Iago and Count Olaf survived, but Dracula did not? The Evil 8 is now set. Who moves on to the Fatal Four? It's all up to you. Vote now in our Arch Villain Madness Best Book Villain competition. These evildoers need your vote!
So, you’re ready to write a science fiction or fantasy novel. But where to start? Here's how to create your fantastic world by starting with a single character.
From Lord Voldemort to Amy Dunne, we need your help in picking the best book villain of all time. Here are the challengers who made it to the Sweet 16. Who moves on? It's all up to you.
Why did I choose to write under a pseudonym? Why not lump all my books together under my real name? Here are reasons why I use a pen name and what you need to think about when considering one for yourself.
To pitch the right agents, you first need to know exactly what it is you’re pitching. Learn the subtle differences among the many subgenres of suspense—and how to meet and exceed expectations in every one.
There are many ways first-time authors can leverage social media to build their online presence and gain momentum in their careers. Here 10 insights on how to get noticed on social media:
After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories (other than just Facebook or Twitter) to help your work reach an audience.
To help you achieve that all-important believability, let’s look at the three biggest mistakes writers make when depicting the legal process.
Here are some of the important lessons on writer learned from the critiques she received while writing her debut novel.
Although writing a likable protagonist can help readers sympathize and remain engaged, it's not always necessary. Remember: "protagonist" does not always mean "good guy."
When collaborating with other authors on a project, how do you get everyone on the same page? It's challenging, but doable if you use these tricks.
Here are key elements all writers need to know about the wide open category of historical fiction, as told from a literary agent who represents successful historical fiction authors.
In honor of President's Day, we've pulled together seven quotes from former commanders-in-chief about the importance of writing and reading.
If your head is spinning from the manuscript rejection feedback you’re receiving while on submission, you’re not alone. Let us help you translate it.
You never know what creative writing exercise can end your battle with writer's block. Here's one way to tackle it with a simple thank you note.
There are several rules of thought on how to handle writing numbers, but the most common is pretty simple. Here's when you should spell out numbers and when you shouldn't.
There’s a big difference between landing one or two gigs and making a career of ghostwriting—or any kind of writing, for that matter. Use this plan for long-term, full-time success.
Get too focused on any one instrument at play in your story, and you may lose sight of the harmony inherent in truly great fiction. Here’s how to compose the elements of your novel into a masterpiece.
Stage these 10 inventive techniques, and you just might find your creativity—and your writing—soaking up the spotlight. Read more about these creative exercises now.
While you should read as many books as possible, there's something to be said for reading your favorite books by writers you love time and time again.
Voice is like your book’s fingerprint—only the author can give a book its own style. Here's what you need to know about voice in understanding how to write a good memoir.
After facing rejection, here's how one writer found a path forward with her work. Also, she shares three examples of how hearing “no” can lead you to a “yes.”
Literary agent Irene Goodman shares some insider do’s and don’ts about what to do after you attend a writing conference and how to get the most out of your experience.
If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five tips for how...