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1 July 2013 - What's new

1 July 2013
  • Our new review of Writing: A User's Manual by David Hewson concludes that:'The great strength of Hewson's guide lies in the detailed focus on the actual process of putting together a novel, the decisions that need to be made, the best way to approach the task and so on.'
  • News Review this week deals with China: 'A recent Publishing Perspectives story throws light on the burgeoning market for writers' work in China. The founder, Luo Li, has recently left the country's largest online literature site Quidian, charged with stealing copyrights that belonged to Quidian's parent company, Shanda Literature.'
  • We've added this comment from Garth Gunston to our Endorsements page: 'The bottom line is to say thank you for the help you have given which to my eye seems to have been highly professional from small things such as meeting the target dates you set to the evident attention to detail. I have been bombarded with stories of companies offering to assist writers with 'come on promises' to generate more business so to feel I am dealing with a genuine professional and respected group is both a relief and a pleasure.'
  • 'As a writer you become obsessive, wedded to the position you place your notebook in in relation to the laptop. But you don't realise your body is awfully contorted. (Writing on the computer) is so much more painful than writing with a fountain pen ever was.' Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, in the Sunday Times, quoted in our Comment column.
  • This week's Writing Opportunity is the new Etisalat Prize for Literature, open to writers of African citizenship and to be submitted by their publishers. The Prize is £15,000.
  • ‘Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.'‘Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.' James Saroyan in our Writers' Quotes.