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Blog Posts: March 2011

Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 1:22pm
View a great additional competition taking place in July 2011 with feedback from the publishers of Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett for the winners. Click on the link above to view.
Tuesday March 29, 2011 at 2:54pm
Stephen King Writing Tips from his book On Writing, first published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, one of The Next Big Author's Participating publishers.1. "I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months…Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave duiring a peri....
Sunday March 20, 2011 at 6:18pm
Margaret Atwood - bestselling author, shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once.1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.2 If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.3 Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.4 If you're using a comp....
Sunday March 6, 2011 at 8:21pm
Welcome! has had a huge response from members joining, and we welcome everyone. New Elmore Leonard Writing Tips on We have added some new writers tips for Elmore Leonard on home page. Elmore is published by Orion, one of The Next Big Author's participating publishers who will be one of the top five publishers reading the winners and awarding a critique. Click below to view the tips, or visit homepage. The publish....
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