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Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. The post Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth appeared first on

Castration Anxiety and the Monstrous-Feminine in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look at the gender politics of 'Thor: Ragnarok,' specifically in relation to Hela. Column by Bart Bishop Although there have been other side villains before, like Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 or Karen Gillan as Nebula in...Show More Summary

Discovering a good author through BookBub

I spent an hour browsing free books from BookBub this morning, but couldn’t find any that interested me. So I thought I’d give a shout-out for a bookbubber that led to good reading, Lindsay Buroker. The Emperor’s Edge is the...

Your Story #87: Submit Now!

    Prompt: Write a short story, of 650 words or fewer, based on the photo prompt shown here. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to Show More Summary

Turtle Power: Interview with Nick Gregorio, Debut Author of 'Good Grief'

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Punk rock, Ninja Turtles, addiction and loss. Nick Gregorio's debut novel, 'Good Grief,' has it all. Justin Hunter sits down with Gregorio to discuss the life, Turtles, and writing. Interview by Justin Hunter Thirty years ago this month, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made the jump from comic books to television. Show More Summary

The Power of a Writing Group for Publishing Success

If you’ve been in a writing group, you know how valuable it is to have a community of writerly peers to debate craft with, to vent with about rejection and rejoice with over triumphs, large and small. But what if, beyond feeling like family and supporting you through your next round of revisions, your writing […]

Selling More Books In Print Through Ingram With Andy Bromley

As global, mobile and digital book sales continue to expand into new markets, there is a continued desire for print in established markets. Many indies focus on using Amazon's own Createspace, but you can access thousands more bookstores, universities, retailers, libraries and booksellers through Ingram Spark for extended distribution. In this interview, I talk to […]

Enter the Writer’s Digest 12 Days of Books Giveaway

Happy holidays from Writer's Digest, and welcome to our 12 Days of Books Giveaway! Every day from December 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017, we're giving away a different book from the Writer's Digest shelf. The post Enter the Writer’s Digest 12 Days of Books Giveaway appeared first on

Have No Fear

Editor Tyler Moss takes us on a brief tour of the January 2018 issue of Writer's Digest magazine. The post Have No Fear appeared first on

The Big Ol’ Scary Monster At Our Window

Intellectually, we know how fear does a grand job of holding us back. Emotionally, however, fear doesn’t give a big old rat’s ass—fear has no fear. It surges to us laughing at our tiny fists of fury as we try to beat it back. We close all the metaphorical windows, but fear finds tiny cracks […]

Beware Blue Deco Publishing and Do Your Homework re Christian Faith Publishing

4 days agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The excellent Writer Beware site has issued a warning about Blue Deco Publishing and provided useful information about Christian Faith Publishing. BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Blue Deco authors have complained about missing royalties, broken marketing promises, and the lack of a...

One of Us Is Lying: Karen M. McManus on Her Gripping Bestseller

J.D. Myall spoke with McManus to discuss writing, publishing, and the extraordinary success of One of Us Is Lying. The post One of Us Is Lying: Karen M. McManus on Her Gripping Bestseller appeared first on

Flogometer 1037 for Ann—are you compelled to turn the page?

Please, please visit my Kickstarter page for my new game, FlipIt. It goes Scrabble one better in terms of challenge and fun. Even if you can’t support it, please pass the link on to friends and family. Thanks for your...

The LitReactor Hanukkah Gift Guide: 8 Crazy Books for 8 Crazy Nights

6 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Young or old, there's something for everyone on this holiday list. (Costume not included.) Column by Christoph Paul Menora Image via BookBubBlog Okay, maybe some of these selections aren't that crazy (I didn't include Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, after all), but you don't want to send your Rabbi running for the hills. Show More Summary

Alert: Blue Deco Publishing, Christian Faith Publishing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Writer Beware has received multiple documented complaints from authors at Blue Deco Publishing.Problems cited include late or missing royalties and royalty statements, broken marketing promises, and difficulty reaching or getting responses from the owner, Colleen Nye. Show More Summary

Refilling the Well

I needed last Friday to be a great writing day. I knew exactly where to start. I was going to get up early, make my meals for the day, and write Pomodoro style all the way through to evening. I’d ignore social media. Wouldn’t even read the news. Just a quick peek at the headlines […]

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2017 (part 1)

last weekArts / Writing : LitReactor

Submitted for your approval (or derision): Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2017. Column by Joshua Chaplinsky Another year has come and gone. You know what that means, don't you? Time for...Show More Summary

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

PEN America is currently touring the country hosting local panels to educate journalists and the public alike on how to identify fake news. Here's what we learned from them. The post How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America appeared first on

Why I Am Writing Under a New Name

last weekArts / Writing : LitReactor

John Mantooth's first book tanked. This is how he got back in the game. Column by John Mantooth This article originally appeared on the Hank Early website. So, one of the questions I've been getting is why write these next two books under a new name. Show More Summary

Dying to Know, Afraid to Find Out: Building Tension in Fiction

Please welcome multipublished author Lynne Griffin to Writer Unboxed today! Lynne is the author of the novels Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the non-fiction...Show More Summary

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