No, You’re Freaking Out About Your New Book!

Column by Gabino Iglesias November 1, 2018
Okay, so maybe I'm freaking out a bit about having "Coyote Songs" out in the world...

Library Love: The Future is Open

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Open Access is a movement that seeks to circumvent barriers preventing access to information. Think traditional publishing is the only way to go? Think again.

It Took Me 10 Years to Publish My Poetry Collection

Column by Christoph Paul
The highs, lows, and peace that comes with finally finishing a poetry collection.

Ten Harsh Truths I Learned Writing a Moderately Successful Series For A Small Press

Column by Rob Hart July 10, 2018
Rob talks about some of the stuff he learned writing a five-book private detective series for Polis Books. Buckle up and get a helmet... it's gonna get bumpy.
Interview: Justin Kassab of Akashic Imprint Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books

Interview: Justin Kassab of Akashic Imprint Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books

Interview by Christoph Paul
We talk publishing with Justin Kassab, the Managing Editor of Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books.

What It Really Takes to Get Your First Book Published: 5 Critical Factors

Column by Susan DeFreitas
I you've worked hard, put in your ten thousand hours, and still not broken through with your first book deal, this post is for you.

3 Things Critique Groups Are Great For (and 3 Things They Really Aren't)

Column by Susan DeFreitas
A high-quality critique group can help you level up as a writer in a big way——just be aware that there are some things they generally can’t do.

Writing: All It Takes Is Guts

Column by C.S. Humble March 22, 2018
C.S. Humble, author of "The Massacre at Yellow Hill", talks beer, barbarians, and encouraging words from the one-and-only Joe Lansdale.

Embracing the Missteps

Column by Keith Rosson
'The Mercy of the Tide' author Keith Rosson chronicles the starts and fits of getting published.

8 Submission Strategies That Get Results

Column by Susan DeFreitas January 16, 2018
Ready to get more of your work published? Level up your submissions game in 2018.
Interview: Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

Interview: Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb

Interview by Brandon Tietz December 18, 2017
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent with the prestigious Trident Media Group, which has represented many bestselling projects. Brandon Tietz of LitReactor interviews.

Why I Am Writing Under a New Name

Column by John Mantooth
John Mantooth's first book tanked. This is how he got back in the game.

The Agony & the Ecstasy of the Best-Seller List

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Why did Regnery Publishing quit the New York Times best-seller list? How do best-seller lists work anyway?

Three Things Nobody Told Me About Having a Children’s Book Published

Column by Patrick Wensink August 23, 2017
Patrick Wensink finally wrote a book you can read with your kids. Barely.

The Life Expectancy of a Novel

Column by Max Booth III
There are so many books on this planet being published every single day, and it’s rude to take up any further space than we rightfully deserve.

How to Take Edits 101

Column by Christoph Paul July 27, 2017
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.

10 Things Selling Books at Festivals and Cons Has Taught Me About Writing

Column by Christoph Paul May 5, 2017
I give ten examples of how tabling at book festivals has helped my writing improve.

10 New Female Authors That Should Be On Your Radar

Column by Gabino Iglesias April 21, 2017
With so much going on in publishing, it's easy to lose track of what's new. Here are some outstanding female authors that should be on your radar.

Writers: Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Start a Patreon

Column by Max Booth III April 14, 2017
Thinking about starting a Patreon but unsure if it's the right decision? We're here to help.

10 Mistakes I Made as a Debut Novelist

Column by Susan DeFreitas April 10, 2017
When I signed the contract on my first novel, I thought I knew what to look for--and what to expect. As it turned out, I was wrong.

On Writing Books for Nobody

Column by Phil Jourdan March 28, 2017
Why would anybody write a book they never intend to publish? It turns out, when you are truly writing for nobody but yourself, the act of writing becomes a very different thing.

8 Reasons to Avoid the Novel and Focus on Short Stories

Column by Brandon Tietz March 23, 2017
Are you an aspiring author just beginning their journey? You think you're ready to take on the novel? You very well might be, but we've got eight reasons why you should hold off on that.

Zines: Dead Or Alive-er Than Ever?

Column by Peter Derk March 10, 2017
Has the zine died? Or is it more powerful than ever?

An Agent is a Living M.F.A.

Column by Christoph Paul March 1, 2017
I compare the benefits of getting an M.F.A to the education you get from an agent. I conclude that you get more out of working with an agent than attending an M.F.A. program.

AWP 2017: Tiny Fish, Giant Ocean

Column by Leah Rhyne February 15, 2017
Some stories and pictures from the LitReactor table at #AWP2017 (aka the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2017 Conference).