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Don’t Give Up On Your Writing Dream: 5 Tips When Self-Publishing Your Book

Here are tips from a self-published author who decided to take control of her dream. The post Don’t Give Up On Your Writing Dream: 5 Tips When Self-Publishing Your Book appeared first on

Johanna Drucker Reviews A Quiet Passion

Johanna Drucker is not a fan of the Terence Davies’s new Emily Dickinson biopic. In this her Los Angeles Review of Books review, she compares A Quiet Passion to the classic, macabre, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, pointing out the film’s ultimate (and unfortunate) message: “poetry is fatal, especially to unmarried women.” Drucker identifies […]

Maria Damon Reviews Melissa Buzzeo’s The Devastation

Maria Damon recalls a childhood dream, at the beginning of her LARB review, in which she and Artaud saved each other from terrible institutions: Artaud, from a psychiatric hospital, and Damon, from her strict girls’ school. The anecdote is one side of a bridge that readers cross on the way to Damon’s analysis of Melissa […]

Larry Eigner & The Maximus Poems

As I mentioned in a previous post, among Eigner’s research materials I found his annotated copy of the first installment of Jargon Press’s The Maximus Poems. Of Eigner’s most precious possessions were only three publications that did not include his own work: E.E. Cummings’s Complete Poems, which Richard Eigner kept as it had belonged to […]

Background Noise: The Netflix Category Every Writer Desperately Needs

7 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Increase your productivity by watching Netflix. Column by Max Booth III My life consists of two primary desires: to be entertained, and to entertain others. If one of the above goals isn’t being pursued on not just a daily basis but an hourly one, I am left with an almost cosmic dread of fulfilling my destiny as an utter disappointment. Show More Summary

Flog a BookBubber 75: Mick Bose

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

Poet & Novelist Maggie Nelson Featured at The Guardian

Maggie Nelson’s newest novel, The Red Parts, moves onto U.K. bookstore shelves this week. At the Guardian, Rachel Cooke discusses two of Nelson’s newest books, The Red Parts and The Argonauts, introducing her to readers in the U.K. “Maggie Nelson’s short, singular books feel pretty light in the hand: into your bag they slip, almost […]

On Hayim Nahman Bialik

Mikhail Krutikov reviews a new biography of the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik at Forward. The biography, Hayim Nahman Bialik: Poet of Hebrew, by Avner Holtzman, published by Yale University Press, is “insightful,” according to Krutikov, but...Show More Summary

New Agency Alert: Root Literary

Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary are open to queries! They’re seeking commercial and upmarket fiction for adults, teens, and middle grade. The post New Agency Alert: Root Literary appeared first on

Survival Pack or How to Keep Writing No Matter What

12 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

What if life never got in the way of writing? What if I told you there was a way to guarantee you’d always be able to write? (Even if you you have “writer’s block.” Even when you don’t feel like it. Even on those days you can’t get out of your own way.) Clearly I […]

The Art And Business Of Bookbinding With Lisa Van Pelt

Print is definitely not dead, and in fact, beautiful print books are having a renaissance. In today's show, I discuss the art and business of bookbinding with Lisa Van Pelt. In the introduction, Amazon announces Amazon Charts, described as a Bestseller List for What People are Really Reading and Buying, as opposed to the opinion based […]

Google Maps: The Best Writing Tool that No One Knows About

Has a map ever challenged a pre-conceived notion that you had about a location? Please welcome Camille Di Maio to WU today, who’ll talk about the topic. A bit about Camille: Camille Di Maio always dreamed of being a writer, and those dreams came true with her bestselling debut novel, The Memory of Us. In addition […]

Weekly Round-Up: Writing Realities

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Show More Summary

6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers

Persuasive characters keep a good story aloft and your readers involved. So where do you find these characters? How do you make them breathe? Here are specific tips to help you create characters that will win over readers. The post 6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers appeared first on

The Eight Great Traits of Great Book Titles

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Choosing the right title of your book is harder than naming your kids. No matter how bad a name you give your young’un, family and friends […]

Adweek Introduces Mall of America Writer-in-Residence, Brian Sonia-Wallace

Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace will be spending his birthday at the Mall of America this year. The Los Angeles-based writer is the site’s new Writer-in-Residence. He arrives at the Mall as the “sprawling complex” celebrates its 25th-anniversary year. At Adweek, Richard Horgan writes: “the Los Angeles-based poet is most uniquely qualified for this sort of work.” […]

A Crime Writer Exposes Her Relationship With the Poetry of Anne Sexton

Karin Salvalaggio is the author behind the popular Macy Greeley Mystery Series (and more!). At Literary Hub, she writes about her relationship with Anne Sexton’s poetry, and the ways that writing poetry helps to inform the development of her characters. Salvalaggio: “There are few people who know I write poetry as my work is rarely […]

50 Anthologies I Wish I Could Submit To

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

I love anthologies. Here are some I keep hoping will one day become a reality. Column by Gabino Iglesias I love anthologies. I love reading them and I love writing for them. Anthologies bring together different voices and offer something that can't be found anywhere else. Show More Summary

A Happy Birthday review from Publishers Weekly

Today is my birthday, so I figured I could make this post all about me. Yesterday I received notice of a new review of my novel, The Summer Boy, by Publishers Weekly editors on BookLife. These are not paid reviews,...

Timothy Yu’s ‘Not Silent’

At Isthmus, Timothy Yu discusses the inspiration for his collection, 100 Chinese Silences, and why it’s important to address the current moment in poetry. Linda Falkenstein’s Isthmus article refers to his appearance last month on PoetryNow, the Poetry Foundation’s podcast: “‘Writing explicitly political poems is a very hard thing to do,’ says Yu. The message […]

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