How to Handle Book Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  by Kate M. Colby Book reviews are the lifeblood of books. A healthy rating encourages potential readers to buy, makes an author eligible for merchandising from retail sites, and improves a book’s overall ranking on those sites. However, if enough readers read your book, eventually you’re going to get a bad review (probably several).… Read More How to Handle Book Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Most Misunderstood Writing Advice: Write What You Know

  by John Briggs Write what you know is good advice, if you do it correctly. We’ve all heard it a thousand times: “Write what you know, write what you know…” It’s practically a mantra in some writing circles. So, should a lawyer only write legal thrillers? A doctor only write medical dramas? A plumber… Read More The Most Misunderstood Writing Advice: Write What You Know

The Curious Case of Why Short Story Collections Don’t Sell

  by Kyle Massa “Short stories are loose change in the treasury of fiction.” That’s what J.G. Ballard wrote in the introduction to his Complete Short Stories collection. Considering the dwindling attention spans of many readers, you’d think that short stories would be more popular than ever. But when’s the last time you saw someone reading… Read More The Curious Case of Why Short Story Collections Don’t Sell