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2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing Shortlist Announcement

2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing Shortlist Announcement

The State Library of NSW has recently announced the shortlist for their biannual humour prize which I did enter since I’ve been told by many that Destination Dachshund is humorous at times. True story. But obviously not funny enough – as I am not shortlisted. Ha! My husband tells me I’m not that funny all the time but he is so wrong. The judges picked very well though – the books listed below are all winners – and if you like a bit of humour in your books then check them out.

DD on its way to the State Library to enter the awards!

I am pleased to see Rosie Waterland’s memoir ‘The Anti-Cool Girl’ on the list. She is hilarious but had a tough year so hopefully this shortlisting lifts her spirits.

Congratulations to all shortlisted authors.

Winner to be announced at the State Library on 8 June 2017.

  • Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure by Ross Fitzgerald and Ian McFadyen is the fifth volume detailing the farcical adventures of a Queensland academic who finds himself holding the balance of power in the Australian Senate. How this eventuated is as much a mystery to Senator Everest as it is to everyone else. He is still obsessed with his penis, as his life and career continue to drag him through a series of preposterous adventures.True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia — Volume 2 by David Hunt
  • True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia — Volume 2 by David Hunt is the sequel to Girt, David Hunt’s first history, which told the story of the white settlement of Australia up until the rule of Governor Macquarie. True Girt continues the story, unpicking our national myths about peaceful settlement and universal progress as he details the settlement of Van Diemen’s Land, Victoria and the extension of settlement in NSW — with occasional sideswipes at South Australia.
  • A Toaster on Mars by Darrell Pitt contains no appliances that heat bread on the surface of the red planet. What it does contain, however, is Blake Carter, star agent for the Planetary Bureau of Investigation. Blake is having a very bad day, with a missing daughter, a cyborg partner, and the world domination plans of Bartholomew Badde. What ensues is a mad plummet down a hill of ridiculousness defying not just the laws of physics but often those of sanity as well.
  • Error Australia by Ben Pobjie uses his skills at recapping reality television with precise hilarity, by recapping the ultimate Australian reality show: Australia itself. In his hilarious Error Australis, the comedian and TV columnist takes us from the initial cooling of this simple rock to the modern developments that place it so significantly in a far-flung corner of the world. This is history as farce, or rather it’s about finding that reality has been farce all along.
  • Quicksand by Steve Toltz is the much-anticipated second novel, whose debut of A Fraction of the Whole, garnered rave reviews internationally when it was published several years ago. Indeed, Quicksand owes much to its epic predecessor as its genesis springs from material cut from the earlier novel. The story — narrated by Liam, an aspiring writer-turned-policeman — chronicles the life of his friend Aldo Benjamin, an eternally optimistic ‘born loser’.
  • The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland is a memoir about a childhood that by most standards would be considered disturbing. The story starts before Rosie was born and takes us through her first twenty-eight years which are packed with most varieties of trauma: both the author’s parents were addicts, she witnessed her mother trying to commit suicide, there were narrow escapes from drug-dealers and dodgy boyfriends, she was severely bullied at school — and yet, Rosie Waterland makes us laugh.
My new venture: Bookends Publishing

My new venture: Bookends Publishing

I have decided to start an independent publishing house. It is small. It will be a big learning curve. But I’m doing it anyway! All things must start from somewhere no matter how small. 2017 will be a big year!

In publishing Destination Dachshund, I wanted to take my writing career into my own hands and with Bookends Publishing I want to be able to help other authors do the same thing. I also want to provide opportunities for new, emerging, and established writers.

‘Be a driving force in your own life. When you empower yourself to act on your ambitions, you create opportunities for growth, connections and self-improvement.’ – Louise Hay

In 2017 Bookends Publishing will be launching a step-by-step guide about publishing to make it easier for indie authors to get started. Some of the content will include:

  • Being brave and believing in yourself
  • How to set up your Amazon Publisher Account
  • How to become an Amazon Best Seller
  • Publishing your eBook in ten easy steps
  • How to obtain your EIN (US Tax ID)
  • Understanding Amazon’s Keywords & Categories
  • Formatting your manuscript for eBook
  • Ebook, Print Book, or both?
  • How to obtain your ISBN and barcode
  • How to set up expanded distribution of your book to hundreds of retailers
  • The importance of a Book Launch Team
  • The Bookends Publishing  ‘Self Publishing Dictionary’

 

A beginning…

Bookends Publishing will be assisting authors to self-publish and provide publication advice and in 2017/2018 my aim is to gather a great team at Bookends and be open for submission for full publication. So watch this space and the space over at Bookends. Watch all the spaces. 😉

Bookends Australian Writing Award

I am excited to announce that in mid-2017, the Bookends Australian Writing Award will be established to showcase Australian writers and their many talents. All winning and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology in ebook format. More information coming soon!


Coming soon at Bookends Publishing….
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The first wonderful writer I am providing some advice to is Robin Elizabeth with her heartfelt, moving, and funny memoir ‘Confessions of a Mad Mooer’: Postnatal Depression Sucks’ about her time in a psychiatric hospital after having gone through postnatal depression with both her daughter and her identical twin boys. The book will be available in ebook and print in December.

Visit Robin’s website for more information about the book and her commentary on postnatal depression (PND). It is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week right now and Robin is writing a daily blog on PND. If you or someone you know has been touched by PND then tune into to Robin’s blog here.

Do you want to be an author? What are you waiting for? Part 1

Do you want to be an author? What are you waiting for? Part 1

Over the next couple of months I will be sharing a series of blog posts on writing, self-publishing and becoming an Amazon Best Selling author.

Part 1: Being brave

Have you always wanted to be an author? Been writing for years? Do you have a file full of stories, been rejected a gazillion times, (or ignored – my least favourite part of submitting to publishers) – or are you just starting out and your desire to be an author is a new thing?

Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, memoir, self-help, poetry, short stories, or young adult fiction, if you have a story to share then I hope I can help in some way. I plan for this series of posts, Do you want to be an author? What are you waiting for? to chronicle my journey from going from ‘writer’ to ‘author’, to share hints about the self-publishing process, and to highlight the fact that your artistic endeavours – yes, you are an artist – are yours to share if you have the courage – author Elizabeth Gilbert says so, and so do I.

So what are you waiting for?

I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog about not wanting to wait forever for someone else to make me an author. Here is an excerpt from my last blog post Author love. Did you like their book? Then tell them. 

‘I could have sat around for years waiting to be picked up by a traditional publisher but I didn’t want to – not with this story.’

Why should I have to sit around for years waiting for someone to accept me? And I didn’t want to wait years – not with Destination Dachshund. And trust me, it can take years. For all the authors out there who have received a publishing deal and the backing of a publishing house – I wish you well and success for years to come. And in some ways I would still like to have that one day, but it hasn’t happened and I didn’t want to wait anymore.

I’d experienced a journey of loss, love, adventure, seeing the world and family connection and writing that story, for me, was something that wouldn’t go away. I think if I hadn’t published Destination Dachshund, it would have been something I would have regretted not doing in my life. So I decided to do it myself.

I’m not saying I’ve given up on the traditional publishing industry – in fact I have stories out on submission now. There are literally thousands of places in many different genres to have your writing published, so don’t limit yourself and be diverse with your writing – you can have it all! Here is a big list I compiled recently of writing competitions and publishers with open submission right now. Submit it!

HINT: Find your writing tribe

I have several writing tribes and I don’t think I would gotten through the process so well without them (including my fantastic book launch team) but as I look back on my self-publishing journey it was very important to also have a connection to others who were also self publishing, or had self-published. I didn’t realise it until I was almost at the end, but becoming an indie author is an unknown path with overhanging trees and swirling mist obscuring the way ahead. There may a monster at the end of this path too. One with big teeth who posts bad reviews. Who knows? But you walk the path anyway. And someone who hasn’t been on that path, or doesn’t ever want go down that path may still be very encouraging, but won’t quite understand what you’re trying to do, or why. → More on this in later posts. 

Writing and publishing a book isn’t life or death, don’t get me wrong. I’m not overcoming hardship, but overcoming the fear of the unknown.

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There is sometimes an assumption by writers, I think, (well me anyway for many years) that to be accepted by a publisher means:

  • I am good enough
  • I can write – see I TOLD YOU!
  • All the late nights, bottles of wine, coffee, demented behaviour was worth it.
  • I am good enough

But not being accepted by a publisher means:

  • I will never be good enough
  • I can’t write
  • It’s shit – I may as well just burn it and dance around the fire naked.
  • I will never be good enough.

So, to self-publish means that YOU are deciding you are good enough, you are deciding you can write, it is worth it and you are good enough. This was my light bulb moment. This was when I had a shift in my thinking. I don’t need a publisher to tell me I am good enough.

Self-publishing isn’t easy, and if you want to be taken seriously in the industry then you have to do it properly – there are no half measures, but it is achievable, as is becoming an Amazon Best Seller.

I did it and so can YOU.

 

Coming up next:  

For each writing project there is a seed, an idea, an outcome, or a reason WHY you are creating it. I’ll talk about this more in my next blog post Do you want to be an author? What are you waiting for? 2 – The ‘WHY’ Behind Your Writing.

Want to discuss writing or self publishing? Then fill in the form below 🙂

 

 

Book Review by Angela Long: Anchor Point by Alice Robinson

Book Review by Angela Long: Anchor Point by Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson

  • Title: Anchor Point
  • Author: Alice Robinson
  • Publisher: Affirm Press 2015
  • Long listed for the 2016 Stella Prize

Angela Long’s review:  Alice Robinson describes her work as “writing for good- writing to enact positive social change” (The Conversation. The Conversation, 29 Sept. 2015. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.). Her debut novel ‘Anchor Point’ is a mix of social commentary, historical reflection and dystopian foresight; wherein Robinson focuses on personal tragedy to highlight the mores of her characters, each of whom are defined by place and history, anchored to the roots of their past and the place they call home.

During a raging flood, Laura’s mother Kath disappears from their remote farm in Western Victoria. Her father Bruce and the small farming community can find no trace of her, and assume the worst. Only Laura knows the truth and as she childishly burns the evidence, she becomes burdened with the guilt of knowing and the fear of discovery. Her penitence is to step into the role vacated by her mother. “Laura slipped the noose of Kathryn’s apron over her head” “the weight of her sister’s needs a milkmaid’s yoke”. No action occurs in isolation. Laura’s choices not only change the course of her family’s life, but irretrievably scar her and the landscape they live in.

Obsessed with forging forward after Kath’s disappearance; Laura’s father Bruce clears the land of the trees that have swallowed his wife, forcing the harsh terrain into submission. His actions give him a sense of re-establishing control over his life, but as the trees disappear ‘Laura sensed the land growing quiet’, the character changes and erodes, leaving the farm and its inhabitants exposed to the follies of climate.  As the trees are stripped and the landscape laid bare, Laura embodies the destruction of the land and becomes its martyr. Trapped by the men that love her and who represent the societal struggle between farmers, traditional land owners and science. “she felt drawn and quartered by these men, their ideas for her, their needs. … decades of obedience”.  As there was such a strong metaphorical link between the characters and the themes, some of the events rendered felt contrived to resolve plot points and this distracted me from the otherwise well developed relationships.

Robinson’s keen eye for landscape draws it as an evocative character in its own right allowing the reader to mourn for its demise alongside that of Laura. With time it holds little resemblance to what it once was, forcing the characters to rely on memory as proof. The lone tree remaining alongside the home bears its scar as witness. ‘They were here’ … ‘Trees are proof.’ The scars on both the landscape and it’s inhabitants are proof, but they mean nothing without memory. Proof and memory slides side by side in the narrative. The truth of history is changed when Laura lies; Laura’s sister Vik holds on to memories that become falsehoods; and when both Bruce and Laura become victims of their own memories with early onset Alzheimer’s, Laura’s desire to redeem the damage done and regenerate the land, slips like her memory. Life is repetition, a series of circles that return to what there was, to the familiar, the remembered. Without memory is proof obliterated? Without memory, are we chained to the yoke of damage to repeat the history of our forebears?

Although beautifully crafted, Robinson’s poetic prose becomes laborious as a vehicle for Laura’s internal dialogue. She isn’t a likeable character and becomes preachy, leaving little room for the reader’s own conclusions. Robinson may also have been overly ambitious in making ‘Anchor Point’ a statement for change in too many areas. Her social commentary includes themes of loss and guilt, duty and desire, feminism, indigenous rights and climate change. At times the messages became muddled and lost some of the impact that pairing down would have given them.

Overall however this is a beautiful debut novel that shows skill in its rendering and an ethical storyline that asks questions without forcing a resolution.

For more information: Affirm Press


 

 

AWW2016This book has been read and reviewed by Angela Long for Welcome to my Library for the 2016 Australian Women Writers Challenge.

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Submit your writing! Current Writing Competitions & Open Submissions

Submit your writing! Current Writing Competitions & Open Submissions

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I have compiled a list of up-coming writing COMPETITIONS and (mostly) Australian PUBLISHERS that are currently OPEN FOR SUBMISSION for manuscripts. So what are you waiting for? GET WRITING! 😉 

COMPETITIONS

  • International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest Calling for short stories in any speculative fiction genre including fantasy, science fiction and horror. The contest has been running since 2004 and has a grand prize of €1,000. Entries must be less than 10,000 words and must not have been previously published. Closing date: 30th November 2016
  • Aurealis Awards The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.
  • Twelfth Planet Press Currently looking for YA Speculative fiction short stories published in 2016 for their Years Best Speculative Fiction Anthology. Closing date: 31st December 2016
  • The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award Commemorates the celebrated author of the Silver Brumby’s life and work, and has been established to encourage all writers to focus their stories on the Australasian rural landscape. Closing date: 25th August.
  • Finch Memoir Prize Unpublished Memoir Prize. $5000 and publication. Closing date: 25th August 2016
  • 2016 Joanne Burns Microlit Award Jointly-sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders. Theme: LANDMARKS Length: 200 word max. Closing date: Aug 31
  • Sydney Writers’ Room Stories should be limited to 2000 words and must be single-authored and unpublished.
    Closing date: 31st August 2016
  • Overland Story Wine Prize Short fiction up to 800 words. The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and will be published on the label of a Story Wines. Closing date: 31st August 2016
  • Olga Masters Short Story Award Entry is open to Australian residents. Stories should be 2000-5000 words, about any aspect of Australian rural family life. Closing date: 1st September 2016
  • Wollongong Writer’s Festival Short Story Prize This international short story prize is open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. 2500 words or less Theme: Tidal Closing date: 15th September 2016
  • Walter Stone Award 2016 for Life Writing The Award is for a Life Writing defined as a work of biography, autobiography, memoir, monograph, bibliography. Closing date: 30th September 2016
  • Macarthur Playwriting Festival is seeking scripts for their playwriting competition. One act play between 8 – 11 minutes in length, & contain no more than four (4) characters, and must contain the statement “It’s bigger on the Inside”. Closing date: 16th September 2016
  • New England Thunderbolt Prize Six Crime Fiction Prize 2500 word. See website for more information. Closing date: 24th September 2016
  • Jean Stone Award for Poetry The Award is for a poem or group of poems up to 60 lines. Closing date: 30th September 2016.
  • Commonwealth Short Story Prize The competition brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. Closing date: 1st November 2016
  • Atlantis Short Story Award International Call For Entries – Writers from all around the world are welcome. Fiction and stories based on true events 2500 words. Closing date: 30th November 2016
  • Celtic Mythology Story Competition Any kind of fiction short story will be considered (action, romance, drama, humour etc.) as long as they meet the following criteria: Celtic mythology or folklore forms a fundamental element of the story (i.e. the characters can be characters from Celtic mythology, the action can take place in a mythological location, mythological concepts can be used etc.). Submissions will be accepted from midnight 1 September 2016 to midnight 10 December 2016.
  • The Peter Porter Poetry Prize This is one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem. Entries must be new single-authored poems of up to 75 lines.The winner receives $5,000 and shortlisted poets receive $500. All the shortlisted poems are published in the magazine. Closing date for submissions: 1st December 2016
  • Australian Essay Writing Contest World wide entry. See website for essay topics. Winning entries will show that the writer can research their topic well, use evidence to back up their arguments, and engage the reader with their work. All entries must be sent to us between July 18th 2016 – March 1st 2017.

 

PUBLISHERS with open submissions 

I went down the self publishing path with my travel memoir Destination Dachshund but here are some of the usual suspects that have OPEN SUBMISSIONS. It’s worth a try. I have some stories out on submission right now! Good luck to you… 🙂

  • Penguin Group Australia Accepting submission the first week of every month.
  • Pan Macmillan Australia On the first Monday of every month, between 10am and 4pm, they accept electronic submissions. Looking for commercial fiction & non-fiction, Literary Fiction, children’s & YA.
  • Random House Open submission for many genres including children’s. Please see their website for guidelines.
  • Harper Collins Usually accepts submissions each Wednesday but is currently closed. Check soon!
  • Allen & Unwin The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of their in-house Submission Editors
  • Hachette Australia is one of Australia’s largest publishers and is always looking for the opportunity to publish great stories. As part of this search, they are pleased to welcome email submissions from fiction and non-fiction writers.
  • Text Text is broadly interested in publishing fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.
  • Midnight Sun Publishers Midnight Sun Publishing is always accepting submissions!
  • Wombat Books Wombat Books accepts unsolicited manuscripts for review. They are open for submissions until the end of July 2016 then close for remainder of 2016. Currently only accepting submissions for stand alone picture books aimed at early primary school age.
  • Rhiza Press Rhiza Press is currently considering unsolicited submissions for young adult fiction.
  • Pantera Press Accepts unsolicited manuscripts all year round! They are actively looking for Young adult fiction 12+.
  • Writers Edit Currently open to submissions for a featured short story and poem each month in their online magazine.
  • Kill Your Darlings Currently accepting submissions of adult new fiction from KYD SUBSCRIBERS
  • Scribe Publications Scribe accepts unsolicited and un-agented manuscripts for review during seasonal three-month windows: 1 January to 31 March & 1 July to 30 September. Looking for literary fiction, serious non-fiction, and children’s picture books.
  • Magabala Books Magabala Books is Australia’s premier producer of quality indigenous children’s literature.
  • Aurealis Magazine Open to submissions 1 August—31 October 2016. Aurealis is looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered.
  • Scholastic Australia Accepting submissions for children’s books.
  • Five Mile Press Accepts submissions for adult fiction in various genres. Check their site. Not currently open for children’s submissions.
  • Escape Publishing (Harlequin) Love is a serious business at Escape. They bring readers fresh and exciting love stories to heart. They are serious about romance and don’t accept stories that don’t contain a romance or romantic elements.
  • Destiny Romance Penguin Australia’s new digital-first imprint, is seeking submissions. Destiny Romance is passionately interested in all kinds of romantic fiction, from sweet and tender through to saucy and sensual.
  • Giramondo Publishing Accepts unsolicited fiction and non-fiction literary submissions.
  • Xoum Publishing Xoum publishes non-fiction and fiction for both adults and children. Our specialty areas include true crime, travel, history, popular science, health & wellbeing; select literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy and sf; and young adult and children’s narrative fiction.
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. They receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor.
  • Analog Science Fiction & Fact They publish science fiction stories. That is, stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is integral to the plot.
  • Lightspeed Magazine Seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed will be OPEN to submissions June 16 – June 30, 2016.
  • Asimov’s Science Fiction Is a magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but theye also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please.
  • University of QLD Press (UQP) Unsolicited manuscript genres they are currently accepting: Academic in Indigenous issues and UQP’s two academic series: New Approaches to Peace and Conflict and Creative Economy and Innovation Culture.
  • Margaret River Press Margaret River Press is an indepdendent, innovative Western Australian publisher. We welcome submissions from emerging and established writers of literary fiction and creative non-fiction, and we accept short story collections by a single author.
  • Finch Publishing Sydney Finch Publishing is once again accepting manuscript proposals on Thursdays. All other proposals sent outside this time period will not be considered. If you miss the time period please send again the following week. They consider manuscript proposals on the following subjects: parenting, social issues, child health, memoir, family relationships and mental health.
  • DoctorZed Publishing Currently accepting submissions of manuscripts for consideration.
  • Fremantle Press Welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from authors of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia. See website for detailed submission guidelines.
  • Harbour Publishing  Accepting unsolicited manuscript for publishing consideration.
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My travel memoir is launching soon! Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

My travel memoir is launching soon! Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

I have some news that’s a little bit scary to reveal! For the past few months I’ve been writing a travel memoir and soon, very soon I will be publishing it. 

For people who know me, it won’t surprise them that the book involves two of my favourite things – dachshunds and travel.

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the USA. With seemingly well-behaved in-laws in tow, the Fleetwood family embark on a trip of a lifetime just days after the tragic loss of their beloved dachshund Coco.

When two miniature dachshunds in smart winter coats are spotted in Moscow, it’s game on and a riotous search for the lovable, long-bodied pooch ensues across 15 countries.

This funny and heartfelt memoir will resonate with travel and dog lovers alike. Through the wonder of travel Lisa explores the bond of extended family, the abiding love we have for our pets and how we move on after losing loved ones, both human and hound and embrace the joy of right now.

 

Get your FREE copy of Destination Dachshund when it becomes available. Click HERE


 

Self Publishing

I’ve decided not to go down the traditional path for publication, but the independent path. Yes, I’m self publishing! In many ways the travel memoir is a passion project, something that I’ve wanted to write for a couple of years. It’s a personal story and having trawled through Australian publishers trying to sell my children’s fantasy trilogy I didn’t fancy going down that path for a project that’s so close to my heart. My heart did not want to take the trampling I knew it would receive from traditional publishers.

My book is professionally edited, has a fabulous cover, (I am slightly biased) assisted by the amazing artist Sally Walsh over at Sillier than Sally Designs, and will be launched by me with the help of my wonderful launch team. And the best thing of all – I am in charge of the entire project – and I am loving it!

The self-publishing process has been a wonderful journey and I’ve learned so many things, but the single most important thing I’ve learned is how crucial the book launch is and I’ll be guided through every step of self-publishing my eBook, from the first word upon the page all the way through the publication and beyond by the Self Publishing School.

I’ll be blogging my self-publishing journey over the coming weeks so stay tuned! More to come!

Lisa 🙂

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