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  • A Novel of My Own

    I worked as a writer for almost 50 years before my first novel was published.

  • The Eternal Question: What to Wear on Book Tour

    I’m a bit of an Ernest Shackleton nut. I never tire of accounts describing his polar exploits. I also feel like a kindred spirit, because few expeditions test your endurance and require that same indefatigable lust for discovery more than a book tour.

  • Violence in Books: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    S.E. Green, author of the forthcoming YA novel "Killer Instinct," examines whether teens are likely to imitate the violent behavior they read about in literature.

  • How to Judge Short Story Contests

    Larry Dark, the director of the Story Prize, offers insight about what goes on during literary prize deliberations.

  • How Independent Publishers Do More With Less

    An independent publisher takes a nod from Buckminster Fuller in finding ways to do "more and more with less and less, until eventually you can do everything with nothing."

  • Psychology, Philosophy—Let’s Hear More

    The reading world would greatly benefit from wider book coverage that pays attention to all genres, not just the most popular ones.

  • In Praise of Editors, Agents, and Every Other Gatekeeper in Publishing

    Maybe the deprofessionalization of publishing isn’t just a looming disaster for the book business—there are, after all, not that many of us left in the industry—but for the millions of readers.

  • Writers Unplugged: Going Underground, for Productivity's Sake

    In the cave, there is no texting or tweeting. There’s no networking or developing one’s “author platform.” You are forced to stop talking about your writing and just do it.

  • How to be an Effective Mentor in Times of Change

    I’d only been in publishing a few years when the great Ian Ballantine engaged me in conversation and suggested, in his signature circuitous fashion, that he was willing to mentor me.

  • Life After Amazon

    In February 2012, Educational Development Corp. stopped selling its books on Amazon. This is how that decision turned out.

  • 100 Candles for the Crossword

    “At 100, the crossword shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the puzzle has adapted to the Internet’s thriving games culture.”

  • The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100

    Do the world's first ever crossword puzzle!

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    The Buggles are not the Rolling Stones, but their 1979 MTV hit nailed it: “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Later, similar trends started killing books. Then Jeff Bezos stepped on stage.

  • Discovering Literary Talent in Brazil

    The Brazilian literary market is currently experiencing a surge of great creativity.

  • The Intentional Mystery Writer

    Malcolm Gladwell was dancing to “Kung Fu Fighting” the night that my life changed forever.

  • What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing

    I was teaching a ninth-grade humanities class in a New York City public school last year when I was accepted into two M.F.A. programs for fiction writing. I was over the moon: they were each funded with a stipend, and one was a school I never would’ve thought I’d have a shot at getting into. Against all odds, my dream had come true.

  • What It Means to Have a Great Editor

    How a writer came to tolerate -- and then love -- the pickiest editor in the history of editors.

  • The Accidental Mystery Writer

    I wrote my first mystery novel by accident.

  • Working Together

    You don’t have to be in the bookselling business long before you come to realize that everybody you know, as well as his uncle, has written or is writing a book.

  • Making the Most of Bookstore Events

    I define myself first as a writer: I have an M.F.A. and have won fellowships and received encouragement from agents and editors.

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