“Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn’t happen right away.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Sh*t Rough Drafts launched on Tumblr a month ago and the site has already created quite a stir. With each post creator Paul Laudiero gives readers a fresh (and imaginary) look at the origins some classic literary works.

Here’s a sample:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925.

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100 Twitter Hashtags for Writers

Hashtags are one of the most important elements to successfully using Twitter to enhance your writing practice and profile. In fact, the importance of hashtags generally was recently demonstrated when the American Dialect Society recently named hashtag as the word of the year for 2012.

Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with other writers who share your interests and to find out about new opportunities such as writing competitions. They can also help to raise your writing profile to attract interest from publishers and editors.

You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t overuse them (never use more than 3 hashtags per tweet), be natural and never spam people. But when used selectively and cleverly, hashtags can be of great benefit to your writing career.

Below are 100 #hashtags that every writer should know:

Books and Reading Hashtags
#Books
#BookWorm
#GreatReads
#IndieThursday
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The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2013 is due to be announced on the 9th of April. The longlist for the prize was announced quite some time ago – on the 12th of November in fact – presumably in order to give readers some chance of making an indent into the rather extraordinary 154 book longlist before the second announcement is made.

The winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award will receive €100,000 prize, making it the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. In order to be eligible for the 2013 prize, books needed to be published between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011.

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