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Preparing For Death Without Brooding At Age 92

Harry Mark Petrakis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Harry Mark Petrakis

At my present age of 92, the afflictions of aging assail me like the onslaught of an army bent on my destruction. Each week seems to bring a new, unwelcome impairment. My chest rents space to a pacemaker, and I have several stents in my arteries.

Write Your Novel to Be a Film

Ken Atchity | Posted 05.31.2016 | Entertainment
Ken Atchity

Though I've observed the phenomena for several decades now, it still surprises me that even bestselling novelists, even the ones who complain that no one has made a film from their books yet, don't write novels dramatic enough to lend themselves easily to mainstream film.

Retired FBI Agent's First Novel Shows It Is Not Only Our Enemies Who Betray Us . . .

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 03.28.2016 | Books
Victor M. Feraru

Ever since Donnie Brasco, the story of the FBI agent who went undercover to infiltrate the American Mafia, America has not had a glimpse into the mind...

5 Platform-building Steps for Writers Who Are Ready to Get Noticed

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

Current publishing trends are such that writers need to have an author platform before an agent or editor will sign them on. An agent friend of mine told an audience at a panel we sat on together, "Get the TED talk first and then come talk to me."

Gore Vidal Was No D.H. Lawrence

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.16.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

I grew up watching Gore Vidal on TV and enjoying his wit. He was a liberal version of William F. Buckley, Jr.: witty, insanely well-read, cosmopolitan...

Big River -- What Novelists Can Learn From Songwriters

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Garry Rodgers

Johnny Cash was a brilliant musician. Singer. Performer. And masterful songwriter. Johnny Cash condensed high concept ideas into short, resonating stories -- ripping people's hearts in four or five stanzas -- that stayed in millions of ears and memories.

Just Because You Love Books, Doesn't Mean You Have To Write One

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts

Every writer needs a reader. Hopefully more than one, even. There’s just one problem: Most people don’t want to read most books. Every year, many ...

Retired Senior Finds New Career As A Novelist

Nadine Cheung | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

Remembering Jackie Collins With Our Favorite Quotes from the Best-Selling Novelist

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Jeryl Brunner

A true trailblazer in the sultry novel genre, Jackie Collins died this past Saturday. She was 77. "I never pretended to be a literary writer," she once said. "I'm a school dropout."

Novelist Jeffrey Siger Talks Greece, Wall Street and Mystery Thrillers

Sara Panagiotopoulou | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Sara Panagiotopoulou

A sun soaked island hillside dotted with small, whitewashed buildings that seemingly rolls straight into the deep blue, Aegean sea. It all seems so perfect, so idyllic.

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 lesso...

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

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.25.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 Event...

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.