Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 3

Column by Kelly Thompson August 14, 2012
The 3rd in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 3 continues to explore what you'll need for a professional comics pitch and details finding the right artist for your project.
Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

News by John Jarzemsky August 13, 2012
Author Larry McMurtry is auctioning off nearly two thirds of his used and rare books collection housed in his Archer City business, Booked Up.
News, Publishing, Music, Beck

Beck To Publish His Next Album With McSweeney's... Wait, What?

News by Rob Hart August 9, 2012
Beck will publish his next album with McSweeney's. It'll have booklets, lyrics and sheet music--but you need to play the songs yourself.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 1: Origins)

Column by Brandon Tietz August 8, 2012
In this first installment of the series, Brandon Tietz talks about the conception of his upcoming novel, 'Good Sex, Great Prayers,' and the subsequent proposal process.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

Column by Rob Hart July 31, 2012
Artists, musicians and writers are turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of their projects. Does it work?
DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Pricing Fixing Lawsuit

DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Price Fixing Lawsuit

News by Rob Hart July 24, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice has been soliciting comments on its eBook price fixing lawsuit--and the agency has issued its response to said comments.

Ask The Agent: What State Of Completion Does Your Manuscript Have To Be In When You Start Querying, Query Letter Word Count and More!

Column by Bree Ogden July 23, 2012
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 two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Your Publisher Has Folded...Now What?

Column by Brandon Tietz July 12, 2012
Book deals are signed all the time, but what do you do when your publishing contract is cancelled? LitReactor examines such a case.

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 2

Column by Kelly Thompson July 11, 2012
The 2nd in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 2 details what you'll need for a professional comics pitch, formatting and technical details, and how to actually write your comic.

Ask The Agent: What Does "Researching An Agent" Really Entail and More.

Column by Bree Ogden July 9, 2012
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 two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

The Long & Winding Road: Part VI - What Happens When Your Book Doesn't Sell

Column by Kelly Thompson July 5, 2012
The final installment in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 6 details what happens when you don't sell.

Fifty Shades of Pay: A Failed Attempt To Get Rich By Writing Erotica

Column by Jack Joslin June 28, 2012
Should we give E.L. James a little more credit? A hands-on attempt at mimicking her success by erotica...
Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

Battle Of The Sexes: Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

News by Dave Reuss June 27, 2012
A new study shows women still held back when it comes to writing and publishing.

The Long & Winding Road: Part V - Submitting to Publishers

Column by Kelly Thompson June 25, 2012
Part 5 in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 5 details submitting to publishers.

YA Novels vs YA Comics

Column by Kelly Thompson June 22, 2012
A discussion of YA Comics and, why despite a glut of talent and smart books, they can't quite muster the sales and influence of their powerful cousins - YA Prose.
Penguin Digital Distribution w/ NY and Brooklyn Library

Penguin Signs Deal for Digital Distribution with New York and Brooklyn Library Systems

News by John Jarzemsky
Penguin publishing, the largest publisher in America, has announced a deal with the New York and Brooklyn Public libraries to make digital copies of its entire catalog available to both systems.
eBooks Outsell Hardcovers

eBooks Outsell Hardcovers For The First Time In The U.S.

News by Kimberly Turner June 18, 2012
According to the Association of American Publishers, eBooks have taken the sales crown from hardcovers, $282.3M to $229.6M in the first quarter of 2012. Does this mark a turning point in publishing?

The Long & Winding Road: Part IV – Editing With Agents

Column by Kelly Thompson June 18, 2012
Part 4 in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 4 details editing with an agent.
Authors File Suit Against PublishAmerica

Authors File Suit Against PublishAmerica

News by Rob Hart June 18, 2012
Three authors are suing PublishAmerica, a print-on-demand "publisher" they say makes money by shakings its authors down for fees.

Ask The Lit Coach: The Difference Between Brand and Platform and Why Every Author Needs Both

Column by Erin Reel June 11, 2012
We know authors are supposed to have a platform, but what about a brand? The Lit Coach shares why every fiction author needs both to get noticed in today's crowded lit landscape.

Indie Press Spotlight: Two Dollar Radio

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 30, 2012
Wondering where all the good books have gone? Acquaint yourself with Two Dollar Radio, publishers of some of the most exciting fiction out there right now.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files For Bankruptcy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files For Bankruptcy

News by Kimberly Turner
Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after striking a deal earlier this month to restructure $3.1 billion in debt into equity.

The Long & Winding Road: Part III – Talking To Agents

Column by Kelly Thompson May 21, 2012
The third in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part III details my experience with two agents interested in my novel.

Are Audiobooks Preparing to Overtake Ebooks?

Column by Joe Daly May 17, 2012
While lit snobs pontificate the primacy of tree meat or eBooks, the once-peaceful world of audiobooks has devolved into an all-out street brawl between producers, publishers and authors.