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..."

5 Problems with the Humble Protagonist

Column by Susan DeFreitas April 22, 2015
Unconventional protagonists make for great fiction—but beware the humble protagonist, who will hamstring your novel at every turn.

5 Books that Say "Fuck You," not "Thank You"

Column by Ed Sikov
Thanksgiving? I call bullshit. It's a celebration of gluttony masquerading as gratitude. So here's an antidote: five books about ingratitude to take your mind off that awful sweet potato casserole.

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.

Storyville: Ten Awesome Authors You've Never Heard Of Before

Column by Richard Thomas November 19, 2012
Here are ten authors you've probably never heard of, and they are absolutely killing it.

What's The Value Of A Great Ending?

Column by Kelly Thompson September 17, 2012
What's the value of a great ending? When you botch it, does it ruin everything that came before, no matter how good?
Novels By Numbers: How To Write A Best Seller

Novels By Numbers: Finding Common Themes in Best-Selling Books

News by Dave Reuss May 30, 2012
A look at analyzing common themes shared by best-selling novels.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas March 13, 2012
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.