What Writers Should Do During The ‘Dead Month’

August is known as the dead month in publishing.

August is affectionately known as the ‘dead month’ in the publishing industry. During August all work comes to a virtual halt as editors, agents, proofreaders, typesetters, CEOs, dog walkers and everyone else on the planet takes a much-needed vacation. So, all you aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries

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2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist for 2016 has been announced. Thirteen novels have made the list in total. Six are by women and seven by men, with five American writers, six British, one Canadian and one South African. The list includes writers such as Coetzee, who is the first person to win the

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Elizabeth Reapy on Writing Her Debut Novel

Elizabeth Reapy (E.M. Reapy) is an Irish writer and the author of Red Dirt.

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy is an Irish writer and tutor. Her debut novel Red Dirt was published in June 2016. Tell us a little about yourself Elizabeth? I qualified as a secondary school teacher after doing a BA in English Lit and History but left teaching to do a Masters in Creative Writing. After this, I

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Book Review: Red Dirt

Red Dirt is a debut novel by Irish author Elizabeth Reapy.

Title: Red Dirt Author: E.M. Reapy Publisher: Head of Zeus Release Date: June 2, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 255 Synopsis: Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast

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WA Premier’s Book Awards Shortlist 2016

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards finalists have been announced by the WA Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day. The awards were inaugurated by the Western Australian Government in 1982 to honour and celebrate the literary achievements of Western Australian writers. Until 1990 they were called the WA Week Literary Awards. They are

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Lisa McInerney Wins Baileys Prize for Debut Novel

Lisa McInerney is the winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Lisa McInerney – Photo courtesy of Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Irish author Lisa McInerney has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, in London. McInerney was born in Ireland in 1981 and began her career

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Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist 2016

The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2016.

The shortlist for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced at The Australian Booksellers Association Conference at The QT Hotel in Canberra, Australia. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize and is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit. This year women and

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Great Books Require Great Book Editors

Do you need an affordable editor to edit your manuscript?

Do you need to hire a book editor to edit your manuscript? Our book editors can assist you with your manuscript to ensure it is polished and ready to be published. We specialise in book editing unlike other editing companies that do everything from academic editing to proofreading documents for businesses, corporations and government departments.

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Best First Novel Award Shortlist 2016

Best New Novel Award

The Authors’ Club has announced the six novels which have been shortlisted for the 2016 Best First Novel Award. The prize is for the debut novel of a British, Irish or UK-based author, first published in the UK, and there is no age limit. This is the 62nd year of the prize. Best First Novel

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Short Story Award Longlist

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award.

The Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award has announced its longlist of short story writers for 2016. The award is dedicated to one of Wexford’s most accomplished and beloved writers – Colm Tóibín. Colm Tóibín who is a native of Wexford and internationally recognised author said, I am delighted that my home county has named

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel.

The Man Booker International Prize has announced its shortlist of six books in contention for the 2016 Prize which celebrates the finest fiction. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The 2016 Man Booker International Shortlist A

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

This year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced on April 11 2016 at London’s Royal Festival Hall by novelist Kate Mosse. The shortlist features two Irish writers including previously shortlisted author, Anne Enright, alongside three debut writers. Enright, the first laureate for Irish fiction, was shortlisted in 2012 for The Forgotten Waltz. The

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31st International Publishers Congress

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held in London.

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held at Olympia, West London on April 9-12 2016. This year Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany will headline the Congress. The world famous authors join a line-up of influential global publishing leaders who will debate the publishing industry’s future. London will be the setting for the 31st

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Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2016

The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2016.

The longlist for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced by Perpetual. Nine authors will compete to win this year’s prize. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. The prize was established by Australian author, Miles Franklin and first awarded in 1957. It is awarded each year

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Do You Need an Editor For Your Book?

Do you need an affordable editor to edit your manuscript?

You’ve spent the last 18 months locked away in a room writing your first book. When your manuscript was completed you then spent a further six months self-editing and umpteen revisions. Your family and friends, who kept getting bizarre voicemail messages every time they called, are overjoyed when you finally make your first public appearance

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2016

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced it’s longlist of twenty female writers. The Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. It is in it’s 21st year and is regarded as one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. Included in

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In Conversation With Author Kelly Creighton

Kelly Creighton is an author from Northern Ireland.

Kelly Creighton is an editor, novelist and short story writer from Northern Ireland. She is the author of The Bones of It which was published in 2015 by Liberties Press. The Bones of It was the San Diego Book Review novel of the year in 2015 and nominated for the 2016 Kate O’Brien Award. Kelly’s

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