L.A. Kennedy

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Sophie Mackintosh Huge deals and fairytales are sexy anomalies – almost all writers face setbacks, they’re an important part of the creative process If there’s any universal truth, it’s that rejection happens to all of us at some point – especially in publishing. Most writers have entertained at least one 3am fantasy about an editor …

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Jean Hannah Edelstein One thousand is a conservative estimate of the number of books and book proposals that I rejected during my two-year publishing career. I have rejected books that have ended up selling for lots of money, and I have rejected books that were plagiarised wholesale from already-published writers, and I have rejected books …

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By: Jess Zafarris “Don’t let anyone tell you ‘No.’”Bestselling author Brad Meltzer reveals the secrets around his new non-fiction book, ‘The First Conspiracy’—plus thriller writing tips, and more. Brad Meltzer may be history’s most engaging contemporary advocate, at least in terms of the vast audiences he’s able to reach. For instance, he hosted the History …

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By Sally Harris No-one told me writing should come with a health warning. Something like on cigarette packets would be great; a shocking or disturbing thing to dissuade the unwary from venturing too near pen, paper or laptop. When I signed up for a creative writing course several years ago, I assumed it would be …

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by Ashley Franklin Rejection is an unavoidable part of a writer’s life. In fact, the more diligently we pursue our writing dreams, the more we increase our chances of being rejected. (Hey, I don’t make the rules.) Receiving a “no” from your dream agent or editor stings. I want to tell you that it gets […] …

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