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13 Tips For Writing A Novel

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Chaker Khazaal

There will be bumps. But you owe it to your characters, your audience, and most of all, yourself, to finish the story.

Vampire Novelist Anne Rice On Falling Away From Christianity (Again)

Interfaith Voices | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

Vampire novelist Anne Rice has a conflicted soul. When we talked to her in 2009, she had abandoned atheism and returned to the Catholicism of her yout...

Accessible Fantasy

Hannah Sutker | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Hannah Sutker

There is nothing quite like being transported to a completely new world, of following the turbulent life of a plucky young protagonist who defeats fantastical evil against all odds and grows into their own. Answer this: in the current popularity of realistic fiction, where is everyone's favorite hero?

Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party

2morrowknight | Posted 01.16.2015 | Books
2morrowknight

But whether authors know it or not, finishing your book is actually the beginning. This is why book launch parties can be a great promotional tool. If done right, they can provide crucial momentum.

Five Ways Ghostwriting Is Good for the Soul

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Danielle Wolffe

Ghostwriting is the craft of translating people's spoken stories onto the page. Ghostwriters either share credit with the person the story is about; or disappear and gracefully let him/her take full credit.

Haruki Murakami Is Here To Answer Your Questions

HuffPost Korea | Sae Hee Park | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books

Nine years after Haruki Murakami's last online exchanges with fans, Murakami’s publisher Shinchosa Co. has announced that they are planning to launc...

Novelists: Stop Using Real-Life Tragedies to Sell Your Books

Karen Dionne | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Let the news media cover the event. Discuss the event on social media in appropriately incensed or somber tones. But don't use the tragedy to promote your novel. Please. Just stop.

The New Years Challenge I Know I Will Accomplish

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Helene Cohen Bludman

The premise is that in 2015 you will read 50 books of various types. Books that you may have planned on reading anyway, and others way off your radar. A book written by an author who has your initials. A book written in the year you were born. A book with a one-word title. And so on.

New Year's Resolutions? Not for Me, Thanks

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution in many years, because they've always struck me as somewhat desperate. A bit like lines drawn in the sand: bold and dramatic and exciting. That is, until the tide comes in and washes them away.

A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. In the nightmare, I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house.

La Famiglia

Stanley Ely | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

What I've found curious about families is that the need does not vanish when an actual family does.

Hi! Can We Talk About Self-Publishing?

G. Doucette | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Hello, friend! Do you have a minute to talk about self-publishing? No, don't go! I'm not asking because I want you to buy one of my books. Unless....

Woman With a Gun: A Talk With Phillip Margolin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Woman With a Gun, obsessed with finding answers, Stacey learns the woman in the photograph was suspected of having killed her millionaire husband on their wedding night, but the 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.

If I Wrote a Novel in 15 Minutes a Day, Then You Probably Can Too

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Siobhan Adcock

I started my first novel when I was working full-time at a demanding job and had a 7 month-old baby. I work, I have a family and I write -- I'm not a special case. So it stands to reason that if I can write a novel in 15 minutes a day, other people probably can too.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Nicole Leigh West

My first novel was coming. Although a published travel writer, I hadn't ventured into serious novel writing before. A lucky break led to my imagination being plunged into a ready-made atmosphere, just waiting to be peopled with quirky characters and magical adventures.

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while readi...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Women, Ranching and Wild Mercy in Nevada, Oregon and Australia

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I devoured these three books in the space of a week -- all about strong women doing outrageously difficult things against harsh and stunning landscapes.

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Not So Novel: Polite Racism

Hannah Sutker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
Hannah Sutker

Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.

A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.