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

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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...

11 Things I Can Tell You Are Wrong About Your Manuscript Without Reading It (Title Shamelessly Borrowed From Sue Grafton at Crimebake)

Ken Atchity | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Ken Atchity

You're over-using "and," especially as a sentence connector. Remove it and your work will sound much more dramatic and direct.

Join the (Book) Club

Lewis DeSimone | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Lewis DeSimone

I have become an outlier in my own book club. It's an occupational hazard, I suppose, just the lot of the novelist. While the rest of the club read for entertainment and enlightenment, I'm always teasing out plot inconsistencies and dangling modifiers.

When Readers Tell Authors Their Personal Stories

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For me, sharing some of my own experiences as opposed to commenting on that of my readers has helped me navigate these wonderfully unexpected interactions.

Confession: I Am Brad Pitt's Brother

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

Maybe Brad Pitt has a younger brother who can relate. Rob Pitt. Or maybe George Clooney -- Rob Clooney. Justin Timberlake! Rob Timberlake. Maybe people don't believe all of them, either. Maybe I'll just change my name to Rob Pitt.

11 Lessons Authors Should Learn

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

Buy other authors' books when you go to their events. Even if you aren't going to read it. Even if you are going to give it away. Even if you aren't interested. Not just for the author but for the bookstore. It's karma and just plain good manners.

Living the Dream

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I retired from psychiatry and began writing fiction -- full-time. I'll soon to be 71 and am finally doing what I always wanted: writing heart-pumping thrillers. It's never too late to live the dream.

From THE SLANT: Novelist John Reed Paves the Way for Repentant Book Critics

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Stephanie Fairyington

Novelist John Reed, the 43-year-old son of renowned New York City artists David Reed and Judy Rifka, grew up among tall ceilings and long windows in the spacious lofts of 1970s TriBeCa, then a shabby bohemia burning with creativity.