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24 June 2013 - What's new

24 June 2013
  • Suzanne Ruthven of Compass BooksAn Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books for writers kicks off our new series of Talking to Publishers with an article about their books for writers: 'It would be a great mistake to think that writers' how-to books were only written for beginners - there are times when even more experienced writers also need a bit of helpful advice, especially if thinking about changing direction, or exploring a completely different genre...'
  • 'Short stories seem to be in demand as never before. The web has given new impetus to this literary form and many writers have embraced it eagerly, as it's undoubtedly easier to write a short story than a novel. That's where a lot of writers start...' News Review looks at what's happening with the short story.
  • Our links of the week are: Philip Pullman: 'Pay us for library e-books or writing will not be 'commercially viable', and Author of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey earns £12.6m in just six months - but still lives in a £350,000 terrace house.
  • 'I've enjoyed my work self-publishing, and I will never rule out the possibility of self-publishing something again in the future, but right now, I'd rather focus on my writing instead of stressing about formatting and pricing and book covers and finding editors.' Amanda Hocking, who has just sold a new series to St Martins' Press, in Bookbrunch, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Tips for writers is our eight-part series giving you a quick breakdown on how to Improve your writing, Learn on the job and right through to Submission to publishers and agents.
  • ‘Writing a book I have found to be like building a house. A man forms a plan, and collects materials. He thinks he has enough to raise a large and stately edifice; but after he has arranged, compacted and polished, his work turns out to be a very small performance.' James Boswell in our Writers' Quotes.