7 Books You Should be Reading Right Now, According to TikTok

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
Curious what BookTok users are reading? Here's a taste.
Joma West: Writing Through the Dark

Joma West: Writing Through the Dark

Interview by Jena Brown August 9, 2022
The author of debut novel "Face" discusses creating a layered narrative, finding her flow, and writing through the dark.

Selling Books on Truth Social

Column by Peter Derk June 2, 2022
Let's go dumpster diving on Trump's Truth Social, see if we can't sell a few books.

How (Not) to Find Your Next Favorite Book

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou May 6, 2022
Stare into the author's magnetizing gaze, the bokeh of nature and bookshelves behind them: “Come with me,” they say, “I write exquisitely without trying very hard.”

Writers Lifts: Sharing the Love or Twitter Pyramid Scheme?

Column by Peter Derk February 17, 2022
Have you been the victim of a #WritersLift? Don't worry, you're not alone.

Red Flag Books

Column by Joshua Isard October 13, 2021
Maybe this concept started as a joke, but it isn’t anymore.
"Runaways: A Writer’s Dilemma" by Michael J. Seidlinger

"Runaways: A Writer’s Dilemma" by Michael J. Seidlinger

Review by Alexander Pyles September 29, 2021
A review of Michael J. Seidlinger's latest: a genre-straddling, experimental piece of meta-fiction that will feel all too familiar to modern writers.

Authors Invade TikTok

Column by Jay Wilburn September 15, 2021
Authors are always trying out new ways to promote their work. Is TikTok the platform they're looking for?

Goodreads: A History of Where It All Went Wrong

Column by Peter Derk August 3, 2021
Is Goodreads a hellhole, a paradise, or a neglected middle-class neighborhood?

What Is Identity Marketing?

Column by Peter Derk June 15, 2021
Identity marketing is here, it's telling you how to sell, it's telling you how to buy, and it's time you took control.
Michael Clark on Marketing Your Book

Michael Clark on Marketing Your Book

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
I've come to really admire Clark’s efforts. He's an author that I think gets it right and we all can learn from his hustle.

Old Book Marketing Wisdom That Needs To Change

Column by Peter Derk February 24, 2021
Let's question classic marketing advice like spacing out your releases and not being too pushy.

Shedding Hyperbole in the Post-Trump Era

Column by Gabriel Hart February 5, 2021
Writers no longer need to present themselves as vomit-draft, works in progress!

The Existential Horror of Making an Author Website

Column by Christoph Paul January 21, 2021
Why does making an author website fill me with existential dread?

Goodreads Dumps Twitter Functionality

Column by Andrew Fowlow January 7, 2021
The world’s largest community of book lovers is removing its automated Twitter functionality, leaving patrons of the site confused. Why is the social giant taking steps detrimental to indie authors?

Writers Don't Need Social Media

Column by Peter Derk December 30, 2020
Even if social media IS a tool that improves your sales, what are you willing to give up for those sales?

Is Patreon Still A Viable Platform and Income Source for Authors?

Column by Jay Wilburn
Many authors have a Patreon page. Is it still a viable platform, though? Is it wise for a new writer to start one?

David Sedaris' 'The Best of Me' for Readers and Writers

Column by Peter Derk November 2, 2020
What's in a best of collection for David Sedaris fans? And what's to be learned by other writers?

Is Twitch the Next Untapped Platform for Authors?

Column by Jay Wilburn October 2, 2020
Twitch is a platform for live streaming videogame play. Jay Wilburn, an author new to Twitch, explores whether it holds any potential as an author specific platform.

Twitter Bots for Writers

Column by Peter Derk September 21, 2020
Twitter bots as a force for literary good!

Managing a Professional Author Online Presence

Column by Cina Pelayo September 11, 2020
Different writers have different goals when it comes to their online presence. Author Cina Pelayo discusses hers.

Inconceivable: Social Media Branding Might Not Mean What You Think It Means

Column by Sadie Hartmann June 18, 2020
Social media branding has a bad rap. When people hear about "branding" they immediately think of corporate business strategies. Branding is important. Here's why.

8 Writing and Researching Tools You Might be Ignoring

Column by Gabino Iglesias September 18, 2019
When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.

#FollowFriday and #WritersLift: Don’t Just Follow, Engage!

Column by Amanda Bender
A look at how #FollowFriday and #writerslift are promoting a follower-focused mentality and overshadowing the real purpose of Twitter: engaging and connecting with the writing community.

Becoming a Reliable Shapeshifter: The Ever-Changing Nature of Brands

Column by Gabino Iglesias July 30, 2019
Your brand can change. Change can be your brand. Here's how you can be a literary chameleon.