Storyville: Research and Duotrope

Column by Richard Thomas January 17, 2012
An in-depth analysis of, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.

Can't Everyone In The Publishing Industry Just Get Along?

Column by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
We spend a lot of time arguing over what's better--print vs. eBooks, traditional vs. self-publishing, indies vs. Amazon--but can't we just agree that both sides have their benefits?

The Lure of Celebrity: Why Literary Agents Represent Stars (And Not You)

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen January 16, 2012
Every time a celebrity gets a book deal, hundreds of unrepresented writers die a little inside. Why is it so easy for Amanda Knox to get a book deal, but you can't get signed to save your life?
Authors earning big on Kindle Lending Library

Royalties For Authors In The Kindle Lending Library Up 449 Percent

News by Rob Hart January 13, 2012
Authors who are participating in the Kindle Lending Library are seeing increased royalty payments, from a fund Amazon put aside to compensate them.

The Path To Publication Part 1: Delusions of Grandeur

Column by Rob Hart January 12, 2012
This is the first installment of a monthly column that will follow the trials of trying to publish my first novel. Part 1 is about letting go and choosing the right path.
Authonomy Release Plans

Authonomy's Release Plans

News by Brandon Tietz January 9, 2012
Authonomy (part of HarperCollins) will be releasing two books, but is a digital-only deal really something to celebrate?
Rob W. Hart Interview

LitReactor's Very Own Rob W. Hart Interviews With 'On Fiction Writing'

News by Brandon Tietz January 9, 2012
Rob W. Hart, the website administrator for, the vice president of Novel Publicity, and a blogger and columnist at LitReactor offers some thoughts on the industry.

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Can You Publish Your First Novel If You're Broke?' and More

Column by Erin Reel January 3, 2012
The Lit Coach prioritizes book publicity, author platform, and stresses the importance of the quality of work in Issue 7 of Ask The Lit Coach.
Nielsen's Best of 2011

Best-Selling Books For 2011, According to Nielsen's

News by Rob Hart December 29, 2011
Nielsen's Bookscan lists the best-selling books of 2011 for your amusement/pleasure/anger.

The Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams

Column by Rob Hart December 22, 2011
In every industry there are scam artists--even publishing. Vanity presses, fake literary agents and fraudulent contests all prey on your desire to be published. Here's how to stay safe.
Lucía Etxebarria quits writing in protest of piracy

Spanish Novelist Quits Writing In Protest Of Piracy

News by Rob Hart December 22, 2011
Spanish novelist Lucía Etxebarria announced that she's going to quit writing, because her latest novel has been illegally downloaded more than its been paid for.

The Wild West World of eBook Only Erotica (NSFW)

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky December 19, 2011
Is the eReader the new Internet when it comes to get-rich-quick porn?
eBook Holdouts

Despite Big Gains in 2011, The eBook Age Still Has Some Major Holdouts

News by Rob Hart December 19, 2011
2011 was a big year for eBooks, though there are still some holdouts--we have yet to see eBook editions of classics like 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The Catcher in the Rye'.
Justice Department investigates eBook pricing

U.S. Justice Department Confirms Investigation Into eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart December 9, 2011
The U.S. Justice Department has confirmed they're investigating the pricing of eBooks--the latest probe into whether Apple and publishing houses schemed to prevent discounting.

Six Shortcomings of Small Presses

Column by Brandon Tietz December 6, 2011
Are you shopping your book around to small presses? Here's some things to keep in mind.

Ask The Lit Coach: "How Do You Find The Time To Write What You Love If You're So Busy?" and More

Column by Erin Reel December 5, 2011
One writer's time and another writer's decision to approach the publishing world with either a short story collection or a novel are the focus of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

Column by Richard Thomas December 5, 2011
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Fahrenheit 451 released as eBook

'Fahrenheit 451' Finally Published As An eBook

News by Rob Hart November 30, 2011
After years of refusing to allow 'Fahrenheit 451' to be published as an eBook, Ray Bradbury has finally given his blessing for a digital edition.

Does Borders Demise Signal the Death of Bookstores?

Column by John Jarzemsky November 23, 2011
A brief look at the demise of Borders, and the lessons that other brick and mortar retailers need to learn.
Sexy Catholic

Catholic Church Nixes Porn Bookseller

News by Brandon Tietz November 23, 2011
Catholic church looking to cut ties with German publisher over pornographic materials.
FU Librarian

Penguin Opts Out of Lending Library

News by Brandon Tietz November 22, 2011
Adding yet another questionable move to a string of questionable moves, Penguin decides to opt out of libraries with their eBook titles.
Mark Z. Danielewski The Familiar

Pantheon To Release Mark Z. Danielewski's "The Familiar" As 27 Volume Serial Novel

News by Brandon Tietz November 21, 2011
Mark Z. Danielewski gets ambitious with his next project: a 27-volume novel entitled, "The Familiar."
Online marketing guru Ryan Holiday lands huge book deal

Online Marketing Guru Gets $500,000 To Write Double-Douche Tell-All

News by Rob Hart November 19, 2011
A 24-year-old online marketing director landed a $500,000 book deal with Portfolio for a tell-all book that will likely excoriate some assholes, including Dov Charney and Tucker Max.
Sebastian Marshall slams Simon & Schuster on blog

Writer Posts Open Letter On Blog, Slams Simon & Schuster

News by Rob Hart November 17, 2011
Writer Sebastian Marshall posted an open letter on his blog to Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, accusing the publishing giant of treating him like a "bitch."

UPDATE: What The Hell Ever Happened To... Nick Walker?

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 16, 2011
Demise of UK pub Beautiful Books bad news for Nick Walker fans. Is there still hope for "Boomtown"?