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A BETTER WORLD IS an Interim Book

Book Review Jackie K Cooper A BETTER WORLD by Marcus Sakey A year ago Marcus Sakey's futuristic novel BRILLIANCE was published. It was the first book in a trilogy concerning a world where the population is divided between the "normals"...Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of August 23

Penguin Random House has had a very good summer (as well as a very good year--so far, anyway) when it comes to best-selling ebooks. When John Green's The Fault in Our Stars ended its long run at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook...Show More Summary

The Panama Canal: Part 3 of 3

1904-1914: construction and initial operations of the canal The new Republic of Panama, initially represented by Bunau-Varilla, granted the United States perpetual rights to the canal and a large area of eight kilometers on each side of it in exchange for a sum of 10 million dollars and an annual rental payment of $250,000. Once the U.S. Show More Summary

Breaking In: Making Your Story Impossible to Put Down

As they read submissions, agents and editors are desperately hoping that the next manuscript will be fabulous. At the same time, they're so swamped with submissions, they're also looking for reasons to stop reading. What makes a story...Show More Summary

Extra! Extra! Famous Travel Writers Spill Trade Secrets (And Dish Some Dirt)

In the starry, spiraling universe of tell-all books, the biggest sellers tend to be those that sneak the reader behind the scenes and into the secret alleyways of presidential politics, corporate jockeying, and pro sports. But I'm glad...Show More Summary

On My Unpublished Novel: Was It Worth It?

"Was it worth it?" my son asks, referring to my unpublished novel, the 10-year endeavor that haunts our meetings, the elephant by my side. How can I answer him? He is 30 and facing the big questions: What shall I do that has worth? How...Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Titles: The Fault in Our Stars and F--k Fate

The Fault in Our Stars is available for download this week and on Blu-ray in September, but should there be a more thematically accurate title printed on the Blu-ray box? The familiar American title suggests that one is trapped by their...Show More Summary

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part IV)

{Below is Part IV of the second in a series of articles exploring a sphere of thought within metamodernism known as "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought within metamodernism include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada,...Show More Summary

25 Basic Lessons for Our College-Bound Kids

Raising two girls, I have found everything imaginable in the laundry. Except, of course, a mobile phone, because that would be attached to an arm or an ear. During one particular laundry load, at the end of the summer before my firstborn daughter's senior year, it struck me that she would be leaving for college soon. Show More Summary

7 New Adult Authors Who Aren't Afraid To Take Risks

The New Adult genre burst onto the scene despite decades of publishing theory that said stories set during the "college-age years" were a literary dead zone. The authors who decided to self-publish rather than change their stories disagreed, and hordes of readers who gobbled those stories up proved that those authors were correct. Show More Summary

Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Photo Credit: Carrie Schechter Darcie Chan is the famed author of the eBook breakaway sensation The Mill River Recluse and the sequel, The Mill River Redemption. Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems. Show More Summary


I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation. I'm supposed to be broke right now, or maybe the statistics say five years from now. Show More Summary

Mark Waid Talks 'Everstar' and Comics for Girls

Comics superstar Mark Waid is working hard to make comics better. He always has been. But when he started the digital platform Thrillbent comics, it was meant to increase readership across all genres of comic books. It's a subscription...Show More Summary

Darcie Chan Releases New Book and Gives Insight Into Her Rise to Success

Darcie Chan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her rise to success is phenomenal to say the least. It's the kind of stuff legends are made of. In May of 2011, Darcie self-published her novel, The Mill River Recluse to Amazon's Kindle platform. Show More Summary

The Writing Practice: Methodology and Camaraderie

Remember the aforementioned writer friend with the "seat to the seat" sign and the lucky polka-dotted mug? She and I went to this Montana cabin for a writing retreat. The house is called Moosewillow. Before we'd even finished unloading the rental car, we saw our first moose. Show More Summary

The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

The war between Hachette and Amazon was inevitable. Now, authors have joined the feud. Authors who are attached to major publishers are on the publishers' side, while self-published authors, many of whom have been rejected by the traditional publishers, are siding with Amazon and other digital publishers. Show More Summary

7 Fascinating But Forgotten Facts From World War I

100 years ago this month, Americans struggled with aggressive world powers, emerging technology, and media trolls while holding a raging debate about sex. While that may sound familiar, what was allowed back then was surprising, even...Show More Summary

How To Be Your Own Superhero

The news is filled with inspiring stories of heroes and altruists among us, like truck driver David Frederickson, who helped save a woman and her baby from a flaming car in Mississippi. But can ordinary people follow in the footsteps of such moral giants? Yes -- and here are some practical ways to get started. Question your automatic thoughts. Show More Summary

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe

"Do not fear for Eddy!" the doomed man called out as he boarded a steamship out of Brooklyn. These, among Edgar Allan Poe's last words to his family, were spoken to his aunt Maria in June 1849; in October he was found dying in the street in Baltimore, incoherent and dressed in another man's clothing. Show More Summary

7 Trilogies That Are As Good As 'Lord Of The Rings'

I wonder how many authors set out to write trilogies. Tolkien, for instance, intended the Lord of the Rings to be the first big ass volume of a two-volume set (the second being the equally big ass The Silmarillion), as well as the sequel to The Hobbit. Show More Summary

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