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Anatomy Of A Best Seller: Four Reasons "Gone Girl" is Such A Literary Juggernaut

Column by Christopher Shultz September 23, 2013
Gillian Flynn's third novel is still going strong on the New York Times Best Seller list, and there's a big Hollywood movie on the way. Just what is it about "Gone Girl" that people find so appealing?

Five More Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of: Rights, Royalties, Negotiating and more

Column by Jessica Meddows September 20, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on legal issues you should be aware of from the publishing side – rights, royalties, editing, nasty clauses and negotiation for authors.

5 Video Games that Would Have Made Better Novels

Column by Daniel Hope September 19, 2013
It's time to face virtual reality. Here are five games that would have been more interesting and enjoyable as books.

12 Unpublished Novels We Wish We Could Read

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky September 17, 2013
Unfinished, unrealized, lost or destroyed: these are the unpublished novels we desperately wish we could read.

5 Other Things You Shouldn't Say to Authors

Column by Brandon Tietz September 13, 2013
Our list of things you shouldn't say to authors extends in this second installment.

How The Rules Of Screenwriting Can Improve Your Prose Fiction

Column by Christopher Shultz September 12, 2013
Concise character and scene descriptions, emphasis on beats, lean dialogue, and page economy—the hallmarks of a well-written screenplay. Why not well-written prose, too?

A Little Bit of History: Six World War II Books You Shouldn't Miss

Column by Leah Rhyne September 11, 2013
It's important to remember the past. Here are six books to help you remember World War II.

TripLit: Who Am I? Love Letter Edition

Column by Tiffany Turpin Johnson September 6, 2013
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Everybody falls in love sometime. Etc. Can you guess which fictitious character would have written these love notes? Win a copy of Megan Abbott's DARE ME.

Thickening Skin: 6 Tips for Taking Criticism

Column by Robbie Blair September 4, 2013
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.

Nothing New Under The Sun: The Origins of 5 Common Literary Allusions Part 2

Column by Taylor Houston
Monkeys and horses and goats—Oh My! Five more common allusions explained.

Big In Japan: 12 Japanese Covers of Popular Bestsellers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky August 26, 2013
I went to Japan. Are their book covers as crazy as their food and their game shows? You be the judge.

The Kessel Run (in under 12 Parsecs): A Guide to the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Column by Rajan Khanna August 23, 2013
In the past 20 or so years, the Star Wars Expanded Universe—encompassing books, games, comics and more—has put out a bewildering number of releases. These are the ones to pay attention to.

10 Essential Elmore Leonard Novels: A Eulogy

Column by Ryan Peverly August 23, 2013
Here’s 10 essential books from the late, great Elmore Leonard to add to your reading list.

The 7 People You Meet in Workshop Hell

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard August 22, 2013
Where we look at such non-helpfuls as The Simon Cowell, who reduces group members to tears, and The Networker, who spends each session tweeting how everyone in the workshop is such a loser.

Gently Curving Prose: 10 Rules for Writing New Adult Fiction

Column by Cath Murphy August 22, 2013
While the arguments about self-pubbing rage, New Adult writers have been quietly making a shitload of cash. Produce your own NA masterpiece with these simple rules.

No One Cares About Your Life Story: 9 Tips for a Better Author Bio

Column by Cameron Pierce August 20, 2013
They're everywhere. In the backs of books and literary journals, on Facebook and in emails. They're author bios. Here are nine tips to help your author bio stand out among the hordes.

Listen Up!: 5 Awesome Lit-Based Podcasts

Column by Christopher Shultz August 19, 2013
Satiate your bookish listening desires with these free audio programs.

TripLit: 8 Audiobooks to Pimp Your Trip

Column by Tiffany Turpin Johnson August 12, 2013
Road trips can get pretty boring, unless you stock up on some great audiobooks to smooth the ride. Check out our suggestions for the perfect audiobook to match your trip.

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.

Satanic Summer: Horror Fiction for Hot Days

Column by Cameron Pierce August 9, 2013
Don't wait for October to break out the horror fiction. Here are fifteen scary novels and short stories for the hottest time of the year.

Peeling Back the Onion: 5 Books That Subvert Narrative Expectation

Column by Christopher Shultz
For twisty narratives that keep you guessing right up until the very end, you could do a lot worse than these five books.

10 Stories by Ray Bradbury That Would Make Great Movies

Column by Ben Umstead August 2, 2013
10 Stories by Ray Bradbury that Would Make Great Movies. 'Nuff Said.

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Column by Jessica Meddows August 2, 2013
Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.

5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Authors

Column by Brandon Tietz July 30, 2013
Five faux pas you should avoid while speaking with an author. Hey, we don't walk into where you work and say your job looks easy.

Chainsaw Hands and Fishbowl Hearts: The Ultimate Introduction to Bizarro Fiction

Column by Cameron Pierce July 26, 2013
At this point, you've probably encountered bizarro fiction. Whether you're familiar with the genre or just getting started, here are fourteen bizarro books to shock and surprise you.