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By Kristina Elyse Butke | A scrumptious sampling of the writing life.

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

by freeside510 / via Flickr<p><i>This post is one of the most popular at my site and is regularly updated.</i><p>In today’s market, probably 80 percent of books …

Publishing

The Best Fiction Books Of 2017

It's been a tough year — but a great one for books.<p>In 2017, the cultural conversation has been dominated by the constant churn of political news. But, as always, we found comfort and inspiration in books.<p>Fiction can offer an escape, but also new insight into the problems that plague us in the real …

Books

Ursula K. Le Guin: Who Cares About the Great American Novel?

A question from the New York <i>Times’</i> Bookends, “Where is the great American novel by a woman?,” got an interesting answer from the Pakistani novelist …

Literature

How We Eclipse Women's Literary Brilliance With 'Scandal'

The narrative that important, authoritative female novelists ultimately owe their brilliance to men refuses to die as we close out 2017—and it’s …

Books

Accidentally Hilarious Sticker Placement on Books

In several of the library groups I’m in on social media, every so often someone will share a picture of an unfortunately-placed bar code or call …

Books

33 TIPS FOR CREATING A SHORT STORY WORTHY OF CONTESTS, MAGAZINES, AND ANTHOLOGIES

<i>By Jodie Renner,</i> <i>www.JodieRennerEditing.com</i><i>,</i> <i>www.JodieRenner.com</i><p>Here are 33 concrete tips for writing a compelling short story that is worthy of …

The 8 Worst Kinds of Fictional Romances

Romance abounds in fiction—and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances, too. But sometimes a romance feels less like something that’s …

TV

Fret No More: Here’s What to Do When You Finish a First Draft

When you put down the last period on the last page, when you realize, <i>I have written a novel!,</i> you will experience bliss just before the question pierces you like a dart: What do I do now?<p>You should start with some kind of celebration: a glass of bubbly, a long cheerful walk, lunch at a favorite …

Writing

Why Books on the Craft of Writing Are Worth a Read

There’s always more to learn. This is true for any discipline, from the most inscrutable conceptual art to the most straightforward physical efforts. It’s certainly true for writing as well – whether a writer has emerged from an MFA or PhD program or is entirely self-taught, there’s always room to …

Books

The Novel Has Been Over-Furnished: Willa Cather on the Art of Writing

Writers in search of guidance need only scan <i>Willa Cather on Writing</i> for some sharp doses of advice. “The novel,” she writes in an analysis of the difference between creating good fiction and being adept at journalistic description, “has been over-furnished.”<p>“Every writer who is an artist knows that …

Authors

10 Authors Share the Writing Tools They Can’t Live Without

Writing, like other crafts, requires skill and discipline – this is universal. But all writers have different methods to their madness, and varying tools that are essential to their writing, ranging from a pen and paper to a good cup of coffee.<p>Ever wondered what published authors can’t live …

Writing

Did We ALL Write a Book About Space Elevators? Why Unfortunate Coincidences Happen in Science Fiction

An author has an epiphany, spots a story idea nobody ever had before, writes it in the white heat of inspiration, sends it off and gets a cheque in …

Science Fiction

Take a Literary Tour of the U.S. with These 50 State-Set Books

<b>Alabama</b><p>This Pulitzer Prize winner from Harper Lee is one of the great American novels. Fifty years after its publication, its ruminations on race, injustice, and morality remain as relevant as ever, and crusading attorney Atticus Finch is one of literature’s finest characters.<p><b>Alaska</b><p><i>The Call of the</i> …

Books

Fear of the Female Voice

[Note: This essay is adapted from a lecture delivered by the author at Utah State University in October, 2017; video of the lecture is available …

Feminism

Notes on Craft | Anosh Irani

One of my favorite films is Werner Herzog’s <i>Fitzcarraldo.</i> Set in Peru in the early twentieth century during the rubber boom, it’s the story of Brian …

Canadian Literature

$20,333.08

$20,333.08. That’s how much money I’ve spent on Publishing Genius since January 17, 2008. This includes printing books, marketing, shipping, and …

Publishing

There's No Accounting for Books

Putting out over 50 books with Publishing Genius—a small press I started eleven years ago—has been, to put it simply, <i>fun</i>. I can’t believe some of the …

Publishing

‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity – Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni Manos Tsakiris

The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer was regarded by his friends as a master in the art of mind-wandering. He could become ‘enwrapped’ in his own …

Artists

4 Things Every Thriller Writer Can Learn From Charlotte’s Web

I have a bet for you.<p>You take whatever book you want. It can be the reddest red-meat thriller ever devised, with one of those titles that sounds like it’s out of breath (<i>Fast Hard</i>). It can have a guy on the cover desperately sprinting somewhere (seriously: why does it seem like so many thriller …

Authors

Why I Seldom Teach The Hero's Journey Anymore -- And What I Teach Instead

Back when I was in grad school myth was seldom spoken of in public without a sneer. <i>Kid stuff!</i> Only recently had Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers opened the discussion with their influential television series <i>The Power of Myth</i>.<p>Today, you hear about myth everywhere: in sales (for the ancient Greeks …

Bill Moyers

Editing your Writing: How to Double your Efficiency

[<i>Today’s guest post is courtesy of Lisa Lepki, editor at ProWritingAid.]</i><p>So, you’ve finished your novel; now the real work begins. Editing your …

Writing

9 Pieces Of Advice That Will Get You Past A Creative Slump

"It's never too late to begin again."

Creativity

2017 Books for the Holidays: Diverse Books Reading List

1<p>Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Kavya Reddy has created a beautiful life in Berkeley, but she can’t …

Books

Louise Erdrich, Great American Novelist, Is Just Getting Started

Erdrich, who publishes her 16th novel this month, has built one of the most impressive bodies of work by any American writer alive. And she’s happy to let that work speak for her.<p><b>If you cannot see</b> the Ojibwe in Louise Erdrich, perhaps that’s because two centuries of popular culture have depicted …

Books

How The Internet Killed The World’s Most Important Punctuation Mark

We are living in a world where the period, our most fundamental punctuation mark, is a loaded one.<p><b>Periods perform an essential function</b> in prose. We can all get on board with that statement, yes? We need periods in stories — from novels to news briefs and everything in between — to indicate where …

Grammar

We Asked Fiction Writers To Capture Our Dark Times

Authors Manuel Gonzales, Diane Cook, Rachel Khong, and Maggie Shipstead present four visions for these strange days.<p><b>Deadly hurricanes, threats</b> of nuclear war, Blake Shelton as People’s Sexiest Man Alive — this past year has been full of truly surreal and scary moments. We asked some of the most …

Blake Shelton

This Year's Best Books For Everyone In Your Life

(And maybe some for yourself, too.)<p>You don't have to live with animals to be moved by stories about them, but those who do might <i>especially</i> appreciate these. For dog lovers there's <i>Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living With Purpose, Loving With Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little</i> …

Books

What Happened to Canadian Sci-Fi Writer Amal El-Mohtar’s Phone at US Customs?

<b>Amal El-Mohtar</b> is a Canadian poet and writer of speculative fiction/science fiction. She has published short fiction, poetry, essays and reviews, and …

Science Fiction

Black Excellence: Honoring Kwanzaa through Science Fiction and Fantasy

It may be the holiday season, but for many people that goes beyond just Christmas or Hannukah. In my case, it means honoring my ancestors and culture …

Books