Column by Fred Venturini
Ask an author how long it took them to write a book, and the answer is always different. Here are three times a novel is finished, and how they each relate to author mindset.
Column by Justin Hunter
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
Column by Repo Kempt
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
Column by Peter Derk December 28, 2017
Why is the new Microsoft Word trying to boss me around?
Interview by Annie Neugebauer
An interview with Dan Coxon--an award-winning editor, author, copy-editor and proofreader--about his fields, genres, and new weird literary journal, "Tales From the Shadow Booth."
Column by Repo Kempt August 28, 2017
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Column by Patrick Wensink August 23, 2017
Patrick Wensink finally wrote a book you can read with your kids. Barely.
Column by Christoph Paul July 27, 2017
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
Column by Peter Derk
Some signs it may be time to walk away, plus 9 fixes for you over-editors out there.
Interview by Fred Venturini April 20, 2017
Michael Nye is here to help authors get inside the head of an editor and avoid the slush pile.
Column by Holly Kothe November 23, 2016
This week, I want to share some tips from The Other Side about what to do if you make the leap to hire a freelance editor for your manuscript. Here's what to do--and what to avoid.
Column by Leah Rhyne October 26, 2016
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
A Conversation With Tobias Carroll On Short Stories Versus Novels, Teaching, And His Two New Books, 'Reel' And 'Transitory'Interview by Rob Hart October 13, 2016
Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn editor and LitReactor instructor, is now the author of two novels. When does he find the time? Find out here...
Column by Holly Kothe October 4, 2016
“Author query” can be a confusing term. We know how frustrating and delicate writing queries for agents and publishers can be. This is a whole other circus: the query from the Other Side.
Interview by Rob Hart September 12, 2016
Michael Hendricks, the hitman who hits hitters, is back. To mark the occasion Chris Holm talks a little shop. Specifically, what goes into writing propulsive narratives about bad men.
Column by Max Booth III August 15, 2016
Here's why your dumb story keeps getting rejected.
Column by Peter Derk June 13, 2016
10 hard-won lessons learned during a one-week, grown-up writing job.
Column by Susan DeFreitas March 18, 2016
No one wants your book to be perfect more than your proofreader. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
Column by George Cotronis January 20, 2016
You want to edit your own writing. Here's how to get started.
Column by Peter Derk
A magical, whimsical poem is given the editor's best.
Column by Riki Cleveland October 7, 2015
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
Column by Rajan Khanna September 10, 2015
Rajan Khanna offers up lessons learned from writing 'Rising Tide,' his second novel and the sequel to 'Falling Sky.'
Column by Rajan Khanna
Rajan Khanna's first novel, 'Falling Sky', sold without an ending. Here are some lessons learned from the novel's conception through its publication.
Column by Susan DeFreitas June 4, 2015
Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.
Column by Leah Rhyne June 1, 2015
There comes a time in every author's life where they get to see their book on paper...and then they tear it up, write all over it, and do it all over again. I'm there now. Let's talk about it.