Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Can I Break Out?

Column by Nick Mamatas
August 16, 2019
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
August 15, 2019
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
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
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
An extremely professional and not at all drunken review of 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.'
The Darkness of Paradise: An Interview with 'Miami Midnight' Author Alex Segura

The Darkness of Paradise: An Interview with 'Miami Midnight' Author Alex Segura

Interview by Erica Wright
August 12, 2019
Acclaimed author Erica Wright interviews Alex Segura on the eve of the release of 'Miami Midnight,' the final installment in his Pete Fernandez series.

How Is Magical Realism Different From Fantasy?

Column by Christopher Shultz
August 9, 2019
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
August 8, 2019
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
August 7, 2019
The library is your friend. Don't alienate it.

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Writing Outside Your Box

Column by BH Shepherd
August 6, 2019
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

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
August 5, 2019
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Am I Spider Rico?

Column by Nick Mamatas
August 2, 2019
Author, editor, and anthologist Nick Mamatas answers YOUR questions about writing and publishing. We're going beyond the basics.

Game of Thrones Was Born 23 Years Ago — Why The Books Will Forever Be Better Than the Show

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 1, 2019
Game of Thrones was born 23 years ago. Here are four reasons the books will forever be better than the show.

Building The Custom Notebook

Column by Peter Derk
July 31, 2019
Notebooks letting you down? Make your own!

Becoming a Reliable Shapeshifter: The Ever-Changing Nature of Brands

Column by Gabino Iglesias
July 30, 2019
Your brand can change. Change can be your brand. Here's how you can be a literary chameleon.

Storyville: How Travel Can Inform Your Writing

Column by Richard Thomas
July 29, 2019
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.

Comic Conventions Versus Pop Culture Conventions

Column by Peter Derk
July 26, 2019
Can the two peacefully co-exist?
"Tales From the Crust" Exclusive TOC and Cover Reveal!

"Tales From the Crust" Exclusive TOC and Cover Reveal!

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
July 26, 2019
The horror anthology you all thought was a joke is here and it is deadly serious. Courtesy of those maniacs over at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Taking Creative Control: How to Make Time for Writing in a Busy Schedule

Column by Karis Rogerson
July 25, 2019
A few tips that have helped me to sit down and write despite a pretty busy schedule. Here's hoping they work for you, too!

The Most Anticipated Books of 2019: The Second Half

Column by Gabino Iglesias
July 24, 2019
Here's what readers can look forward to between now and the end of 2019.

Everything You Need to Know About This Year's Hugo Nominees

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
July 23, 2019
The Hugo Award winners will be announced in August. Here's what you need to know about the finalists.

13 Reasons Why Your Novel Sucks At Diversity

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
July 22, 2019
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.

Fountain Pens: Useful Tools or Hipster Affectation?

Column by Peter Derk
July 19, 2019
Don't pick a pen because you want to be liked, and while you're at it, go ahead and forget about writing to be liked, too.

10 Leo Authors And Their Most Leo Works

Column by Christopher Shultz
July 18, 2019
We're nearing the time of the lion, and these writers, along with their creations, have claws.

Revisiting Old Works-in-Progress: 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of It

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
July 17, 2019
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.