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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This post was written by Allison Tait and originally published at Life in Pink Fibro

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

I’ve received a few emails lately from people who are writing non-fiction books and wondering what on earth to do with them once they’re finished. Enter, the book proposal. The proposal is what you send an agent or a publisher to give them an overview of your book, a taste of your writing style and, hopefully, the impetus to get in touch to see more.

It’s true that non-fiction books can be sold on proposal, but usually the writer has a proven track record, so if you’re writing your first book, it’s generally a good idea to finish it before sending out a prop. If the publisher or agent wants to see the rest, they’ll want to see it NOW.

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Sick of damsels in distress? Can’t bear another princess waiting for her prince charming? Here’s a list of young adult fiction books with strong female heroines who know how to look after themselves.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
No list of contemporary YA books, especially one about strong women, would be complete without Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen is a sharp and intelligent heroine who puts her own survival, and that of her family, first. Importantly, The Hunger Games has shown both the publishing industry and mainstream Hollywood that stories with strong female leads can be a commercial success. The Hunger Games trilogy has been translated into 26 languages and sold over 50 million copies in both print and electronic formats.

 

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Pixar's Rules of Storytelling
Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. View Post
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In this video Stephen King, most famous for his horror and suspense novels, discusses the short story and the fact that many accomplished writers – particular those make good money from their novels – can ‘lose their touch’ when it comes to crafting a strong short story.

King first started writing short stories when he was 18 and many of his most famous books, including Misery, were first started as short stories.

 

This interview was recorded by Borders when King was promoting his short story collection Just After Sunset.


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