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Whats new: 9 March 2020 - What's new 9 March 2020
  • ‘Do your homework. This is a very competitive genre and you need to be aware of not only current novels, but current television series and films too. There is nothing worse than working on a story for months only to find out it has already been done.

When Hachette bought Woody Allen's autobiography, they no doubt expected it to be controversial. And no doubt they expected it to be a commercial success.

The Scottish Poetry Library

Library focusing on contemporary poetry written in Scotland in Scots, Gaelic and English. Can borrow free in person, but 50p charge for postal borrowings. www.spl.org...

Simon & Schuster, the publishing powerhouse behind best-selling authors like Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin and Judy Blume, is up for sale.

Its owner, ViacomCBS, announced Wednesday that, after a "strategic review," the book publisher was no longer essential to its business and that...

Malorie Blackman took to Twitter to explain her position this weekend in the wake of some negative reaction to Thursday evening's broadcast of the first of six episodes of a new BBC dramatisation of her 2001 novel for young adults.

A few years ago, I was surprised to open a newspaper and read that the head teacher of a London public school had decided to ban my books from his library. He described the adventures of Alex Rider, which have sold around 20  million- copies worldwide, in terms so derogatory that I have no mind...

If you had asked the late Christopher Booker, the English journalist and author would have told you there are a limited number of story plots to go around. He had such conviction in his theory that he even wrote a book about it.

The novelist didn't realize how fervently society wants to turn us into calculators - every action has a payment or a fee - until she had her first child. Here she reckons with motherhood's ticking meter: every minute with her kids is work lost, and each minute writing subtracts from precious,...

According to an online conspiracy theory, the American author Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus outbreak in 1981. His novel The Eyes of Darkness made reference to a killer virus called "Wuhan-400" - eerily predicting the Chinese city where Covid-19 would emerge.

Commentary: Advice for aspiring crime writers 9 March 2020

‘Do your homework. This is a very competitive genre and you need to be aware of not only current novels, but current television series and films too. There is nothing worse than working on a story for months only to find out it has already been done.

Whats new: 2 March 2020 - What's new 2 March 2020
  • 'Anyone who has ever tried to write a novel knows what an arduous task it is, undoubtedly one of the worst ways of occupying oneself. You have to remain within yourself all the time, in solitary confinement.

Our world, more than at any time in history, is all about stories. Snapchat feeds capture your entire day, Instagram users meticulously curate their pages and stories, and detailed Twitter threads recount what happened on the morning commute. We are storytellers, narrators, transmitters of tales...

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