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Growing Up With the Holocaust as a Writer

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

As a youth I thought being the son of survivors was a burden, but I gratefully came to see it as a gift because it not only gave me a mission, it was the first subject that animated my writing. It's what helped me find my voice.

15 Howlers from Fifty Shades of Grey

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Like The Deerslayer, it's often very funny, unintentionally so. Here are 15 terrific examples, though going to 50 wouldn't be difficult.

10 Books Everyone Over 50 Should Read This Spring

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Whether you need a book club recommendation or something to enjoy in your backyard this spring, these books are some of the best of Spring 2015. There are new novels from old favorites, unique voices, and continuing sagas of families you may already know. Plus a memoir that looks fascinating!

F. Scott Fitzgerald's First Draft of 'The Great Gatsby'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Today, the earliest surviving manuscript draft of The Great Gatsby rests in a high-security, climate-controlled vault in Princeton, New Jersey. However, this manuscript is not the first draft of the novel. Only two pages of that survive.

Top 5 Novels on Power and Ambition

Warren Adler | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays.

Blogging Your Novel

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

With publishers emphasizing platform to ascertain evidence of future sales, blogging your novel can be much more lucrative than you think. Blogging is still considered to be one of the greatest ways to expand your reach.

Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett: 'He Did Something Huge and Noble'

Laura Paull | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Laura Paull

Pratchett was already established as a fantasy writer; with The Carpet People and the first volumes of his Discworld series, he was on his way to becoming Britain's best selling author of the 1990s. "It was like Michelangelo phoning and asking if you want to paint a ceiling together," Gaiman says.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

Writing Is My Bliss

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lev Raphael

Writing is hard work, but it's not just fun, sometimes it's bliss. As for writing a novel or any other book, what could be better? Working on one, I feel enveloped, protected, uplifted, transported. It's the best sort of vacation.

Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

Steven Petite | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence.

Lauren Coodley's Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact upon American life? Lauren Coodley's biography of prominent novelist Upton Sinclair shows that it's possible.

Best Books: College Edition

Betty Revah | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Betty Revah

I still remember looking at my syllabi freshmen year and thinking I would never be able to get through all of my readings. How, I wondered, would I ever be able to read two dozen books in one semester while still keeping up with exams and essays and also maintaining a high GPA?

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is a Laff Riot

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.01.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

E.L. James writes badly enough to teach young writers a lot. Her novel is filled with negative lessons, especially when it comes to her prose. And it's just hilarious. Here are five of my favorite funny bad lines.

An Afghan War Vet Adopts the Voice of an Afghan Boy in His Heartbreaking First Novel, Green on Blue

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Elizabeth Nicholas

His is morally fine and commanding writing, a powerful response by an American soldier to his experience in a country where almost any amount of power is overwhelmed by the racket.

Music as a Mold: AIRA's Artistic Redemption

Max Dorfman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
Max Dorfman

There's a lot of unbelievable things that happen in life--and really, the least believable are the bad things; the things we don't see coming, the things we can't and won't understand.

Nelle Harper Lee and Her Novels

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Go Set A Watchman, with its Biblical title born of Isaiah and Ezekiel, will have a first printing of two million copies. The joy with which lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird greeted this announcement was soon tempered by questions.

Book Merchandising Tips for the Self-Publishing Author

Gordy Grundy | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.

So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

So you decide to do it yourself, go the Amazon way, make it on your own. You can now take your manuscript and convert it to a book with your name on the cover without having to rely on a traditional publisher.

The Secret to Writing Your Novel in a Weekend

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.03.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I didn't have time to think of anything or anyone, I just wrote. Was the book any good? Who knows? Who cares? I don't even know where it is now and I've forgotten the title.

13 Tips For Writing A Novel

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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...