Top 5s, Top 10s, even Top 8's. Everyone loves lists! And we have a ton of 'em!

Five Kick-Ass Small-Press Books That Deserve a Bigger Readership

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 8, 2016
Books from big publishers tend to get big love from media outlets, booksellers, and readers. But the small press publishing landscape is full of books that are just as great, but weirder.

When Writers Do It Wrong: The Top 10 Ways To Annoy Your Twitter Followers

Column by Annie Neugebauer September 8, 2016
Tweet less. Tweet better. Tweet relevantly. And for the love of all that is holy, stop annoying your followers. Here’s the 10 most annoying things I see writers do on Twitter, plus how to fix them.

10 Super Weird Things About 'The Da Vinci Code'

Column by Peter Derk
Are the secrets surrounding 'The Da Vinci Code' juicier than the secrets contained within? No. But they might be more entertaining.

Why These 5 Books Are On So Many School Reading Lists

Column by Leah Dearborn September 6, 2016
You may love them, you may hate them, but these classic literature 101 titles aren't going anywhere any time soon.

Hoax! 4 Truly (or Falsely) Great Literary Frauds

Column by Ed Sikov September 1, 2016
Novelists are professional liars. This isn't news. So why do some authors feel the need to take their lying one step further and claim they're writing memoirs when they're making the whole thing up?

6 Ways Non-Writerly Spouses Help Improve Your Craft

Column by Raine Winters
Because everyone can assist in this whole "writing hobby thing."

My Favorite Reads Of 2016 So Far

Column by Keith Rawson August 30, 2016
Keith Rawson trots out his list of the best books so far this year.

6 Podcast Episodes That Will Make You a Better Writer

Column by Max Booth III August 29, 2016
Check out some podcasts that'll help improve your craft.

Swipe left: Seven Sick Literary Hook-ups

Column by JS Breukelaar
The fictional hook-ups that mess with our minds are the ones that take on a dark life of their own, and any pretense to playing God on the part of the author, just goes out the window.

9 Literary Treats Made Into Musicals

Column by Holly Kothe
Having a background in musical theater, I'm familiar with several books turned musicals. You can make practically anything into a musical. Here's a few gems that took off, and some that tanked.

Ashes To Ashes: 6 Books About Funerals

Column by Leah Dearborn
These authors don't just address the difficult and often taboo subject of human mortality, they also play with it, using wit and skill to shine a light on the dark moments at the end of a life.

8 of the Worst (and Best) Book-to-Film Adaptations

Column by Raine Winters August 19, 2016
Dear Hollywood: Please stop destroying my favorite books.

5 Story Opening Clichés That Need to Die

Column by Max Booth III August 15, 2016
Here's why your dumb story keeps getting rejected.

8 Mini Grammar Studies in Modern Music

Column by Holly Kothe
Music is a great way to remember specific details. When you take a closer look at the lyrics in certian songs, you can easily remember tricky grammar devices and spend less time looking things up.

Buy Your Villain a Birthday Present: 5 More Development Exercises

Column by Leah Dearborn August 11, 2016
Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:

Can I Survive ONE Choose Your Own Adventure Book?

Column by Peter Derk August 10, 2016
Ready to die a thousand deaths?

The Strange Day Jobs of Five Fiction Writers

Column by Michael David Wilson July 29, 2016
Exploring the strange day jobs of five writers and how their jobs impact their writing.

6 Tips For Cleaning Up Your Dirty Words (Grammatically, Of Course)

Column by Holly Kothe July 26, 2016
You don’t want your expletives to be too dirty. I mean, the fun kind of dirty, yes, but dirty, lousy with grammar and punctuation mistakes? No fuckin’ way.

10 Non-Fiction Books That Changed My Life

Column by Michael David Wilson July 22, 2016
Michael David Wilson examines ten non-fiction books that have changed his life for the better.

The Weird World Of Marvel What If's

Column by Peter Derk July 21, 2016
WWII in space, Wolverine as a vampire, Dazzler better than ever, and the weird, wild world of Marvel What If's?

12 Grammar and Writing Tips from Archer

Column by Taylor Houston July 15, 2016
The animated show 'Archer' is a grammar-lovers wet dream.

8 Places To Write: Writing When and Where You Can

Column by Michael David Wilson
We explore some of the places to take advantage of gaps in time and write.

Shameless! 5 Guerilla Tactics for Promoting Your Debut Novel

Column by Susan DeFreitas July 8, 2016
If you're publishing your debut novel with a small press, you won't have the kind of publicity behind you offered by the big houses—which is all the more reason to think out of the box.

5 Tips on Researching Legal Jargon for Writers

Column by Repo Kempt July 7, 2016
Whether your protagonist is a hotshot attorney walking into a murder trial or a convicted criminal awaiting his appeal, it’s important that you maintain your authority by using the correct jargon.

5 Things You Never Knew About Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Never Thought To Ask

Column by Leah Dearborn
To celebrate Nathaniel Hawthorne's 212th birthday, here's a few tidbits that you may not have known about this stalwart man of letters.