How Do You Know When Your Writing Career Is Over?

Column by Ed Sikov
May 24, 2017 (0) comments
At what point can you consider yourself a writer? And how do you know when it's time to call it quits?

Hack Dad’s No Good Very Bad Day

Column by Keith Rawson
May 24, 2017 (0) comments
Hack Dad gets all whiny and complain-y about life not going how he wants it to.
Bookshots: 'Wicked Wonders' by Ellen Klages

Bookshots: 'Wicked Wonders' by Ellen Klages

Review by Gabino Iglesias
May 23, 2017 (0) comments
Fantastic occurrences and unexpected worlds from Ellen Klages.
Bookshots: 'Black Mad Wheel' by Josh Malerman

Bookshots: 'Black Mad Wheel' by Josh Malerman

Review by Max Booth III
May 23, 2017 (0) comments
What's that sound?

Background Noise: The Netflix Category Every Writer Desperately Needs

Column by Max Booth III
May 22, 2017 (0) comments
Increase your productivity by watching Netflix.

50 Anthologies I Wish I Could Submit To

Column by Gabino Iglesias
May 19, 2017 (4) comments
I love anthologies. Here are some I keep hoping will one day become a reality.

Seeing the Page Like A Quarterback Sees the Field

Column by Christoph Paul
May 19, 2017 (2) comments
Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Bookshots: 'The Blade This Time' by Jon Bassoff

Bookshots: 'The Blade This Time' by Jon Bassoff

Review by Bart Bishop
May 18, 2017 (0) comments
A review of the latest by the gothic-noir author.
Bookshots: 'Woman No. 17' by Edan Lepucki

Bookshots: 'Woman No. 17' by Edan Lepucki

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky
May 17, 2017 (0) comments
LitReactor takes a look at Lepucki's followup to the bestselling 'California'.
Bookshots: 'Tacky Goblin' By T. Sean Steele

Bookshots: 'Tacky Goblin' By T. Sean Steele

Review by Keith Rawson
May 16, 2017 (0) comments
A brief review of Chicago writer T. Sean Steele's debut novel, 'Tacky Goblin'.
Bookshots: 'Chuck Klosterman X' by Chuck Klosterman

Bookshots: 'Chuck Klosterman X' by Chuck Klosterman

Review by Max Booth III
May 16, 2017 (0) comments
A highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century.

5 Writing Lessons You Can Learn From Pop Punk

Column by Peter Derk
May 15, 2017 (2) comments
This ain't a scene. It's a goddamn writing clinic.

Tech and Product Round-up: May Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz
May 15, 2017 (0) comments
The ups and downs of Amazon, not so smart Smart Keyboards, and a spacey means of reining in app addiction.

Alright Kids, We’re Gonna Talk About Race: 5 Books that Get it Right

Column by Keith Rawson
May 12, 2017 (0) comments
Yep, it's time to have a chat about those pesky race issues and the books that deal with them.

The Top 10 Craft Books on Storytelling

Column by Christoph Paul
May 11, 2017 (3) comments
The top ten craft books of a craft book fanatic.

How 'The Mists of Avalon' Redefined King Arthur from the Female Perspective

Column by Bart Bishop
May 11, 2017 (0) comments
A look back at the 1983 novel and its reframed feminist perspective on the classic male-centric tale of King Arthur.

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

Column by Repo Kempt
May 10, 2017 (2) comments
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Bookshots: 'Since We Fell' by Dennis Lehane

Bookshots: 'Since We Fell' by Dennis Lehane

Review by Max Booth III
May 9, 2017 (1) comments
A look at Dennis Lehane's latest offering.

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Column by Richard Thomas
May 9, 2017 (0) comments
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.

Never Write for Exposure...or Should You?

Column by Gabino Iglesias
May 8, 2017 (0) comments
Everyone has already told you never to write for free, but there are times where that rule can, and should, be broken.

When Bad People Write Good Things

Column by Peter Derk
May 8, 2017 (0) comments
When a bad person writes a great book, should you pick it up? Embrace it? Burn it?

Ranking the Gothic Lesbian Victoriana: Quick Reviews of All 6 Sarah Waters Novels

Column by Annie Neugebauer
May 5, 2017 (0) comments
Sarah Waters is known for her historical, LGBQT+, gothic romance and horror novels, but which is more of which, and where should you start? A quick review of all 6 will help you narrow it down.

10 Things Selling Books at Festivals and Cons Has Taught Me About Writing

Column by Christoph Paul
May 5, 2017 (3) comments
I give ten examples of how tabling at book festivals has helped my writing improve.

Life Moves Pretty Fast: How the 'Ghostbusters' Remake Proves Comedies Aren't the Same Anymore

Column by Bart Bishop
May 4, 2017 (0) comments
A look at Hadley Freeman's book 'Life Moves Pretty Fast' and its discussion of how '80s comedies have changed, with an emphasis on 'Ghostbusters' 2016.

Book vs. Film vs. Film: 'Trucks' vs. 'Maximum Overdrive' vs. 'Trucks'

Column by Christopher Shultz
May 4, 2017 (0) comments
Keep your brains for the story, check 'em at the door for the film, then pine for their cells after watching the TV movie.