The Rising Price of Everything and What it Means for Publishing

Column by Leah Dearborn
Inflation has been a key term in the year 2022, with extremely high rates across many consumer categories. What are some of the impacts on the near term future of the written word?

5 Lessons On How To Avoid Getting Fucked By A Publisher

Column by Paul Michael Anderson
Paul Michael Anderson shares what he learned advocating for his latest release.

The Penguin Merger: Court Is Now In Session

Column by Peter Derk
To call Penguin Random House's plan to buy Simon & Schuster the absolute worst thing to happen in the publishing world is hyperbole. Putting it in the top 3 worst things, however, is just good sense.

How to Keep Your Head Up When Publishing is Hell

Column by Karis Rogerson March 22, 2022
After more than seven years of querying, Karis Rogerson shares some of what keeps her going when writing feels impossible.

Writers: Focus On Your Own Page

Column by Cina Pelayo February 7, 2022
What other writers are doing has absolutely nothing to do with you. Their success does not take away from your success.

Top 10 Insane Things No Writer Has Done But Someone Should

Column by Jay Wilburn February 2, 2022
Maybe these ideas are terrible, but so are most author ideas. Maybe these unique suggestions will change your career forever. Whether it is in a positive way or not, we'll have to wait and see.

What Happened When I Put My Self-Published Books EVERYWHERE

Column by Peter Derk January 31, 2022
A column in which one writer becomes the Johnny Appleseed of the eBook world, spreading his stank all over the place.

Storyville: Reasons for Creating a Pseudonym

Column by Richard Thomas
Some advice on whether or not to create a pseudonym.

Accountability Matters: Revisiting My 2021 Resolutions

Column by Gabino Iglesias January 6, 2022
I made my resolutions for 2021 public. It's time to talk about what I managed to accomplish...and where I failed.

Conservative vs. Liberal Book Bans

Column by Peter Derk December 23, 2021
Book bans: why do conservatives do it, why do liberals do it, and why should they both knock it off?

Not Getting Into Pitch Wars Isn't the Universe's Message to Me

Column by Karis Rogerson November 23, 2021
Karis Rogerson reflects on the devastation of not making it into Pitch Wars this year, and affirms that writing is her calling, whether or not she gets rejected.

Are You a Writer or an Author?

Column by Jay Wilburn November 8, 2021
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 October 25, 2021
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 July 15, 2021
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 June 22, 2021
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
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 February 9, 2021
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?