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When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

Serial: Why Is It So Popular?

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.26.2014 | Media
Khanh Ho

That's how Serial is supposed to get you: The feeling of true waiting -- something that is lost in our digital culture where all things are instantaneously present simultaneously -- is a novel sensation. Pardon the pun.

Ann Lewis Hamilton's Debut Novel Expecting Is Fertile and Funny

Elan Barnehama | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

It wasn't inevitable that Hamilton became a writer, but she does claim to have been raised in a house filled with typewriters in a town where her grandfather was the editor of the local newspaper, her father a reporter, and her mother the society page writer.

Fahrenheit 451 + 10

Perry Block | Posted 12.14.2014 | Comedy
Perry Block

Sure, it was so: he was indeed helping to keep knowledge alive in the dark times by memorizing and becoming a book. But after these ten odd years, a dark sadness had descended upon him, sapping his spirit and diminishing his soul.

"Rocky Mountain Guy"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima I have long been told, by people too numerous to mention, including members of my own family, to take a hike. But because of the rare...

Lights Go on Part XXV: Serve Others

Thomas Bähler | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

I want to share a process with you. I enjoy writing about ideas that have stuck to my ribs like a steak. These past few months have been a whirlwin...

Betty Crocker, Carmela Soprano, and the Likeability Factor in Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My job here was done. Making characters as nuanced on the page as we are in real life is one of my priorities. Plus, readers bring their own experiences to fictional characters, to our stories, and to however authors' belief systems color our work.

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff: A Book Review

Melissa Webster | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Melissa Webster

The Smell of Death, is a laugh-out-loud behind-the-scenes look at the stark realities of touring small town Europe among frozen turds, haunted hotel rooms, questionable promoters and accommodations.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

7 Home Decor Looks Inspired by Great Novels

Dering Hall | Posted 09.02.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dering Hall

Ranging from the serenity of The Secret Garden to the modernity of Fahrenheit 451, here are seven looks that top designers created fusing famous books as inspiration or the La Cienega Design Quarter's annual Legends Event.

What's New with Novels?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

From its start in the early 18th century, the novel as a genre has always resisted easy definition. Samuel Johnson, literary critic and author of the first comprehensive English dictionary, defined the novel in 1755 as "a small tale, generally of love."

Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Rubinstein

Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest emits vibrations to increase your heart rate.

La Belle Dame Claudia Strasser

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Yvonna Russell

Once upon a time Claudia Strasser's interior design empire began with her romantic New York East Village shop, The Paris Apartment, filled with vinta...

The Gender Question

Harrison Demchick | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

Sometimes, authors become so focused on the idea of being convincing writing a character of the opposite gender, or a different race, or different cultural background, that they neglect to write a convincing character.

The Bad Guys

Derek Sherman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Derek Sherman

I don't mean to blow the ending of your book or movie for you, but it's very possible that the villain is a drug company. In today's entertainment, they are the bad guys.

Norman Mailer and the Death of the American Novel

Dan Agin | Posted 01.20.2014 | Books
Dan Agin

The death of the American novel has usually been attributed to some malaise in the culture, the continuing ignorance of the masses, the apathy of a money-oriented society, and so on. But that may be off the mark.

J.D. Salinger, America's Most Famous Recluse, Is Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Paul Alexander

Cinematically engrossing and emotionally gripping, Salinger paints a complete portrait of the man and the artist.

Divergent: The Rising Craze in Dystopian Fiction

Uloop | Posted 10.27.2013 | College
Uloop

So the question becomes this: Will Divergent be the next Hunger Games or will it be the next Beautiful Creatures? Will it feed the flame of YA films or cause it to fizzle out?

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Can Writing A Novel Kill You?

David Biddle | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
David Biddle

I nearly died just after writing the first draft of my second novel. The story is unnerving, possibly amoral, anarchic, and, certainly, nihilistic as hell -- but it still tries to say life is a magnificent and magical journey.

The Writing Life: What's the Process?

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Deborah Doucette

My novel, Bad Girls, just launched -- hooray and hallelujah! -- which, among other things, prompted lots of questions from family, friends and co-work...

Author Platform: Use the News to Boost Your Book & Platform

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 08.12.2013 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

Using the news can help boost the visibility of your book, your platform and you! Themes run through your platform and book, whether it is fiction or...

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

Oleander Girl: Coming of Age

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Oleander Girl is a coming of age novel in the best tradition, with a heroine who is both infuriating and endearing, and most importantly, brave.