Do You Need to Hire an Editor?

Where to hire a professional editor?

Jane Friedman is a contributor to Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published, which features essays from the Writer Unboxed community. The following is a selection from her chapter on whether writers should invest in a professional editor before submitting their work to agents or publishers. Writing and

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‘Single Sentence’ Novel Wins Book Award

Mike McCormack is an Irish writer and author of award winning book, Solar Bones.

Mike McCormack has become the fourth winner of the Goldsmiths Prize at an award ceremony in London. He is the third Irish writer to win since the prize began. Solar Bones was published by independent Irish publisher, Tramp Press, after the writer was released by Jonathan Cape just under a decade ago. The winning book

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Two Female Authors Share Literary Award

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The award for fiction writing at this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary award has been awarded jointly to two women writers, Lisa Gorton for her novel, The Life of Houses and Charlotte Wood, for her novel The Natural Way of Things. Lisa Gorton’s book looks at the relationships between three generations of an Australian establishment family,

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Irish Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

Irish book awards.

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 has announced its shortlist which features some outstanding writing from new and established writers across fourteen categories. The awards, now in its 11th year, features 14 categories, including children’s literature, cookery, crime fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction, sports, short story and poetry. The winners of the awards will

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Voss Literary Prize Shortlist 2016

nominations for the second annual 2017 Voss Literary Prize.

The shortlist for the 2016 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlist of six books was chosen from a longlist of ten. The Voss Literary Prize was launched in 2014 and is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and is named after historian Vivian Robert Le Vaux Voss.

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2016

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield have announced the shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Thirty books have been recognised across the six award categories. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the

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Publisher Charges Fee to Submit a Manuscript

Submit a manuscript.

Sean O’Keeffe, publisher of Liberties Press in Dublin, Ireland has announced that the publisher have started charging €100 for manuscript submissions that haven’t been submitted by a reputable literary agent. O’Keeffe justified his position by saying that “there are approximately 100,000 new books published in English every year, with a further 600,000 self-published – many

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Queensland Literary Awards 2016 Winners

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The winners of the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a group of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The Awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. Winning Books & Categories Fiction ($10,000) Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe) Nonfiction ($10,000)

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WA Premier’s Book Awards Winners 2016

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards winners were announced Tuesday October 4 2016. The 2016 Awards are the first WA Premier’s Book Awards in its new biennial format after a year’s break because of State Budget cuts and had 792 entries, up by 61 per cent from the 492 entries in 2014. The upswing in

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Writers on Getting Published

Writers face may struggles such as getting published and writer's block.

Getting published. It’s the proverbial carrot, the finish line, the one milestone that might convince your parents that choosing a career as a writer wasn’t a huge mistake. Almost every aspiring writer dreams of the day that they can walk into a bookstore and see their own name on the cover of a shiny new

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The Power of Fiction

Curated stories about books and fiction.

The power of fiction is a slippery, elusive thing — what it provides is not scientific, and often ephemeral. But stories matter. Stories shape the world. And sometimes we don’t necessarily realize how it’s shaping the world — or how it’s shaping us as the writer and those who read what we put out there.

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Queensland Literary Awards Shortlists 2016

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The Queensland Literary Awards has announced its shortlisted nominations for the 2016 Awards. The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a group of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The Awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. Shortlisted Books & Categories Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance Nadia

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Why Do Readers Abandon Books?

Why do readers abandon books?

Goodreads have compiled a list of the top 5 most abandoned books. The following infographic touches on the psychology behind why readers abandon books as well as the reasons why people can’t put down a book down. Follow Writerful Books on Goodreads

Matt Wilven on His Debut Novel

Matt Wilven is a British writer and author of te debut novel, The Blackbird Singularity.

Matt Wilven was born in Blackpool in 1982. After receiving an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing, he spent the next ten years honing his craft. His part-time jobs in this time included: bingo caller, ice-cream man, fishmonger and paintball operative amongst other weird and wonderful jobs. Fresh from burying a library of juvenilia beneath

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The Art of Rejection Letters

Rejection letters from publishers can sting.

By Terry McDonnell As admirable as it was to be honest and decisive, enemies could be made stupidly and by accident, and terrible mistakes could test friendships. George Plimpton, as editor of the Paris Review, once turned down a story from his childhood friend Peter Matthiessen, calling it “risible”—something he regretted as long as they

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Why Free Beta Readers Can Come at a Cost

Free beta readers can come at a cost.

New and unpublished authors will often hire beta readers to receive a comprehensive critique before submitting their manuscript to a publisher or self-publishing. The beta reader’s job is to read the manuscript as an actual reader would and present feedback on what works and what doesn’t, any styling or structural issues, plot holes or issues

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2016 Voss Literary Prize Longlist

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The 2016 Voss Literary Prize longlist has been announced. The Voss Literary Prize which was launched in 2014 is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year and is dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss who was an historian and lover of literature. The 2016 Voss Literary

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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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