8 Reasons to Avoid the Novel and Focus on Short Stories

Column by Brandon Tietz March 23, 2017 (3) comments
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 (1) comments
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 (3) comments
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 (1) comments
Some stories and pictures from the LitReactor table at #AWP2017 (aka the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2017 Conference).

What I Hate About Being A Writer

Column by Ed Sikov
In which a LitReactor columnist spews out all the bile in his soul, a bit of self-contempt, and most of all, his well-known but still underappreciated misanthropy.

15 Books by POC You Should Buy Before Buying Rachel Dolezal's Nonsense

Column by Gabino Iglesias January 30, 2017 (4) comments
Literature by POC is now more important than ever. Here are fifteen outstanding books to get you started.

Shameless! 5 Guerilla Tactics for Promoting Your Debut Novel

Column by Susan DeFreitas July 8, 2016 (3) comments
If you're publishing your debut novel with a small press, you won't have the kind of publicity behind you offered by the big houses—which is all the more reason to think out of the box.

Library Love: Incunabula – Dracula’s Bookshelf

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Incunabula are the earliest known printed books. They tell the tale of power and greed, invention and creative expression. There's also mention of Dracula.

Try To Be A Ghost: The Life and Times Of A Professional Ghostwriter

Column by Keith Rawson May 16, 2016 (6) comments
A brief update on Keith Rawson's life as a full time ghost writer.

Crowdfunding for Writers: 10 Tips for Running a Successful Patreon Campaign

Column by Susan DeFreitas April 26, 2016 (2) comments
Wondering which platform is the best fit for your writing? The new kid on the crowdfunding block may be your new best friend.

Five (Dirty Little) Truths about Proofreading

Column by Susan DeFreitas March 18, 2016 (1) comments
No one wants your book to be perfect more than your proofreader. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
Amy Schumer’s New Book Out in August

Amy Schumer’s New Book Out in August

News by Raine Winters March 14, 2016 (1) comments
Will you be reading?

Read the Instructions & Other Things You Don’t Know About Getting Published

Column by Joe Biel
Despite how things may seem, often times success in publishing is determined by how well we follow basic guidelines, schedules, and procedures.

Path to Publication: The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Second Novel

Column by Rob Hart February 9, 2016 (7) comments
Rob Hart revives his Path to Publication column to talk about the release of his second novel, and reveals his three mistakes, three successes, and three goals for the future.

10 Mistakes (Almost) Every Rookie Writer Makes

Column by Susan DeFreitas January 22, 2016 (5) comments
Are you ready to go pro? Or are you still making rookie mistakes?
Penguin Books

Penguin No Longer Requires Degree for Employment

News by Raine Winters January 20, 2016 (3) comments
A college education doesn’t always guarantee success.

10 Pathways to Literary Citizenship

Column by Susan DeFreitas December 23, 2015 (1) comments
Sure, you want to be rich and famous. But what are you doing to prevent the downfall of civilization?

Rejection Letters Deciphered: 5 Common Reasons Agents Give for Rejecting Novels (And What They Really Mean)

Column by Susan DeFreitas November 12, 2015 (1) comments
Your novel has been rejected by a literary agent. You know what they said, but what does it mean? And how can you use that feedback to build a better book?
Cornelia Funke to Self Publish ‘The Golden Yarn’

Cornelia Funke to Self Publish ‘The Golden Yarn’

News by Raine Winters
Dear Publishers: Cornelia will not be making your suggested edits.
Oyster eBook Service Shuts Down

Oyster eBook Service Shuts Down, Future of eBooks In Question

News by Peter Derk September 24, 2015 (1) comments
What does the Oyster shutdown and the fall in eBook sales all mean, really?

What Every Successful Novel Opening Must Do: Myth vs. Reality

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 17, 2015 (4) comments
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

News by Raine Winters
The found notes sold for 10 times the guide price on the U.S. market.
Announcing the Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Announcing the Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing

News by Raine Winters
Submissions will focus on “American identity in a global age.”

6 Women Who Changed the Face of Publishing

Column by Cath Murphy August 19, 2015 (2) comments
Male writers might get more than their fair share of attention, but if being a woman is good enough for Joan Didion then it's good enough for me.

10 Tips On How To Write A Press Release

Column by Michael David Wilson
A guide to writing a press release. What to include and what not to include.