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Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

Did you know that 96% of authors seeking agents are rejected? Flip it around, and it can be said that only 4% of them land an agent. Peruse through <i>Writer's Market</i> and you'll see that right alongside an agent's address is their acceptance rate.<p>The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)

Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are …

How to Tell if You Have Psychic Abilities

Those who have made a lifetime of the study of psychic phenomena suspect that most, if not all of us are psychic to one degree or another. I'm sure …

Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

<b>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</b><p><i>Five Star Billionaire</i> by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) is a brilliant, sprawling, layered and unsentimental portrayal of contemporary China. It made me think and laugh. I also love Dave Eggers' <i>The Circle</i> (Hamish Hamilton), which is a sharp-eyed and funny satire about the obsession …