The Agony & the Ecstasy of the Best-Seller List

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Why did Regnery Publishing quit the New York Times best-seller list? How do best-seller lists work anyway?

The Life Expectancy of a Novel

Column by Max Booth III
There are so many books on this planet being published every single day, and it’s rude to take up any further space than we rightfully deserve.

8 Reasons to Avoid the Novel and Focus on Short Stories

Column by Brandon Tietz March 23, 2017
Are you an aspiring author just beginning their journey? You think you're ready to take on the novel? You very well might be, but we've got eight reasons why you should hold off on that.

AWP 2017: Tiny Fish, Giant Ocean

Column by Leah Rhyne February 15, 2017
Some stories and pictures from the LitReactor table at #AWP2017 (aka the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2017 Conference).

5 Tips for Writing Short Stories That Sell

Column by George Cotronis February 9, 2017
This is your year. Get published.

What I Hate About Being A Writer

Column by Ed Sikov
In which a LitReactor columnist spews out all the bile in his soul, a bit of self-contempt, and most of all, his well-known but still underappreciated misanthropy.
Books As Weapons of Choice: An Interview with Katie Eelman of Cutlass Press

Books As Weapons of Choice: An Interview with Katie Eelman of Cutlass Press

Interview by Christopher Irvin
An interview with Katie Eelman, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cutlass Press.

Bookstores As Innovators

Column by Leah Dearborn
The truth is that books and printers have always stretched the limits of technology, and over the past decade or so, bookstores have fought declining sales with creativity.
The New Binge-Ability Of Books

The New Binge-Ability Of Books

News by Peter Derk June 9, 2016
Forget waiting, we want binge-able books, and we want them now!
‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyer Lands Book Deal

‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyer Lands Book Deal

News by Raine Winters March 10, 2016
The story of Steven Avery isn’t over just yet.

Read the Instructions & Other Things You Don’t Know About Getting Published

Column by Joe Biel
Despite how things may seem, often times success in publishing is determined by how well we follow basic guidelines, schedules, and procedures.
Oyster eBook Service Shuts Down

Oyster eBook Service Shuts Down, Future of eBooks In Question

News by Peter Derk September 24, 2015
What does the Oyster shutdown and the fall in eBook sales all mean, really?

In Defense Of The Big 6

Column by Keith Rawson April 29, 2015
Is the Big 6 a graveyard of creativity, or hot bed returning to its former glory?
HarperCollins at War with Amazon

HarperCollins at War with Amazon

News by Raine Winters April 2, 2015
Who didn’t see this coming?
Amazon Can Fix Your Toilet

Amazon Can Fix Your Toilet

News by Peter Derk
Amazon will hook you up with someone to fix your toilet. This is real.

Why Six Figure Advances Will Destroy the Publishing Industry

Column by Cath Murphy February 26, 2015
The six figure publishing deal for debut novels is back. Here's why it needs to go away again. Forever.

The Big Six: A Glance Back at the History of Publishing

Column by Leah Dearborn January 12, 2015
This handful of companies wields a great deal of influence over the written word. But how did they begin, and how did they get to be so big?

Seven Important Marketing Lessons We Can Learn From the Bestselling Books of 2014

Column by Cath Murphy December 23, 2014
Why pay big bucks to marketing consultancies when unlocking the secrets of the bestseller is a simple matter of looking at Amazon lists and making a few snap judgments?

The Ethical Author

Column by Dean Fetzer December 17, 2014
Do we have a responsibility to our readers to behave ethically when we market our books?
Hachette and Amazon Freeze Over Hell, Come To Agreement

Hachette and Amazon Freeze Over Hell, Come To Agreement

News by Peter Derk
After a period of controversy and questionable business practices all around, Hachette and Amazon sign eBook agreement.
Sweet Or Low: The Novel That Ads Built

Sweet or Low: The Novel That Ads Built

News by Peter Derk November 3, 2014
Is Hillary Carlip's new project full of sweet highs, or is it all artificial lows?

Five Terrifying Things About Getting Published

Column by Ed Sikov October 17, 2014
You think that getting published would be a joyous occasion. Think again. It's a horror show.

10 Soul-Crushing Things About Writing in 2014

Column by Phil Jourdan August 14, 2014
Find it hard promoting yourself, dealing with incompetent online reviewers, or taking writing advice from viral marketers? You're not alone.