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

10 Bloodlust-Satisfying Deaths in Fiction

Column by Christopher Shultz May 8, 2015
WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS. Sometimes, there are villains in fiction that we hate with a burning passion, and seeing them die satiates our bloodlusty desires.

4 Great Literary Moms

Column by Ed Sikov May 7, 2015
A brief survey of that peculiar and rare literary character: the good mother.

Reach a Wider Audience: 11 Foreign Literary Markets

Column by George Cotronis May 6, 2015
Reach a wider audience, get paid for existing work: Sell the foreign rights to your stories.

Five Captivating YA Fantasies

Column by Riki Cleveland April 30, 2015
When it comes to transporting readers to a whole new world, no genre is quite as captivating as fantasy, and in young adult literature, there is a wealth of stories just waiting to take you away.

Five Ways Scrivener Can Help Your Work In Progress

Column by Karina Wilson April 29, 2015
Why Scrivener? What can it do for your writing? Go beyond the "click here" tutorials and consider how this software can improve your work habits and the quality of your content.

I Killed Twenty People (But Not the Dog): 10 Things I Learned Writing HIT, My Violent Teen Assassin Novel

Column by Delilah S. Dawson April 28, 2015
Delilah S. Dawson shares what she learned while writing her latest novel—from the importance of counting clocks to letting the characters say the wrong thing. And why you just don't kill a dog.

5 Things I Would Like To See The Crime Fiction Community Stop Doing In 2015

Column by Keith Rawson April 24, 2015
Here's 5 things Keith Rawson would like the crime fiction community to change in 2015. (By the way, it's really only one thing.)

14 Reasons We Love List Articles

Column by Robbie Blair
The "list article" is now omnipresent. Why do we write these articles so often? Why do people seem to prefer them to non-list articles? This article explores those questions.

An Open Letter to the Indie Bookstore

Column by Brandon Tietz April 9, 2015
We've lost a lot of indie bookstores recently. Here's 4 things to remember as they battle the likes of Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

5 Reasons Why We Love Lannisters (and Other Morally Gray Characters)

Column by Robbie Blair April 3, 2015
A look at why morally gray characters are so compelling, using the Lannisters of Westeros as my primary examples. Beware: Spoilers abound!

Gotcha! Six Epic Pranks Found in Literature

Column by Raine Winters
In celebration of April Fool's Day, here is a list of books containing famous scenes of tomfoolery.

8 Undateable Male Characters

Column by Christine J. Schmidt
I'll read about them, but I won't take them up on dinner.

Murder Most Foul: Five Killer YA Mysteries

Column by Riki Cleveland
In these five novels, the authors have murder on their minds, and no crime is too grisly, even for a YA audience.

Trash or Treasure? A List of Five Obscure Literary Movements

Column by Leah Dearborn
From to Spiralism to Martian poetry, not every idea finds a solid foothold in history or a wide audience.

Storyville: Ten Sexual Influences That Really Work

Column by Richard Thomas March 18, 2015
Here is a list of ten sexual influences that I think work really well.

Taboo: Six New Adult Books About Student-Teacher Romance

Column by Riki Cleveland March 12, 2015
From a classic by Colleen Hoover to fresh New Adult by Dahlia Adler, we’re exploring the exciting student-teacher taboo in romance lit.

Five of the Juiciest Literary Lawsuits

Column by Jessica Meddows
The literary world is anything but free from lawsuit drama... read on for the most outrageous legal battles in literature.

Five Asinine Things Writers Hate to Hear

Column by Ed Sikov March 6, 2015
A selection of idiotic questions and comments that ruin a writer's day.

Mathematicians Among Us: 10 Books With a Numerical Heart

Column by Leah Dearborn
A list of books to honor Pi Day on March 14 by incorporating a subject many writers shy away from: mathematics.

Five Reasons Not to Give Up on Your WIP

Column by Raine Winters March 4, 2015
Quitting is easy. Continuing to write: that's the hard part. Here's five reasons why you should never give up on a WIP.

5 Realty Listings That Could Be Your Character’s New Home

Column by Leah Dearborn
Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue

Column by Susan DeFreitas February 23, 2015
Dialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.

10 Great Loose Film Adaptations

Column by Christopher Shultz February 20, 2015
The term "loose adaption" can make bookish people cringe. But there are plenty of amazing films that don't religiously stick to the source material. Here are ten.

Sneaking Around in YA: 6 Kickass Female Spies

Column by Riki Cleveland
Whether they're fighting crime in the halls of the local high school, or fending off the the bad guys in Cold-war Russia, these girls know how to kick butt and take some names.