New Release Roundup: Recommendations for May 2012

Column by John Jarzemsky
A look at what's hot off the presses for the month of May.

My Kindle Experiment: What A Month And Change Can Teach You

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
April 30, 2012 (10) comments
Amazon may be on everyone's naughty list this year, but they're still the easiest game in town when it comes to self-publishing and selling your book. You just have to work the kinks out, first.

Ask The Lit Coach: "What Are The Most Important Factors When Writing A Query Letter?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
April 30, 2012 (6) comments
Does the perfect query letter exist? Are positive reactions to pitches worth something? It's all about query letters this week on Ask The Lit Coach!

Bangs, Whimpers, and Apes: The Top 10 World-Ending Events In Science Fiction

Column by Jon Korn
April 27, 2012 (4) comments
Armageddon time! Just in time for 2012, Jon Korn chooses his favorite apocalypses from science fiction.

The Spiraling Narrative

Column by Jon Gingerich
April 26, 2012 (2) comments
Plots shouldn't unfold with cause-and-effect insomuch as careful repetitions of symbolism and theme. Here's one way you can do this without forcing the story to wear symbolism on it sleeve.

LURID: Aleister Crowley - Print The Legend!

Column by Karina Wilson
April 26, 2012 (4) comments
Aleister Crowley shaped the twentieth century in all kinds of strange ways. Lurid takes a look at the legend behind the man, and how the facts of his wild life manifested in all kinds of fiction.

Thomas Pynchon: A Primer

Column by Jack Joslin
April 25, 2012 (6) comments
A look at the bizarre and daunting works of the mysterious Thomas Pynchon.

Fallen Idols: Disappointing Truths About Five Famous Authors

Column by Cath Murphy
April 25, 2012 (27) comments
Like most readers, I want authors to 'fit' the fiction they create, and when they fail to live up to my myths about them, I get fractious.

The Top 10 Royal Historical Novels

Column by Meredith Borders
April 24, 2012 (5) comments
It's a very specific genre, and one that Meredith just happens to love. She's read most of them, so what are her favorites?

World Book and Copyright Day –The Best Holiday You Never Heard Of

Column by Taylor Houston
April 23, 2012 (3) comments
Books are the best! So let's celebrate them today--a day marked by literary history!