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22 Apr 2010 - Dialogue rules

This seems like a really simple question but it's something that's been bugging me for a while.  I had a story accepted recently and for the re-edit, the editor told me dialogue should always start on a new line/fresh paragraph.  However, is this the case?  As an example I&#

26 Mar 2010 - From the agents' mouth

Went to a panel discussion earlier today, where four agents made up the panel. They were J Berlyne, I Drury, J Jarrold and D Lumley. It was a very interesting panel to ask questions of. They talked about a well written letter going a long way towards getting yourself an agent. They're looking f

25 Mar 2010 - Coscom Signs Agreement with Ethan Ellenberg Lit. Agency

Coscom Entertainment has signed an agreement with Ethan Ellenberg Lit. Agency, the positive repercussions of which are echoed in the press release below for both myself and everyone featured in the 'Vicious Verses'  and 'Bits of the Dead' anthologies:


01 Mar 2010 - F Paul Wilson on creating a series hero

I was leafing through the FPW newsletter, which, TBBH, I don't often read, and I came across a link to this article about creating a series character. It struck a chord with me, because I remember an acquisitions editor moaning about the number of post cold war ex special forces/action man type

20 Feb 2010 - Bad Writing vs "Bad" Writing

After points raised in the latest crit group I got to wondering:

Is it ever acceptable or sensible to emulate a writing style if it serves a specific purpose, and doesn't render your own unique style redundant? 

For instance, if you were to write a 'pulp'
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