What Big Data Can Tell Us about How a Book Becomes a Best-seller

A guest post by Albert-László Barabási The average American reads 12 or 13 books a year, but with over 3 million books in print, the choices they face are staggering. Despite the introduction of 100,000…

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The Long and Short of You Belong Here – The Gentle, Exhausting Art of Adapting a Short Story Collection into a Novel

A guest post by Laurie Steed Once, I was a short story writer. I know this because I was respected amongst my peers but not at all popular. When people would meet me, they’d say,…

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Inside North Korea’s Literary Fiction Factory

A guest post by Meredith Shaw  With colorful rhetoric about dotards and nuclear buttons, North Korean propaganda is attracting attention around the world. Outside observers can now easily access some of this propaganda by visiting…

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15 Famous Authors That Became Screenwriters

A guest post by Ken Miyamoto Some of the greatest films of all time, in a wide variety of genres, have been adapted from short stories and novels. Despite the fact that the literary and cinematic…

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How a Young Ernest Hemingway Dealt with his First Taste of Fame

Image: Ernest Hemingway with a bull near Pamplona, Spain in 1927, two years before A Farewell to Arms would be published. Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. A guest post…

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