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April 2006 - Writers Magazine

News Review

  • Are they 'killing literature' in Australia, or is this just another instance of the effects of globalisation? News Review investigates.
  • UK book sales grow by 8%, with a boom in children's sales, and the supermarkets' and online share of the total soaring. News Review looks at the latest Books and the Consumer study.
  • 'The focus at the world’s biggest children’s book fair has shifted from co-editions to fiction and film deals, with film scouts much in evidence.'  News Review on Bologna
  • ‘The heart says Olympia, the head says ExCel.’ The Bookseller.  News Review looks at book fairs in general and the debate surrounding the new Docklands venue for the London Book Fair.
  • 'Many writers may not realise how very profoundly print on demand technology is changing the publishing world... As it gets harder to find a publisher, more and more authors are deciding to try publishing their own work. News Review looks at POD and self-publishing.


  • 'Writing is a discipline, much like playing a musical instrument; it requires constant practice and honing of skills.  For this reason, I write seven days a week.'  Dan Brown, in the Bookseller
  • 'What constitutes a snippet? We might begin by stipulating that no snippet shall be as large as a full witticism.'  Roy Blount Jr, humorist, the new president of the Authors Guild of America, on how to handle Google.
  • 'People everywhere love stories and want to hear about hopes, dreams, disappointments, misunderstandings, rewards, loss - the human lot. '     Maeve Binchy on why she is part of Quick Reads, in The Times
  • 'Books have to be a product infused with permanency. We've got to get back to the experiential side, where it's not the throwaway supermarket item you don't really care about but something you have a deep connection to.'  Rick Vanzura of Borders in Publishing News

Writers' Quote

  • ‘The blog is certainly another tool for writers out there to break their way in.  But being a blogger does not make you a great writer.'
    Julie Powell, who has just won the Blooker

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Inspired Creative Writing serial

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'Look at things you wouldn’t normally look at and see them in a new light...  It may be a cliché, but there is a story behind everything. Your job as a writer is to look for the detail that brings that story to light. '

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Free Verse

Why have so few new Black and Asian poets been published in the UK in the past 10 years and why is poetry publishing so far behind the amazingly diverse world of fiction? A new report investigates.

What poets can do to develop their writing

Helpful advice for all poets from the Free Verse report.

Masterclasses at the London Book Fair

Writing for children



Bob's Journal goes into its 5th volume

Bob on the use of parentheses, those convenient but tricky things:

'Discover in passing that one use of parenthesis is similar to a way in which teenage girls use ‘like’...'

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Writers' Forum Column

John Jenkins on the Orange Prize longlist, whether crime or romance sells best and the centenary of one our of our best-loved poets laureates, John Betjeman:

'As a poet he never took himself too seriously but his satire had the sharpness of Swift. The dagger was concealed beneath calculated fogeyish charm.'

The Editor's View, written by the Editor of Writers' Forum magazine.

Our last survey results

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Looks at your book-buying habits

Review of Writing fantasy and science fiction

Our reviewer said: 'an excellent guide for anyone interested in writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy. Lisa Tuttle knows the genres and the industry incredibly well and draws on her own wealth of experience to provide exactly the right kind of information and advice for the budding writer.'

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