Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Can I Break Out?

Column by Nick Mamatas
How seriously should midlisters take the pressure to finally write that breakout novel?

How to Approach the Second Draft of Your Novel-in-Making

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.

Beat the Heat of the Dog Days of Summer with These Five Dog Novels

Column by Steph Post
August 14, 2019 (3) comments
Five 'dog-centric' novels to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer.

8 Signs You Are Afraid of Writing

Column by Autumn Christian
August 13, 2019 (2) comments
Recognize the signs of fear and the mistakes that may be holding you back.

Book vs. Film: Very Bore-y Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

Column by Peter Derk
August 12, 2019 (1) comments
An extremely professional and not at all drunken review of 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.'

How Is Magical Realism Different From Fantasy?

Column by Christopher Shultz
If magical realism isn't straight-up fantasy, or any other speculative genre, then what, exactly, is it?

Defining Upmarket Fiction and the Role it Plays in Today’s Market

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
Curious what makes a piece of writing upmarket fiction? This article will define the term and help you decide whether you should tailor your work to meet this unique classification.

Requests, Not Demands: How to Get Your Books into Libraries

Column by Peter Derk
The library is your friend. Don't alienate it.

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Writing Outside Your Box

Column by BH Shepherd
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.

Stop Being Lazy and Write Different Types of Characters

August 5, 2019 (1) comments
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.