The Realities of Becoming a Full-Time Writer

Column by Max Booth III January 22, 2021
Max recently quit his job to write full-time, then he tricked LitReactor into paying him to write about it. [Wait... What?!? —Editor]

Writers Don't Need Social Media

Column by Peter Derk December 30, 2020
Even if social media IS a tool that improves your sales, what are you willing to give up for those sales?

The Case for Amazon

Column by Peter Derk December 14, 2020
We've heard the bad. But is there some good in Amazon?

9 Things About Agents No One Told You

Column by Gabino Iglesias
My friends, my students, and even people around me who have never published anything talk about agents, but what are they? It's time to discuss the things no one told you about literary agents.
Manuel Marerro Talks Expat Press

Manuel Marerro On Expat Press and Pushing the Indie Envelope

Interview by Gabriel Hart December 3, 2020
Can a stateless ghetto full of outsider artists and weirdos have a leader? Manuel Marerro talks transgression in indie publishing.

Storyville: How Long Should Your Story Be?

Column by Richard Thomas
Is there enough meat on the bone to support your word count? It depends on a number of variables.

The BS Parts of the Submission Process

Column by Peter Derk
The submissions process is a hell that even Kafka couldn't have imagined.

Co-writing a Novel: Keys to a Successful Collaboration

Column by Michael David Wilson
Writing can be lonely work but it doesn't have to be. Here are some key takeaways and lessons learned from a successful collaboration.
Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview: Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview by Gabriel Hart October 1, 2020
Veteran crime fiction editor Jim Thomsen talks genre, cliches, and why editing matters.

Support Independent Bookstores: The Bulwarks of Book Communities

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson spoke to three booksellers about indie bookstores, their importance, and how to support them.

Reframing My Writing: Doing it For Me, Not An Audience

Column by Karis Rogerson August 19, 2020
Writer Karis Rogerson discusses losing sight of why you write, and trying to recapture that spark.

The Origin of a Space Parasite

Column by Brett Petersen
Brett Petersen discusses how his first book, 'The Parasite From Proto Space & Other Stories', came to be.

Traditional, Indie, and Self-Publishing: 15 Myths Debunked

Column by Gabino Iglesias July 22, 2020
Traditional publishing (which usually means a Big Five press), indie publishing (which means small press), and self-publishing are surrounded by misinformation. Let's debunk some myths.

Black Authors You Should Read

Column by Gabino Iglesias
Need a starter kit? I got you.

The Hottest Summer Trends in Books, Reading, and Writing

Column by Peter Derk
The hottest trends in literature for summer? We got you.

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Do I Need to Attend Conventions or Conferences?

Column by Nick Mamatas May 6, 2020
Short answer, "No, with a but." Long answer, "Also no, with a bigger but."

Would You Please Read This? How to Get Book Blurbs

Column by Gabino Iglesias March 26, 2020
Along with writing a great synopsis, getting blurbs is something that gives many writers nightmares. Here are some tips to help you do it better.

Is The Novel Dead?

Column by Peter Derk March 23, 2020
The accumulated filth will look up and shout "SHORTER! SHORTER COLUMNS!" ...and I'll look down and whisper, "No. Because you see, the real thing is..."

20 Mind Destroying Secrets about Ghostwriting

Column by Jay Wilburn March 12, 2020
If ghostwriting is something you are considering or you are just morbidly curious, there are some realities about this world you will want to know.

The "American Dirt" Problem is Deeper Than One Book

Column by Gabino Iglesias January 24, 2020
You're tired of hearing about it, but we need to discuss a few things...

The Magic of Brian Keene’s Bedroom

Column by Christoph Paul January 13, 2020
Having an existential crisis as a writer? Then maybe you just need to spend the night at Brian Keene's and eat some stew.

10 Pieces of Advice Every Writer Should Ignore

Column by Gabino Iglesias December 10, 2019
That thing you read online? Probably wrong. That old rule they told you was sacred? It's bullshit. Let me tell you why unlearning all of it is crucial.

Quit Your Job, Write Full Time

Column by Peter Derk
It's the dream, right? So what's the path?

Cancel Culture Is Ruining Publishing!

Column by Gabino Iglesias November 25, 2019
The social justice warriors have taken over publishing!