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Just Terrific: A Remembrance of James Salter

"The city was divided," James Salter once wrote, "into those coming up and those coming down." This is in "American Express," which appeared in Dusk and Other Stories, published in 1988. His editor was Jack Shoemaker, the publisher North...Show More Summary

Digital Branding for Authors: When to Start, What to Do and Why It's Important

Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book. I've worked in the book publishing industry my whole career and there's...Show More Summary

Even in the Publishing World, Women Must Fight for a Spot

In her recent blog post, novelist Nicola Griffith pointed out that books about women rarely win important awards in the literary world like the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. For example, the Pulitzer Prize from 2000 toShow More Summary

Candace Bushnell's New Book Is Outdated Chick Lit

Most writers have on their laptops at least one draft of a novel that is about 100 pages long. It's the sort of project that starts out strong and inspired but soon loses steam. And so it sits, until the Muse strikes again. And it often sits there for a long time. That's what Candace Bushnell's latest book, Killing Monica feels like. Show More Summary

Where Stands Postmodern American Poetry: Is Paul Hoover's Anthology the Final Word?

Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology Paul Hoover, editor. There is a rich context for this update of the now-standard anthology of postmodern American poetry, the one Paul Hoover first compiled in 1994, and which now, at nearly...Show More Summary

What Editors and Booksellers Are Reading This Summer

If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little...Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: How Careless Are You?

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong place. Your career calls on you to be "careful" about your work but "careless" towards those closest to you. Show More Summary

'Killing Monica,' A Conversation with Candace Bushnell

Photo: Candace Bushnell Candace Bushnell is a novelist and television producer who from 1994-1996, wrote a column for The New York Observer which was adapted into the bestselling anthology, Sex and the City. It became the basis for the...Show More Summary

Writers: Don't Get Trapped By Social Media

For the last few years, at every writers' conference I've attended, the hottest topic has been social media. Writers crowd these sessions like medieval pilgrims seeking miracles at a shrine. They seem convinced that with just the right...Show More Summary

Crafting Compelling Fiction With Jim Heskett

Imagine yourself deep in a forest. You notice your travel companions rifling through your backpack while muttering to themselves at half-volume. Unsettled, you retire to your tent where you find a mysterious key. You don't know whatShow More Summary

How to Kill Your Characters Without Bloodshed

Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you. • Obsessing about a man/woman. • Childbirth. Show More Summary

Debut Epic Fantasies to Look Out for in 2015

The appeal of continuing with a favorite epic fantasy series is obvious, but how about those new worlds opening up by debut authors? Here are some suggestions to add to your TBR pile in 2015, in order of release date: The Grace of Kings...Show More Summary

The Forgotten Life Of The Woman Who Inspired Virginia Woolf

English aristocrat Vita Sackville-West was a great writer manqué. Posterity has chosen to applaud the genius of her plantsmanship at her garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, with its much-imitated White Garden, or to uphold her asShow More Summary

'Brutality' A Conversation with Ingrid Thoft

Photo: Doug Berrett Ingrid Thoft worked as a tech and education writer before turning to fiction. Her wish to create a credible P.I protagonist led her to obtain a certificate in private investigation from the University of Washington. Show More Summary

The Art of StorytELLING

In 2009, Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker decided to put a price on storytelling. The pair would buy "junk" worth little to nothing and then re-sell it for 300 times its original value. All the proceeds were donated to charity. Why did they do this? Simply put, making a killer profit wasn't their point. Show More Summary

Musicians Have Taylor Swift. Who's Championing Fairness For Writers?

Even if you don't pay attention to whatever elements of Taylor Swift's life make the media on a given day, one would be hard-pressed to have missed the weekend's brouhaha with Swift vs. Apple Music. Say what you will about the girl--her...Show More Summary

How to Get Meat Smart: Low & Slow 2

Just in time for BBQ season, New Orleans food writer Colleen Rush and beloved Chicago pit master Gary Viviott have come out with the book Low & Slow 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roastinga and Basic Curing. Clearly people are looking...Show More Summary

Bassist Michael Visceglia Reveals a View From the Side

"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent...Show More Summary

Be a Patron of the Arts-Your Own Art!

Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough to pay the bills. Show More Summary

Amye Archer Turns Weight Into Words

Amye Archer is a writer and teacher living and working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Wilkes University, and is a recipient of the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship. Her writing has been published in Nailed Magazine, PANK, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, Hippocampus Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Show More Summary

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