More people would read more books if they were shorter. Wouldn't you? More would pick up a 20-page book than a 500-page book, no? The thought of picking up a gigantic book hasn't crossed my mind since college — no matter how interesting it sounds. The majority of people...
We've all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I'm not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid review services. I'm talking about people who post bad reviews...
"Goodnight Moon" does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure.
Many authors get derailed from their projects or coaxed into doing something with their books that goes against their better judgment. This can happen with traditional publishing when an agent or editor tells you to change your project because they're sure they can sell...
Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List for the second week in a row. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon,...
Most people enjoy a good laugh. Most people enjoy a good joke, a witticism, an unexpected twist or a good "snapper," as Mark Twain put it. Fiction can be laugh-out-loud funny, as it was for Ben Fountain reading Joseph Heller's Catch-22 for the first time. "I still remember...
Keeping your character('s) traits consistent is very a important step in polishing your manuscript, especially if it’s written from multiple points of view (POVs). For example, if you have one character who constantly swears, and has a tendency to lose his/her temper...
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