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Whats new: 7 October 2019 - What's new 7 October 2019
  • ‘Before the actual placing of words on pages, The Testaments was written partly in the minds of the readers of its predecessor, The Handmaid's Tale, who kept asking what happened after the end of that novel. Thirty-five years is a long time to think about possible answers, and the answers...

The historical novels The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Giver of Stars, published a few months apart, share some noticeable similarities. Book Woman author Kim Michele Richardson has raised concerns; Moyes denies having read Richardson's book.

For Martina Myers, a high school English teacher on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Sherman Alexie's novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" seemed too good to be true: funny, well-crafted and focused on Native American youth.

Where do Booker-prize authors find their inspiration? The authors on the 2019 shortlist reveal the secrets behind their novels

Whether you're writing a novel, memoir or how-to book, a manuscript evaluation can be an economical opportunity to have your work reviewed by a professional editor before you begin querying and submitting.

When my first book was published last year I wasn't prepared for how unhinged I would become. I'd expected review-induced nerves and worries that swung from "No one will read it" to "Oh God, someone is actually going to read it". But I hadn't foreseen the appearance of a wholly one-sided and...

Author Jacqueline Woodson recently spoke about books being either mirrors or windows. Mirrors for seeing ourselves, and windows for seeing into other worlds. Growing up, I enjoyed both types of books, from the realistic contemporary fiction of Judy Blume to the epic fantasy of JRR Tolkien.

Publishing is an industry that can move slowly. Books can take years to write, and then a few more years to publish. There are exceptions, though, and the case of Regan Rose, whose debut novel just sold to Pamela Dorman for high six figures, is unquestionably one.

Commentary: 'What happened after the end of that novel' 7 October 2019

‘Before the actual placing of words on pages, The Testaments was written partly in the minds of the readers of its predecessor, The Handmaid's Tale, who kept asking what happened after the end of that novel. Thirty-five years is a long time to think about possible answers, and the answers have...

Whats new: 30 September 2019 - What's new 30 September 2019
  • 'I only really care about my readers. But I've always been irritated by the lazy assumption among critics that what I do is somehow easier than what ‘literary' novelists do. It's actually quite the reverse - to write something to please millions is obviously harder than doing something...

This summer, author Megan Miranda won the publishing lottery.

Miranda, who writes thrillers and young-adult novels, is the kind of author that publishers usually call midlist. She's well established, and one of her books has even been a New York Times bestseller, yet outside of her genre...

Publishing is the business of creating books and selling them to readers. And yet, for some reason we aren't supposed to talk about the latter. Most literary writers consider book sales a half-crass / half-mythological subject that is taboo to discuss.

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