A Study In Sherlock

Column by Rob Hart
May 30, 2012 (5) comments
One of the most popular character templates in literature is the Christ-like figure. But there's another template that's not as enduring and is way more interesting: The Sherlock-like figure.

Indie Press Spotlight: Two Dollar Radio

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
May 30, 2012 (7) comments
Wondering where all the good books have gone? Acquaint yourself with Two Dollar Radio, publishers of some of the most exciting fiction out there right now.

LURID: Jaws - Back In The Water

Column by Karina Wilson
May 29, 2012 (5) comments
Happy Memorial Day! Now's as good a time as any to start thinking about your beach reads for the lazy days of summer 2012. So Lurid takes another look at the much-maligned 1970s bestseller, 'Jaws.'

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Normal For An Agent To Request Changes And Then Pass Withou Offering Representation?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
Should you edit your manuscript at the suggestion of an agent before signing a contract? And what's in a platform? Those are the burning questions in this issue of 'Ask The Lit Coach.'

Gear Up! It's The Top Ten Technologies in Science Fiction

Column by Jon Korn
May 25, 2012 (5) comments
From superintelligent spaceships to existential spray cans, Sci-Fi is all about the gear. Jon Korn geeks out over his favorites.

Ten Authors Who Write Great Dialogue

Column by Meredith Borders
May 25, 2012 (36) comments
A list of some of the best conversation-creating writers out there.

Writing with Authority: A Primer

Column by Jon Gingerich
May 24, 2012 (4) comments
A few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.

Real Life Authors As Fictional Characters

Column by Meredith Borders
May 23, 2012 (4) comments
What happens when writers become characters?

Keeping it Real: A Rough Guide to Using Real People As Fictional Characters

Column by Cath Murphy
May 23, 2012 (8) comments
Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are all said to be based on real people. Is using your boss or neighbor as a ready made character a stroke of genius, or a fast route to a lawsuit?

Primer: The Chronicles of Amber

Column by Rajan Khanna
A look at the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny and what makes them so great.