23 Translations: What Your Editor's Queries REALLY Mean

Column by Holly Slater 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.

John Swartzwelder Is The Funniest Writer You're Not Reading

Column by Peter Derk June 27, 2016
Truly funny books are not easy to come by. Lucky for us, John Swartzwelder has written a dozen.

Every Anne Rice Novel Summarized in 140 Characters or Less

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 19, 2016
The Anne Rice oeuvre gets the Twitter treatment for the uninitiated.

11 Chumptastic Reasons That Book Clubs Are For Chumps

Column by Peter Derk April 28, 2016
Book clubs are for chumps. I'll prove it in 10 reasons or less.

10 Reasons Why Books Are Always Better Than Boys

Column by Riki Cleveland
Books or boys? How is a girl to chose? Here are ten reasons why books will never let you down.

Six Ways Pets Improve Your Writing

Column by Raine Winters April 19, 2016
WARNING: Extreme cuteness contained within.

Every Danielle Steel Novel Summarized in 140 Characters or Less

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky April 1, 2016
Three interns died while researching this article. Their efforts were not in vain.

Editor's Notes: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Column by Peter Derk
A magical, whimsical poem is given the editor's best.
Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Review by Leah Rhyne January 12, 2015
In Joe Nelms' 'Formerly Fingerman', the classic Mafia tale gets a silly, giggly, heartbreaking makeover.
Hello Devilfish

Bookshots: 'Hello Devilfish!' by Ron Dakron

Review by Ryan Peverly
Ron Dakron's "Hello Devilfish!" is part comic absurdity, part serious social commentary, and all entertainment all the time.
Pynchon Punch-Up On Simpsons Script

Pynchon Punch-Up On Simpsons Script

News by Peter Derk
Thomas Pynchon's handwritten edits to his Simpsons script revealed!

How To Break Up With Your First Draft

Column by Christine J. Schmidt April 14, 2014
You're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!

In Defence of Snark: Why Dark Humour Can Save Your Life

Column by Cath Murphy March 24, 2014
Did something terrible happen? Don't cry. Don't bore your friends with the details. Pick up a pen and write a joke about it.
Bookshots: 'Little Failure: A Memoir' by Gary Shteyngart

Bookshots: 'Little Failure: A Memoir' by Gary Shteyngart

Review by Leah Dearborn
Shteyngart offers up all the embarrassments of his childhood as fodder, resulting in a very personal portrait of a flawed but loving family.

Twisted And Wrong: 6 Children's Books Intended for Adults

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 14, 2013
Not all children's books are created equal. Here are a few gems written just for you, grownup.

What Would Jesus Write?

Column by Robbie Blair August 16, 2013
A pseudo-serious examination of who Jesus would be if he were a modern writer, one that answers questions about Jesus's genre, style, theme, and approach to publishing.

Five Inappropriate Parenting Books Every Reader Will Enjoy

Column by Stephanie Bonjack August 9, 2013
Parenting books are good at conveying a deep sense of inadequacy - even if you're not a parent! Fortunately, comedic writers have responded in kind. Here's to you, Dr. Sears.

10 More Hysterical, Offensive, Ridiculous, Controversial, Frightening, Sexy Book Covers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 30, 2013
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but these designs make it awfully hard not to. Maybe even more so than the previous batch.
Shhhhhh! This is a library!

Super Bowl Ad Destroys Library

News by Dean Fetzer February 5, 2013
Ads during the big game have a reputation to uphold and if you were watching it, you probably saw a library get demolished — in an ad for Oreos.

Say Cheese! 12 Terrible Photos of Bestselling Authors

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky December 10, 2012
If a picture is worth a thousand words, these authors need a good editor, STAT!
Philip Roth Doesn't Get Along With The Internet

Philip Roth Doesn't Get Along With The Internet

News by Benoît Lelièvre September 11, 2012
Philip Roth tries to correct Wikipedia inaccuracies about "The Human Stain" and is told he's not a credible source.

A Game of Literary F, Marry, Kill

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky August 31, 2012
Which of these literary characters would make the better lay, the better spouse, the better murder victim?

12 Hysterical, Offensive, Ridiculous, Controversial, Frightening, Sexy Book Covers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky July 30, 2012
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but these 12 designs make it awfully hard not to.

What's in a Name? Cooking with Poo and Other Strange Titles Compete for Prize

News by John Jarzemsky February 27, 2012
An annual prize awards the most bizarrely titled books of the year.

“Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”: Malaprops, Puns, Spoonerisms, Eggcorns, and other hilarity-inducing word mix-ups.

Column by Taylor Houston January 12, 2012
Words are flexible and a writer can have a lot of fun using these devices.