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Weekly Round-up: Author Insights and Challenge Winners

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,...Show More Summary

Stories Within Stories (Within Stories)

9 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Allow me to set the scene. A young couple is on a road-trip through New England. It’s just coming on to dusk as they approach a small town in rural Maine. In need of gas and food, they turn on to the main road. Their car engine splutters and dies. It’s only then that they […]

The Last Fall

Perhaps you only find out at the end of your life that happy is as good as it gets.And there’s nothing that lasts that can be anything more.Maybe looking for more is like going to the edge of a cliff, and walking into the beautiful view.

Naming a Newly Published Author

Does the name one selects to grace the cover of his or her book feel right to build a reputation and writing career on? Only the author can ultimately decide what is right. The post Naming a Newly Published Author appeared first on

Ridiculously Extravagant Gifts For Writers And Their Cheap Alternatives

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Do you love the writer in your life? Prove it. WITH MONEY! Column by Peter Derk 'Tis the season! To buy some stuff for the writer in your life! I'll be the first to admit, writers can be tough to shop for. Especially if you don't want...Show More Summary

In Talk Honoring Julie Ault, Cathy Park Hong Calls for Normalizing Culture of Refusal

Cathy Park Hong recently spoke at Triple Canopy’s benefit honoring artist Julie Ault, where she used Ault and the political art collective Group Material as models for thinking through artistic resistance in the age of Trump. The talk was published at Hyperallergic this week. “We are artists not just by the objects we make, but […]

What 'Westworld' Can Teach Us About Writers

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What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers. Column by BH Shepherd It’s fair to say Westworld is winning television right now. HBO’s latest gem and 2016’s best argument for reboot culture is being...Show More Summary

For Icelanders, Poetry Is King

For all of its beautiful vistas and geothermal pools, it seems like folks in Iceland just can’t stop reading poetry. In the New York Times’s “What in the World” section, journalist Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura observes, from scientists to English professors, the majority of the population enjoys writing poetry about topics as diverse as genetics and […]

Flog a BookBubber 51: Jack Needham

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 edited, It seemed to me that it could be educational to take a hard look...

Three Wishes

You bump into a genie and she offers to grant you three wishes. What are your wishes and why? The post Three Wishes appeared first on

Peak vs. Peek (vs. Pique) – Grammar Rules

Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way. The post Peak vs. Peek (vs. Pique) – Grammar Rules appeared first on

Jonathan Swift Was Indeed an Activist

Anthony Madrid, otherwise known as our favorite Paris Review correspondent, has penned a piece about Jonathan Swift, who would have een 349 years old this week. “What was he anyway? Or never mind what he was; what did he think he was?” Wikipedia describes Swift as “an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the […]

Books As Weapons of Choice: An Interview with Katie Eelman of Cutlass Press

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An interview with Katie Eelman, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cutlass Press. Interview by Christopher Irvin 2014 saw Kate Layte opening Boston's newest (and perhaps smallest) independent bookstore, Papercuts J.P., in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Show More Summary

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the haiku sonnet. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the haiku sonnets here. Show More Summary

Poetry on the Trail

Does reciting poetry on the trail make “all the difference,” as Robert Frost once wrote? At Backpacker, Nick Davidson describes the joy of memorizing and reciting poetry while backpacking in the wild. In his introduction, Davidson remarks “Two roads diverged in an emerald wood. But unlike Robert Frost, I knew where I stood and had […]

How to Write When Life Sucks

“Writers write.”  It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write? Maybe something horrible has happened: illness (your own, or someone you care about), financial issues, break-ups. Any number of physical and emotional stressors. Or it could be the result of a gradual build up.  You’ve tried […]

The Future Of Books. 5 Billion New Consumers, Global Mobile Payments, 3D Printing, Drones, VR And More

The Bookseller is hosting the FutureBook conference in London today. I’m not speaking there, but here I am speaking in October 2016 at Digital Commerce Summit on some of my thoughts on the future of book sales and publishing in the next 5 – 10 years. I love all this futurist stuff ???? The short […]

Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9Books

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A roundup of publishers about which I've recently received serious complaints (all of them documented).TORQUERE PRESS At the end of 2014, the founders of Torquere Press--a well-regarded small...Show More Summary

Scriptnotes, Ep 277: Fantasy and Reality — Transcript

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 277 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are going to be looking at the ways that writers and screenwriters in particular […]

On Ntozake Shange: ‘She Did Not Sound Like Anybody Else, Ever’

Literary Hub posts remarks from Michael Denneny, Ntozake Shange’s longtime editor, on the occasion of her Langston Hughes Medal. Awarded to Shange this year, the medal celebrates influential and engaging African-American writers. OnShow More Summary

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