Ask The Lit Coach: "How Does The New Trend In Self-Publishing Affect Literary Agents?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
March 19, 2012 (1) comments
Issue 12 of Ask The Lit Coach is all about literary agents. This week we discuss whether or not US agents consider clients living outside the U.S. and what will be the fate of agents post ePublishing

Slaying Dragons: Fantasy and Video Games

Column by Rajan Khanna
March 16, 2012 (8) comments
A look at fantasy worlds in video games- what they offer, why they work so well together and some examples of great fantasy gaming worlds.

Book Brawl: Sense And Sensibility vs. Pride And Prejudice

Column by Meredith Borders
Every month I throw two books, somehow related, into the Book Brawl ring to fight it out for the title of literary champion. Today: Jane Austen's 2 best loved comedies of manners get impolite.

LURID: Love Love Lovecraft

Column by Karina Wilson
March 15, 2012 (14) comments
On the 75th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft's death, Lurid takes a look at his ever-shifting legacy. Xenophobic hack? Post-structuralist plaything? Master of the macabre? You decide.

False Starts, Dead Ends and Bad Beginnings: A Guide to Successful Storytelling Patterns

Column by Jon Gingerich
March 15, 2012 (2) comments
Why failing to establish clear narrative patterns or ignoring a story’s natural capacity to surprise can render an otherwise compelling work into an instant dud.

Getting It Right: Accuracy, Truth, and the Fudge Factor

Column by Ed Sikov
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.

No Thanks, Mr Franzen, I Like My Novels Difficult

Column by Phil Jourdan
March 14, 2012 (5) comments
Never mind Jonathan Franzen's rants on eBooks and Twitter. He poses a more serious threat: the decline of literary difficulty.

Saga: Brian K. Vaughan's Return To Comics

Column by Kelly Thompson
March 13, 2012 (1) comments
Brian K. Vaughan makes his triumphant return to monthly comics with Saga #1-- a 44-page, gorgeously illustrated space opera.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas
March 13, 2012 (14) comments
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.

Blue is For Boys, Orange Is For Girls

Column by Cath Murphy
March 12, 2012 (2) comments
The Orange long list, announced on March 8th, aims to promote women writers. But does it? And shouldn't female authors be ready to take on the men?