Support Independent Bookstores: The Bulwarks of Book Communities

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson spoke to three booksellers about indie bookstores, their importance, and how to support them.

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.

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..."

What I Learned at Gotham Writers Workshop's First-Ever Writing Conference

Column by Karis Rogerson
Writer and aspiring author Karis Rogerson went to Gotham Writers Workshop's first ever conference, and writes about a few of the takeaways.

Quit Your Job, Write Full Time

Column by Peter Derk
It's the dream, right? So what's the path?

Cancel Culture Is Ruining Publishing!

Column by Gabino Iglesias November 25, 2019
The social justice warriors have taken over publishing!

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 - Why Do Some Writers Get To Fail More Than Once?

Column by Nick Mamatas October 14, 2019
Some writers bounce back after a book bombs, while others are finished. Why?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — What Do Editors Do All Day?

Column by Nick Mamatas
What do editors do all day? Not edit!

What Does It Really Take to Get a Book Published?

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Publishing a book is a bucket-list item for a whole lot of us. But what does it actually take to get published?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Can I Break Out?

Column by Nick Mamatas
How seriously should midlisters take the pressure to finally write that breakout novel?

Defining Upmarket Fiction and the Role it Plays in Today’s Market

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
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.

5 Business Savvy Books Every Author Should Read

Column by Andrea J. Johnson July 8, 2019
We’ve identified five books that walk the line between craft and commercialism to offer writers the truth behind how their art becomes an entity when the marketing process begins.

What Does It take to Get a Job in Publishing?

Column by Marina Crouse June 11, 2019
One woman's catch-22 experience in the publishing industry.

5 Reasons Amazon is a Necessary Evil

Column by Gabino Iglesias
I hate Amazon as much as you, but I also love it. Yeah, it's complicated. Here's why.

Not There Yet: Diversity in Big Five Publishing

Column by Gabino Iglesias May 1, 2019
We need more diversity, and we need to fight those who tell us to stop asking for it.

When it Comes to Writing, Is There Such a Thing as Trying Too Hard?

Column by Annie Neugebauer March 15, 2019
What do people mean when they say someone is "trying too hard"? How does it apply to writers?

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”

Dirty Little Secrets, Part One: Why No One Cares About Your Protagonist

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”

"Indie for life! But wait...": The Agent Conundrum

Column by Gabino Iglesias January 24, 2019
To agent or not to agent, that is the question.

Ten Harsh Truths I Learned Writing a Moderately Successful Series For A Small Press

Column by Rob Hart July 10, 2018
Rob talks about some of the stuff he learned writing a five-book private detective series for Polis Books. Buckle up and get a helmet... it's gonna get bumpy.

Embracing the Missteps

Column by Keith Rosson
'The Mercy of the Tide' author Keith Rosson chronicles the starts and fits of getting published.

Don't Be Intimidated by Literary Journal Guidelines

Column by Justin Hunter
Putting your work out there can be intimidating. Journal guidelines can be intimidating. But there are ways to circumvent that intimidation in the name of publication.
Interview: Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

Interview: Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

Interview by Brandon Tietz December 18, 2017
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent with the prestigious Trident Media Group, which has represented many bestselling projects. Brandon Tietz of LitReactor interviews.

Why I Am Writing Under a New Name

Column by John Mantooth
John Mantooth's first book tanked. This is how he got back in the game.

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?