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From the OTHE SIDE R OF THE DESK

Gender stereotyping limits our reading experience no matter where it comes from, argues literary agent Piers Blofeld

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When people want to be rude about Stephen Fry one of the things they do is describe him as the stupid person’s idea of an intellectual. I was reminded of this formulation while reading an article by Rhiannon Lucy Coslett in the Guardian about how bad male writers are at writing women. The tone of it was very much, when men create female characters they are very much the stupid person’s idea of a woman.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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