writing

Every Story Is The Same Story (Or At Least Is On This List)

I occasionally joke that if a person reads enough, she will discover that all stories are the same story. She will be able to predict narrative beats, the presence of particular characters, and how the story will end. Of course all stories aren’t really the same. Human beings may repeatedly explore certain themes, but prose,… Continue reading Every Story Is The Same Story (Or At Least Is On This List)

books · Publishing

The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

People say that old maxim ‘never judge a book by its cover’ frequently, but of course everyone does judge book covers. Both in ebooks and in physical copies, the cover is one of the first things a reader sees. Readers use the cover to make instant assessments about a book: is this a genre I… Continue reading The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

Publishing

Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

  Once upon a time, I worked for the editorial office of a small publisher. The most fascinating, heart-breaking, and frustrating part of my day was when I had to read through manuscripts in the slush pile. As many people know, the slush pile is what publishers call their collections of unsolicited query letters and… Continue reading Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

books

Reading in a Time of Twitter

Though the book blogger community is filled with wordy people, a lot of its communication is restricted to 140 characters. That’s because of a lot of it happens on Twitter. There, people share reading ideas, have discussions about books, chat with authors, and dozens of more things besides. And I haven’t been participating in any… Continue reading Reading in a Time of Twitter

Poetry

The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot

As many of you know, I am a poetry nerd, which is why I am incredibly excited to share The New Yorker’s new Poetry Bot. By following the Bot on Twitter or Facebook Messenger, people can receive excerpts from different poems every day for the next three months. The poems have been chosen by The New Yorker’s poetry… Continue reading The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot

writing

Untranslatable: Words Writers Should Know

The English language may be absurd and magical, but it also fails to capture the entire nuance of human experience. Other languages, however, can fill in some of those gaps. Tim Lomas, a lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London, has compiled a lists of those words that English lacks. Some of… Continue reading Untranslatable: Words Writers Should Know