An inside view of the publishing industry from a foot soldier.

Storyville: How Do You Know When Your Story is Done?

Column by Richard Thomas June 24, 2013
It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.

Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

Column by Richard Thomas June 14, 2013
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

Column by Richard Thomas June 3, 2013
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.

Storyville: 8 Tips For Growing Your Brand

Column by Richard Thomas May 23, 2013
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.

Storyville: Ten Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets

Column by Richard Thomas May 14, 2013
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.

Storyville: Why Write Short Stories At All?

Column by Richard Thomas May 1, 2013
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

Column by Richard Thomas April 2, 2013
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.

Storyville: Writing the Grotesque

Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.

Storyville: Top Ten Things Literary Journals Need to Do. NOW.

Column by Richard Thomas March 1, 2013
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.

Storyville: Breaking Hearts

Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.

Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.

Storyville: Writing Dialogue

Column by Richard Thomas January 14, 2013
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?

Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas January 3, 2013
No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.

Storyville: Happy, Not Sappy

Column by Richard Thomas December 13, 2012
It's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.

Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever

Column by Richard Thomas December 4, 2012
This is a personal list of my favorite short stories, ten to be exact.

Storyville: Ten Awesome Authors You've Never Heard Of Before

Column by Richard Thomas November 19, 2012
Here are ten authors you've probably never heard of, and they are absolutely killing it.

Storyville: NaNoWriMo and Free Writing

Column by Richard Thomas November 2, 2012
Whether it's during NaNoWriMo or on your own, free writing can help you channel your visions.

Storyville: Dynamic Settings

Column by Richard Thomas October 25, 2012
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Column by Richard Thomas September 19, 2012
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.

Storyville: Writing About Sex

Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2012
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

Column by Richard Thomas August 29, 2012
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.

Storyville: Endings, Twisted and Otherwise

Column by Richard Thomas August 16, 2012
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.