Top 10 Places in Literature that Will Trigger Your Wanderlust

Top 10 Places in Literature that Will Trigger Your Wanderlust

One of the reasons I read novels is to escape to another place. Good books transport me to cities and countries I can only dream of visiting. Even when a story is sad or downright depressing, a memorable depiction of a locale can still trigger my wanderlust. And when I do get a chance to see some of those places, I feel twice as lucky.

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How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

In novels like “High Fidelity” (Nick Hornby) and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), music is central to the story. But even if your novel doesn’t focus on music, you can use it to establish the mood of a scene or strengthen your depiction of a character.

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Small Presses: 2 Publishers Open to Unagented Submissions

Small Presses: 2 Publishers Open to Unagented Submissions

Small and independent publishers often cater to an alternative market not targeted by big publishers. They are usually more flexible about accepting unsolicited manuscripts from unagented writers. If you’re looking for a traditional publisher, check out these two small presses.

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James Salter's “A Sport and a Pastime": Languid, Rich, and Memorable

James Salter's “A Sport and a Pastime": Languid, Rich, and Memorable

James Salter's "A Sport and a Pastime" reminds me of a five-star resort. It’s luxurious, oftentimes impractical, but always pleasurable. Don't go looking for the basics. Everything is extra.

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Top 10 Southern Novels—Do You Agree?

Top 10 Southern Novels—Do You Agree?

Harper Lee. Margaret Mitchell. Charles Frazier. They are three of my favorite authors whose books were listed under Flavorwire’s “50 Best Southern Novels Ever Written.” It’s a great list, but the ranking is questionable, not to mention some glaring omissions.

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Publishing Breakthrough: What it Feels Like to be Finally Accepted by a Publisher

Publishing Breakthrough: What it Feels Like to be Finally Accepted by a Publisher

It was a Thursday like any other—eight hours in the office, dinner with the family at home, and a treadmill workout, while I watched Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly” on DVD. The movie was abysmal, but Brad looked good, and I burned some calories. What happened next, however, was what made April 10, 2014, one of the best days of my life.

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7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels

7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels

I didn’t start reading romance novels until a year ago. I’ve always preferred literary fiction and historical fiction. I also read the occasional thrillers and mysteries—think Lee Child and Tana French, respectively.

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Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

I don’t know much about Galveston Island or Texas. But after reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, it’s almost as if I’ve been to Galveston—with the added bonus of being dramatically swept back in time.

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