Top 6 Hella Queer YA Novels You Need to Read

by Laila Winters As an avid reader of young adult science fiction and fantasy, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and the fiancée of a graduate student who needed to live near campus, I managed to fit an ever-growing library into our quaint, 600 sf apartment. With 5 bookshelves lining the wall in our living room, we have more than...

Uproot YYC – Uprooting Systemic Racism in the Arts, Centering Ourselves

By Mel Vee X At a spoken word event I performed at over three years ago for International Women’s Month, I saw an unassuming Desi woman at a table, her brow furrowed in deep concentration. I noticed she was folding leaflets for something called Uproot YYC. Being the sucker that I am for things printed on leaflets regardless of content,...

Submission Guidelines

I’ve been an active part of the fiction publishing community for 15 years now. I have navigated the submissions process as an author seeking a publisher and an agent. My first book came out with a small press that’s since disappeared, and I then signed with an agent and had three books published by Dorchester, and since reissued by Thomas...

Recent Latina Books Inspired by Folklore and Mythology

by Margaret Kingsbury Writers use folklore in many ways. In the past, Latina writers like Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel wove folklore into beautiful, magical realism landscapes. Their works are dreamy and nostalgic. Recent Latina writers–like Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Samanta Schweblin, Carmen Maria Machado, Anne-Marie McLemore, among others–use folklore and mythology in more subvervise and feminist ways. In some...

Words for Home

Short Fiction by Clint Monette There was a stream I used to go to with my little brother. He was always bigger than me, but he was still my kid brother. We would dip our toes in the cool water, but we’d never go in. Little creatures would swim past while we would sing the songs we’d heard, discuss the...

Great Writing

This series began because of a post on Twitter asking what writers thought were the most important aspects of a book. Our series looks at our picks for the three most important things in a story: compelling characters, original concepts, and great writing. The three components we’ve chosen to look at were presented in order of importance. Unlike the people...

From Reporter to Author and the High-Stakes Appeal of Crime Fiction: An Interview with Michael Connelly

by Alverne Ball New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly has been called the “Dostoyevsky of crime literature,” by Publisher’s weekly. Michael Connelly is known for his endearing, but strong series Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. His works include 22 Harry Bosch novels and 13 non-series novels along with an assortment of short stories and other media such as his new podcast,...

Original Concepts

Last week launched a short series of articles looking at the most important ingredients in a story. The series began with an exploration of compelling characters. This week, it continues with a look at another key component; original concepts. Hardcover books typically cost $26.99 U.S., while trade paperback editions are as much as $16.99. When the hours involved in writing...