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Find The Music In The Valleys

Guest post by Mark Cunningham Music is one of those things that writers have to decide.  It’s kind of like Beatles or Stones.  I am a music guy, that’s all there is to it.  For the record I am listening … Continue reading

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What Is Cyberpunk?

Guest post by Alex Adsett Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science and is generally a style of writing and way of telling a story that is heavily influenced by the noir detective fiction of the forties. More than this, it … Continue reading

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Blogging for Art or Profit

Why don’t more writers’ festivals do in-session food? Philip Thiel handed out slices of pork terrine before his session at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and they were DELICIOUS – not least because I’d skipped lunch to talk to interesting new … Continue reading

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Winner, ‘Earth’ Challenge, and More..

Congratulations to Robin Rhyner, winner of the ‘earth’ challenge with the reflective mystery of Tracery. Robin wins a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers : How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King. Many thanks to all … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 3: We’ve Never Had It So Good

Relax. The mega-conglomerates are taking over publishing and that is a good thing. Emmett Stinson, author, poet, academic and president of SPUNC, Australia’s only advocacy group for small presses, says digital convergence in publishing is taking us to a brighter … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 2: Trends v Heart

Vampires, vampires and… more vampires. That’s a trend. Surprised? Catherine McCredie, a senior editor in the Books for Children and Young Adults department at Penguin Books, says she has lost track of the number of vampire books on the publisher’s … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 1: A Short, Sharp Future?

Here’s an interesting publishing trend – shorter books. Maybe. Editor David Winter says Text Publishing is doing a lot of short books at the moment. It’s not a deliberate strategy, he hastens to add. But his musing about the opportunities … Continue reading

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Teens Don’t Like Vampires – Just Ask Cassandra Clare

Guest post by Vanessa Monaghan In 2004, Harry Potter still ruled the world of young adult fiction and publishing houses were cashing in. From Eragon to Inkheart, teens were devouring books about magic and not much else. In New York … Continue reading

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The Structure of a Novel

In the very short time I have been festival-stalking authors and inflicting my newby questions on those nice enough to not run away, I have absorbed two very clear and consistent pieces of advice: If you want to write, just get … Continue reading

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Let’s Write About Sex

There isn’t a ‘throbbing member’ or ‘honey cave of love’ to be seen. But they are definitely on my mind during the ‘Writing Sizzling Sex Scenes’ workshop at Swancon 36/Natcon 50. And not just mine. I haven’t written a story yet that requires … Continue reading

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