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Ask The Agent: 20 Insights Into a Successful Agent/Client Relationship

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

LURID: Oooh Mama! Top 10 Bad Mother Figures

Column by Karina Wilson May 10, 2013
Your Mom is lovely. Buy her some flowers. Meanwhile, Lurid takes a look at the not-so-lovely Moms who smash the maternal mold.

Storyville: Why Write Short Stories At All?

Column by Richard Thomas May 1, 2013
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.

Five Authors Who Prove It's Never Too Late To Start Writing

Column by Kimberly Turner April 29, 2013
Turning 30, or 50, or 60 without penning a bestseller doesn't mean you're washed up. These authors will inspire you to stop obsessing over prodigious 20-year-old wunderkind and write your damned book.

Life-Changers and Soul-Crushers: 3 Books I Feel Blessed to Have Read & 3 I Wish I Could Obliterate from My Memory

Column by Taylor Houston April 26, 2013
Let the debates begin! Three books that made me want to be a better writer and better person, and three books that made me want to gouge my eyes out.

7 F***in' Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine

Column by Phil Jourdan April 25, 2013
Tired of bland, unhelpful advice about creating effective writing habits? Here's how one guy tripled his daily word count.

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.

6 Tips on Reading to Train the Writer's Eye

Column by Robbie Blair April 17, 2013
This article goes beyond simply reading, exploring ways you can maximize your learning experience with every piece you encounter.

Reading With Purpose: Four Reasons Every Writer Should Join a Book Club

Column by Christopher Shultz April 16, 2013
As bookish people, writers will enjoy the variety, lively discussions, and opportunities for critical thinking that book clubs offer.

Library Love: Five Libraries In Film You'll Never Forget

Column by Stephanie Bonjack April 12, 2013
Sometimes, a library scene in a film stays with us longer than the film itself. What's your favorite library moment from the big screen?

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.

You Are What You Read: The Nutritionist's Guide to Readers

Column by Cath Murphy April 9, 2013
We have lots of words to describe the way people eat food, but not for how they consume books. What if we were to apply dietary descriptors to reading?

Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using

Column by Rob Hart April 5, 2013
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.

10 Big-Time Literary Druggies

Column by Ed Sikov April 5, 2013
An acid trip down memory lane: writers who achieved fame and fortune as (mostly) unrepentant drug users.

Cut!: 4 Strategies for Trimming Your Content

Column by Robbie Blair April 3, 2013
Struggling to make effective cuts? This article walks you through four strategies for trimming, tightening, and focusing your work.

Defying Decomposition: The Enduring Zombie

Column by Rajan Khanna April 2, 2013
In honor of Easter, a look at what keeps zombies popular and some examples of great zombie fiction.

Game of Shows: George R. R. Martin's Future Television Prospects

Column by Rajan Khanna March 29, 2013
'Game of Thrones' writer George R. R. Martin will develop more series for HBO over the next two year. Rajan Khanna takes a look at some possibilities.

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

Column by Taylor Houston March 27, 2013
Do you ever feel like you are reading the same things over and over again? Well, you are. Here are five familiar literary allusions explained.

The 10 Books That Taught Me Everything I Know About Sex

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky March 22, 2013
Consider this a warning: Properly educate your children about sex OR THEY WILL TURN OUT LIKE ME!

The Write Time: 6 Strategies to Make Your Writing Schedule Sacred

Column by Robbie Blair March 20, 2013
How can we keep ourselves writing each day? How can we make sure that the time we've set aside to write remains sacred? Here are a few strategies I've developed over the years.

10 More Words You Literally Didn't Know You Were Getting Wrong

Column by Taylor Houston March 15, 2013
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.

Sixguns & Sorcery: The Weird Western

Column by Rajan Khanna March 14, 2013
A look at the Weird Western subgenre with five great examples.

From Elphaba To Grendel: Ten Twisted Fairy Tales

Column by Meredith Borders March 8, 2013
Ten modern takes on your favorite classic fairy tales and legends.

8 Ways to Flesh Out a Character

Column by Robbie Blair March 6, 2013
Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.

The Fine Line Between Experimental and Crap

Column by Cath Murphy March 5, 2013
Fetch the electrodes and the test tubes, Igor! It's time to perform some literary experiments....