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Why Men Pretend to Be Women to Sell Thrillers

Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.

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Sexy Backs and Headless Women: A Book Cover Manifesto

The messaging is clear. These covers are code for €œwomen’s fiction i.e. breezy, easy, accessible…

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Vintage Inspiration: Using Old Postcards To Jump-Start Your Stories

Stuck on what to write next? Head to a flea market or antique shop for some vintage-style inspiration—or use one of these great vintage postcards to jump-start your stories!

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From Starving to Successful: How to Become a Full-Time Writer

Full-time writing can be a feast or famine profession. Many writers dabble in it, and do not earn more than a few hundred dollars per …

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These 4 To-Do List Apps are Perfect for Freelance Writers

Ditch the paper planner with these four easy-to-use to-do list apps perfect for freelance writers.

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How Insomnia Shaped Franz Kafka’s Creative Process and the Writing of The Metamorphosis

Whatever else we take from it, Franz Kafka’s nightmarish fable The Metamorphosis offers readers an especially anguished allegory on troubled sleep.

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Patience and Persistence: The 2 Essential Skills You Need to Write a Book

If you want to write a book, there are two surprising skills you’ll need.

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That Time Agatha Christie Boldly Requested More Flattering Author Photos

The Queen of Crime made her wishes very clear: less wrinkles, less pink.

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Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?

Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprises

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27 Hard-Won Lessons about Writing from New York Times Bestselling Authors • Smart Blogger

If you’re tired of seeing writing advice from people who’ve never been published, you’ll love these real-world lessons from authors who’ve made it big.

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7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017

If you’ve ever thought that the publishing industry is tough to figure out, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like …

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The Man Behind the Hugo Award

Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) has mostly vanished from our cultural memory, which is a pity, because he was an extraordinary man, and his influence on our modern age—electrical, science-permeated, and full of wonders—was outsized.

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A Nonprofit Bookstore Grows in Pittsburgh: Has Amazon Met Its Match in New Business Models?

In Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, outlaws commit books to memory while firemen burn their brittle pages out of existence.

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Unseen Mark Twain fairytale to be published

Huckleberry Finn author made up numerous stories for his children, but The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is the only one to survive

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How to Write When Life Sucks

Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?

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Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.

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Are These The 10 Most Influential Poets In History, Or Nah?

We have questions.

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The secret DNA behind bestsellers

Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford University’s Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out

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The long, steady decline of literary reading

An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books

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How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines – The Ultimate Guide

So you want to make money writing for top magazines? Read this step-by-step guide by a professional writer who knows what it takes to get published – and paid.

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Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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3 Reasons You’ll Never Write That Book

You didn’t do it. You said you were going to. You thought about it, dreamed about it, imagined what people would say when you finally did it. But here you are, still having not written a book.

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Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”

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The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks

Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.

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JT LeRoy unmasked: the extraordinary story of a modern literary hoax

In the late 90s, JT LeRoy’™s autobiographical tales of abuse as a young man became cult hits, beloved of celebrities from Lou Reed to Winona Ryder. Then the baffling story of the author’s true identity emerged. A new film reveals the makings of the myth

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Russell Smith: Why publishers think pink for book covers

Most readers of fiction in North America are, by a wide margin, women. The books are being marketed to them

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Feeding the Hunger: female writers are storming the male citadels of sci-fi

A generation of readers raised on Harry Potter has had a knock-on effect on demand for fantasy fiction, and left publishers scrambling to sign up women

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By data-mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories…

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Total Noise and Complete Saturation

For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence…

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7 Things Professional Writers Know That Amateurs Don’t

These are the seven lessons I learned as an amateur writer that helped me to become a full-time writer.

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The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?

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Why Does Anyone Write?

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness…

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I’m a Writer! But I Feel Like a Fake, A Ridiculous Phony

Have you ever felt like such a fake as a blogger and a writer that you want to walk away and never feel that way again?

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Blog Authorship: Tools to Keep Your Blog Content Safe from Plagiarists and Duplication

Using these tools you can secure your content and maintain your authorship. They take some time and effort to use, but aren’t you and your writing worth it?

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Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll…

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Why Hardcover is the New Vinyl

Heading home on the train from class one night, a college friend recognized me and walked over. We did what many New Yorkers do when they see a familiar face in transit…

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How to Get Back On Track When Your Writing Plans Go Awry

So you’ve made a plan for the next seven months. For a month or two, everything goes fine. You’re writing regularly, hitting your targets, and feeling great about your progress. And then something happens. You’™re knocked off-course…

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When John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate His Manuscript

“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”

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Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript

You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.

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This “Smart Typewriter” Is Supposed to Free You From Your Computer

Does it work?

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On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books

Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’™s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her now-famous method is this: go through¦

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How to Discover and Protect Your Most Creative Time for Writing

Not all blocks of free time are created equal. Follow these steps to find your best time to write.

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How to Battle Impostor Syndrome: Owning Your Writing as Art

When you cobble together various writing jobs to get by, it can be easy to forget you’re an artist, too…

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Robot Authors Are Coming For Your Prizes, As Soon As They Learn To Write

Don’t hold your breath.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: the book you literally can’™t give away

A branch of Oxfam in Swansea has asked donors to bring ˜less Fifty Shades and more 60s vinyl. Are Britain™s charity shops stuffed with more bestselling soft porn than they know what to do with?

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16 Reasons Why Print Books Will Always Be The Best

Number 5: Big books are a great arm workout, no gym required.

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When to Give Up On Your Work-in-Progress (and When to Keep Going)

Have you ever given up on a writing project part-way through, perhaps after months or years of work? I’™ve abandoned plenty (three novels and two blogs, at the last count). I’™ve also stuck with others even when I thought […]

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George R.R. Martin Admits ‘Winter’ Isn’t Coming”, At Least, Not For A While

The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

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Can You Promote a Book without Making Yourself Miserable?

Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.

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3 Reasons Why Great Writers Always Work Alone

If collaboration is all the rage, is the great creative individual a thing of the past? Not so, according to these three reasons from Demian Farnworth.

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How to Organize Your Writing Workplace for Better Productivity

The #1 problem every blogger tries to solve is productivity. No matter how cool you are, you need to write…

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A Writer’™s Routine

Here we have a refreshingly honest look into the daily routine of a professional wordsmith. It’s a play-by-play that provides insight into some of the best practices, habits and subjective experiences of best-selling author Ryan Holiday.

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Tell It Again: On Rewriting Shakespeare

Why do we return again and again to Shakespeare’s plays, why do we keep rewriting them? Is it in hope that some of his genius will rub off? Are we searching for new possibilities for interpretation?

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The Dumbest Mistakes New Authors Make

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody….

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