Friday Fun Links: News in Publishing and Writing


News in Publishing & Writing You Might Have Missed This Week

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents
No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary agents. Check out this feedback from experienced literary agents on what they hate to see the first pages of a writer’s submission. Avoid these problems and tighten your submission!
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Do You Have an Editor-Repelling Email Address?
Public Service Announcement: Your email address is often the first thing an editor or an interview source sees from you, and that first impression of you gets seared into their brains.
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Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents?
Once your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. Here are a few tips on how to start the process.
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21 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing: Must Read Advice for Writers at All Levels
Robin Black offers her thoughts on writing in the hope of sparing others some of the bumps and bad moments she’s experienced over the past thirteen years.
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Inside Junot Diaz’s Class at MIT: What the Writer Wants His Students to Read
After Díaz wrote an essay criticizing the lack of diversity in MFA programs for the New Yorker, Salon got a look at his class syllabus. See what he wants his students to read and learn from.
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9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading
In addition to Diaz’s syllabus, here are 9 authors Claire Fallon, from the Huffington Post, thinks we should be reading and supporting.
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Notes On The (Non-) Death of the Book
We hear it all the time–Is the book really dying? Already dead? David Ulin says if serious novels are still being written and read, then it’s tough to say that the literary novel is dying.
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Who Says Poets Can’t Make Money from Time to Time? 
Nathaniel Mackey wins $100,000 Ruth Lily Poetry Prize.
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The O. Henry Prize & Anthology Announces 2014 Winners
Check out the list of winners, which includes National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich, relative newcomer Chinelo Okparanta, and 85-year-old William Trevor.
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Barnes & Noble’s Last-Ditch Effort to Save Itself
We always talk about independent bookstores struggling, but check out this article on how Barnes & Nobles is trying its best to stay alive.
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