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Beloved Historical Fiction Author E.L. Doctorow Dead At 84

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its ...

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

How One Novelist Was Dragged, Kicking and Screaming, Out of Her Barn to Embrace Social Media

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Like most writers, I spend hours alone and doodling on my laptop, even on Saturday nights. Until recently, I had zero interest in fist-bumping people on social media, preferring to spend my time on fiction rather than fall down virtual rabbit holes.

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Steven Petite | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone.

'Utopia and Memory': The Third Eventi Letterari Monte Verità, and a Talk with Joachim Sartorius

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Orhan Pamuk by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs, image copyright of the photographer In its third edition, the rather new yet ambitious literature festival Even...

Paul Auster: How I Became a Writer

Louisiana Channel | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

This video not only tells the story of how Paul Auster became a writer. It also reveals how the American writer works. "A good days work is if I have one typed page at the end of the day, two is amazing, three is a miracle."

7 Ways to Make Pimping Your Book for a Blurb Less Weird

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is no easy way to ask for blurbs, but take comfort in the fact that every writer has to do it. Now that I've just gritted my teeth and gone through the process for the fourth time, for my novel Haven Lake, I thought it might help newbie writers to think about these strategies...

3 Things I Learned About Self-Publishing

Anthony Otero | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Anthony Otero

I came up with three things I've learned (and still learning) about self-publishing: support, accepting help, and not taking things personally.

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.

No End: Richard Fulco Talks Music, New York and Writing His First Novel

Elford Alley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Elford Alley

Music blogger and playwright Richard Fulco has recently released his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope. The book is equal parts love letter and bitter reproach to New York, as seen through the eyes of his struggling protagonist, John Lenza. Richard talks about the unexpected challenges of completing his first novel while balancing work and family.

The Long Road to a Published Novel

Adam Pelzman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Adam Pelzman

For most of my adult life, writing was my private passion. It was one that I pursued in solitude and shared with only a small group of "gentle readers." So when news of Troika's publication came out, many people in my life were stunned to learn that I'd written a novel.

Is a Book Publicist Worth the Money?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Of course, I had no idea how much money a publicist would cost, and I was gobsmacked by their fees. Finally, though, I found a publicist who used to work at a big traditional house and seemed experienced and smart. Here's what I've learned in that time.

How Wattpad Saved My (Writing) Life -- Teaching "Old Dogs" New Writing Tricks

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I can't just meander anymore. I have "passengers" waiting to see where we're going each day.

The Fearless Confessions of Sue William Silverman

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Just having a voice, using that voice to write one's truth, is a powerful thing.

My Conversation With Best-Selling Author Jackie Collins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Tavis Smiley

She started writing as a teen and, since then, has sold more than 500 million copies of her books in more than 40 countries and had 29 best-sellers, many of which have been adapted for the big or small screens.

Four Novelists on Their Favorite, Worst and Unintentionally Funny Tweets

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
TueNight

Who among us hasn't lost a few good hours to looking at the vacation pictures of someone you hardly remember from high school? You could have banged out a few pages in that time. Still, I have been surprised to find some very talented novelists who show up regularly in my Twitter feed.

Talking Transition: Mayor-Elect De Blasio Gets an Earful From Writers

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Vicki Cobb

A sequence of speakers informed the NYC Mayor-Elect, Bill de Blasio of their hopes and dreams for the future of this great city. They were a particularly articulate bunch. No surprise, since they all fight for freedom of expression worldwide.

The Writer's Junk Drawer Mind: What's in Yours?

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.24.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Last month, I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel at the West Hollywood Book Fair with writers T. Greenwood, whose latest novel is the fantastic ...

A Book and Its Cover

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Until the publication of my first novel, I'd never consciously thought about the importance of cover design. But the graphic artist's crucial role in the novel's production (and possible success) became apparent. The artist's talent was vitally important to the commercial viability of the novel.

Is 'The Great American Novel' a Useless Concept?

Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books
Claire Fallon

Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."

Three Is the Magic Number

Nicholas Weinstock | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Nicholas Weinstock

The Three Things is just my conviction that every one of those writers should always be working on at least three things at once.

My Strawberry Soufflé

M.J. Rose | Posted 11.22.2013 | Media
M.J. Rose

Are you a success? Clearly it all depends on who you ask. Or maybe if you're smart you'll stop asking anyone and not look beyond yourself to figure it out. Because is it what anyone else thinks, or is it what you think?

How She Changed Paths At 42 And Became A Bestselling Author

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Women

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standout...

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.22.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with phot...