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
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!

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 - Why Do Some Writers Get To Fail More Than Once?

Column by Nick Mamatas October 14, 2019
Some writers bounce back after a book bombs, while others are finished. Why?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — What Do Editors Do All Day?

Column by Nick Mamatas
What do editors do all day? Not edit!

What Does It Really Take to Get a Book Published?

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Publishing a book is a bucket-list item for a whole lot of us. But what does it actually take to get published?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Can I Break Out?

Column by Nick Mamatas
How seriously should midlisters take the pressure to finally write that breakout novel?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Am I Spider Rico?

Column by Nick Mamatas August 2, 2019
Author, editor, and anthologist Nick Mamatas answers YOUR questions about writing and publishing. We're going beyond the basics.

5 Business Savvy Books Every Author Should Read

Column by Andrea J. Johnson July 8, 2019
We’ve identified five books that walk the line between craft and commercialism to offer writers the truth behind how their art becomes an entity when the marketing process begins.

What Does It take to Get a Job in Publishing?

Column by Marina Crouse June 11, 2019
One woman's catch-22 experience in the publishing industry.

The Most Nonsensical Terms Used in Book Blurbs

Column by Peter Derk June 3, 2019
Are you seeing these everywhere too? Are you *gasp* blurbing books this way?