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Should You Try Collaborative Writing?

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Stephen King and Peter Straub. What do the pairings have in common? Collaboration. Pratchett and Gaiman joined forces to write Good Omens. King and Straub joined forces to write The Talisman and its sequel Black House. All three of the books were bestsellers and were, by and large, critically well-received. […]

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Ruth Ozeki

What’s New in the Book World?

The big news is the announcement of the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. This year’s shortlist has generated more excitement than usual, due its diversity. For starters, all of the authors are of different nationalities, which is a first. Four of the nominees are women, demonstrating the growing respect for women’s contribution to literature. […]

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Featured Author: Dan Simmons – Cross-Genre Master

Dan Simmons has been a published novelist since 1985. His first novel, Song of Kali, went on to win the World Fantasy Award in 1986. It was the first of many, many awards. In his early years, Simmons was – fairly – compared to Stephen King. His novel Summer of Night (published in 1991), in […]

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Latest Releases: 11th September 2013

If you’re a bibliophile, and you probably are if you’ve found your way here, you probably can’t wait to find out about the latest books to hit the shelves. We’re going to help you out by looking at the latest releases from Amazon and Waterstones. Amazon Never Go Back – Lee Child If you’re a […]

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Featured Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Certainly not the Robert Rosenwald, Barbara Peters and Susan Malling family. Together, the father, mother, and daughter team created Poisoned Pen Press, which is dedicated to mystery novels of all kinds. Over the years, Rosenwald, Peters, and Jessica Tribble (who joined the team as a publisher) have earned a […]

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How to Create a Practical Writing Environment

Let’s be honest, the definition of a good writing environment differs according to the writer. Some people, like J.K. Rowling (apparently), can knock off a best-seller in a coffee shop. Others need more peace and quiet. There are certain elements, however, that are conducive to writing no matter what your preference. We’re going to take […]

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André Brink Interview – With Video

“There was a sense of exhilaration, a sense of adventure, a sense of enjoyment in everything that we did” – on his time in the Sestigers André Brink is one of the greatest South African writers of his generation. A key figure of the Sestigers, he helped revolutionise Afrikaans literature, but he is also equally […]

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Could You Be a Ghostwriter?

Every writer’s goal is to be published. It’s hard to beat the rush of emotion that comes with seeing your name on the cover of a book, or in the byline of an article. It makes all the months of hard work worth it. But what if someone else’s name was on the cover? Would […]

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How to Deal with Rejection Letters

The world of writing has a dark side that no one likes to talk about. It’s vicious and twisted and can do untold damage to sensitive (and even not so sensitive) souls. What’s worse is that there is no escaping it. If you want to be a professional writer you will have to overcome the […]

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14 Tips to Improve Your Writing

Do you want to write that award-winning novel, superb short story or poignant poem? Well, you can do just that with the help of these writing tips. 1. Write first, edit second Avoid the temptation to edit while you write as this will ruin your flow and stifle your creativity. You want your ideas to flow […]

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