Ask Nick: Publishing 201: Why Are Small Presses Almost Always So Awful?

Column by Nick Mamatas
April 2, 2020
Small presses are doomed to fail because mostly only people with no business sense would ever found one.

5 Classic Books to Re-Visit for International Children’s Book Day

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
April 2, 2020
To celebrate International Children's Book Day, here are five formative children’s books to dust off and re-visit on April 2.

Most Mischievous Pranksters in Literature

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
April 1, 2020
April Fool's is canceled this year (thank God!), but that doesn't mean we can't look to the past. So here are some of the most inventive and sly figures in literature.

"Star Trek: Picard" is Having Too Much Fun

Column by BH Shepherd
March 31, 2020
A review of the Star Trek spinoff featuring Jean-Luc Picard.

5 Comfort Reads to Remind You of the World’s Resilience

Column by Lisa Bubert
March 30, 2020
Since our whole world is upside down right now, I figured we could use some uplifting reads.

Big-Time Author Bucket List

Column by Peter Derk
March 27, 2020
Everybody needs one. And you need to make it BEFORE you're big time.

Would You Please Read This? How to Get Book Blurbs

Column by Gabino Iglesias
March 26, 2020
Along with writing a great synopsis, getting blurbs is something that gives many writers nightmares. Here are some tips to help you do it better.

13 Indie Publishers Producing Fresh, Hot, Horror Fiction

Column by Sadie Hartmann
March 25, 2020
A baker's dozen of indie publishers changing the landscape of horror fiction for the better.

Overcoming Self-Hype Block

Column by Christoph Paul
March 24, 2020
A meditation on self-hype/-marketing/-branding block.

Is The Novel Dead?

Column by Peter Derk
March 23, 2020
The accumulated filth will look up and shout "SHORTER! SHORTER COLUMNS!" ...and I'll look down and whisper, "No. Because you see, the real thing is..."

Why I'm Writing Poetry Again: A Celebration of National Poetry Day

Column by Karis Rogerson
March 20, 2020
In light of the UN's World Poetry Day, Karis Rogerson explores how she started writing poetry again, and how it's helped.

How To Help Out Writers During A Pandemic (and How Writers Can Help Themselves)

Column by Christopher Shultz
March 19, 2020
Some say writers are born for social distancing, but that may not be the case.

The Strange Case of Hazel Drew

Column by Leza Cantoral
March 18, 2020
Few are familiar with the mysterious murder that would go on to inspire the television show, "Twin Peaks."

The Most Interesting Cover Trends That Emerged in 2019 — And What We Can Expect in 2020

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
March 17, 2020
Let's take a walk down memory lane — here is an investigation of the most interesting, prevalent cover designs of 2019, as well as a forecast of the coming year.

Storyville: Using a Chorus in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
March 16, 2020
Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.

Stay Positive, and Write

Column by Cina Pelayo
March 13, 2020
As writers, we assume that writing is an enjoyable task. Here are some tips on how to stay happy and be creative.

20 Mind Destroying Secrets about Ghostwriting

Column by Jay Wilburn
March 12, 2020
If ghostwriting is something you are considering or you are just morbidly curious, there are some realities about this world you will want to know.

Spring Cleaning For Writers

Column by Peter Derk
March 11, 2020
Dust off that old short story, organize your scraps of poems, and throw away that manuscript that's been sitting in the attic.

How to Get Paid as a Freelancer

Column by Gabino Iglesias
March 10, 2020
You did the work. Now it's time to get paid. Here's how you make sure that happens.

Can One-Star Reviews Still Convince Readers to Buy Books?

Column by Sadie Hartmann
March 9, 2020
It's easy to assume that five-star, glowing reviews are able to convince readers to buy a book, but what about those ranty, complaining reviews from Negative Nancy? Do those sell books too?

12 Tools Every Self-Published Author Should Have in Their Toolkit

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
March 6, 2020
To help all those aspiring indie authors out there, here’s a list of some of the best tools for navigating the world of publishing.

Celebrate Women In Horror All Year Long With Season-Specific Reading

Column by Christopher Shultz
March 5, 2020
Women In Horror month might be over and done with, but that shouldn't stop you from consuming terrifying works by ladies year round.

Throwing Your Own AWP

Column by Christoph Paul
March 4, 2020
If you can't make it to AWP this year, here are some things you can do to bring AWP to you.

A Brief History of Invisible Men in Literature

Column by Peter Derk
March 3, 2020
They're all around you! Nothing can stop them!

Read Across America to Celebrate Literacy and Dr. Seuss

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
March 2, 2020
A day for reading is something you've been needing.