do more research.

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How to write a book

cambridgenetwork.co.uk – Monday May 3, 2021

Whenever I go anywhere, meet anyone, and introduce myself, a comment authors are pretty much guaranteed to hear is:

   - I've always wanted to write a book.

If that's you, and there's a book hiding inside you, longing to come out...

This is how to go about writing it. 

One word of warning first. 

What I'm not going to talk about are the ingredients of a book, the characters, settings, plot, research, all that.

This blog specifically focuses on how to motivate yourself to write a book, and ways to deal with some of the most common concerns. 

If these help, there are plenty of resources to help you do the actual writing. I'll mention a couple later. 

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The publishing industry has turned into modern-day book burners

nypost.com – Sunday May 2, 2021

Serious accusations have been made against Blake Bailey, the author of an acclaimed new biography of Philip Roth. Bailey has not been convicted of anything, or even criminally charged, yet the book’s publisher, W.W. Norton, announced it was withdrawing the book from print. That doesn’t make sense and it’s a terrible precedent.

Harvey Weinstein is a convicted rapist, but does that mean no one should ever be allowed to see “The English Patient,” “Clerks,” “Pulp Fiction” or “The King’s Speech” again? Roman Polanski does not deny he carried out a gruesome sex attack on a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Should we pull everything he’s ever done off the cultural shelf and throw it on the bonfire? We’d lose “Chinatown,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Tenant.” The French philosopher Michel Foucault, who died in 1984, raped thousands of boys as young as 8 in Tunisia in the 1960s, according to a shocking recent claim by writer Guy Sorman, who knew him then. Should all of Foucault’s books be taken off the shelves, or can we acknowledge that we are not endorsing a man’s character when we allow his books to exist?

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I dread writing any kind of romantic scene – or, even worse, anything remotely sexy

irishtimes.com – Saturday May 1, 2021

I literally dread having to write romantic scenes of any description. Of all the aspects of writing a book, for me, it is without a doubt the hardest thing I have to do. I’m not talking about the more extreme, bodice-ripping, “leave little to the imagination” type of scene – I could never even attempt that. I’m talking about a more pedestrian, everyday sort of romance.

But it doesn’t matter, I still dread writing any kind of romantic scene and even worse, if there is anything remotely sexy going on it’s absolutely mortifying!

As I sit and type, casting characters in some sort of embrace, or state of undress, I cringe inwardly as my fingers hit the keyboard, imagining people I know turning the pages and wondering if by any chance I’m describing myself or one of my previous misadventures. I will put off the inevitable for as long as physically possible, skipping over any romantic parts and leaving large gaps in the text, deferring the writing of those scenes until a later date, hoping that somehow, magically, I will be better able to rattle off those scenes without duress.

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The 21 top tips for becoming a bestselling author

theage.com.au – Thursday April 29, 2021

Gone are the days when international fiction and non-fiction dominated our bestseller lists. As Australian authors such as Jane Harper, Liane Moriarty, Trent Dalton, Craig Silvey, Kate Grenville, Richard Flanagan, Tara June Winch and many more clock up sales, international recognition and screen deals, it’s no surprise that thousands of would-be writers are tapping away on their laptops.

There is no one-size-fits-all route to publication. Publishers choose authors based on a whole range of practical and subjective criteria, although the quality of the work is understandably crucial.

But aspiring authors can increase their chances of finding a publisher. Here are some insider tips; some dos and don’ts that can help smooth the way.

Being prepared is as important as being creative. There can be a lot to do even before you start writing. Above all, take your time so you produce your best work possible before you look for an agent or publisher. Paraphrasing Alexander Hamilton, don’t throw away your shot.

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Four Authors On How Working In Publishing Impacted Their Writing And Path To Publication

forbes.com – Sunday April 25, 2021

For those who work in book publishing who are also authors, their dual roles can be helpful when it comes to the editing and publishing process—but it doesn’t guarantee them an easy path to publication. I interviewed four authors with 2021 releases, Sean Desmond, author of literary fiction novel Sophomores (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), Loan Le, author of young adult novel A Pho Love Story (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), Stephanie Hansen, author of young adult science fiction novel Replaced Parts (Fire & Ice Young Adult Books), and Anne Tibbets, author of science fiction novel Screams from the Void (Flame Tree Press). Each shared how their roles as publisher (Desmond), editor (Le) and agent (Hansen and Tibbets), respectively, play a part in their writing, as well as how being an author helps them in their roles in the publishing world.

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Women at Work: Writing Fiction for Young Readers Finding Their Way

verilymag.com – Wednesday April 21, 2021

For as long as she can remember, Verily contributor Claire Swinarski knew the answer to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A fiction writer. Specifically, a children’s fiction writer. The path to becoming one, however, was anything but straight. Swinarski’s first novel for middle-grade readers, What Happens Next, was published last May, and her second novel, The Kate In Between, comes out next month. I spoke with Swinarski about her new novel, her writing process, and the fiction that inspires her.

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So you want to be a writer? These are the 10 steps to make it happen

irishexaminer.com – Tuesday April 20, 2021

Apparently we all have a book in us. In advance of their appearances at Cork World Book Fest, fiction writer Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and literary agent Simon Trewin explain how you can go from idea to actual publication.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is a bestselling crime fiction author, writing under the pen-name Sam Blake, and also founder of writing.ie, the Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and crime writing festival Murder One. On Saturday, April 24, she will facilitate three panels on how to get published at the Cork World Book Fest. Participating on the ‘First Page Pitch’ panel is Simon Trewin, a long-established literary agent based in London. Here they give ten of their top tips to aspiring writers.

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10 free online writing courses for getting real good at words

mashable.com – Sunday April 18, 2021

Writing is a much-prized skill and a difficult one to master and, while some are naturally gifted in stringing sentences together, we all need to take the time to learn the craft. 

Whether you want to write your first novel, pen a poignant poem, pull together a screenplay, or create better business content, there is a free, online course out there to help. We've rounded up a list of free, online writing courses so you can find the perfect program of study to help you write gooderer. 

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