Are You a Writer or an Author?

Column by Jay Wilburn
Are you a writer or an author? This simple question can get more complicated the deeper you dig. Jay Wilburn asked several creators then analyzed the results.

Value Your Fucking Work (Pt. II)

Column by Todd Keisling
A continuing look at the basics of publishing contracts and how to value your work.

Value Your Fucking Work (Pt. I)

Column by Todd Keisling
If writers don't place value on their work, it will lead to publishing agreements that do not favor the author, thereby enabling certain predatory practices.

How I Learned that Finishing the Book is its Own Accomplishment

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson finished her first novel in four years and has learned to celebrate that fact.

10 Years of LitReactor News: A Followup

Column by Peter Derk
We follow up on 10 years of LitReactor news stories. From "The Familiar" to topless readers to Chuck Tingle.

Dispatch from the Querying Trenches

Column by Karis Rogerson
Writer and aspiring author Karis Rogerson talks about querying, having thick skin, and the hope that propels her on the hard days.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Writing a Book Proposal

Column by Emmanuel Nataf August 17, 2021
Here are the five essential steps you need to take in order to write a nonfiction book proposal that agents and editors will be snapping at one another’s heels to acquire.

Everything Is Permitted When It Comes To Submissions

Column by David James Keaton
The rules are there are no rules and not even that rule but also that rule.

Kindle Vella: What Is It?

Column by Peter Derk
Let's break down Amazon's new publishing platform.

Have You a Tamerlane? Down the Rabbit Hole of U.S. Literature’s Black Tulip

Column by Leah Dearborn June 16, 2021
Edgar Allan Poe published his first work anonymously at the age of 18. Today, it's one of the most valuable books in American literary history. Could there be a copy in your attic?

How a Lunatic Published My First Short Story: A Cautionary Tale

Column by Max Booth III
What every writer dreams of hearing: “I like it, but not enough to want to give you a book for it. (In other words, I don't want to pay for it as I don't LOVE it.)”

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 December 7, 2020
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
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 September 25, 2020
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.