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The Nightstand: Recommended reading from Daniel Olivas

Daniel Olivas is an attorney and writer based out of Los Angeles. He’s interviewed dozens of Latinx writers over the years and reviewed their books, so we asked him to put together a list of six essential reads that he thought would contribute to any reader’s understanding of – and enjoyment of – Mexican culture.

Talk to the Practitioner: Myriam Gurba

In our first installment of our brand-new “Beyond the Bookshelves” column, we spoke to author and educator Myriam Gurba about titles, code-meshing, and much, much more.

Tree of Black Humor
From the low hanging fruit to highly desirable fruit, learn how to integrate black humor effectively. Image by Amili/Shutterstock

The Tree of Black Humor

A handy reference chart for the many forms of dark comedy.

Boring characters
Photo by Piyapong89/Shutterstock

How to fix your boring characters

Dull, flat characters make for boring narratives: here’s how to fix them and prevent your story from flatlining.

Writers Conference
Follow these rules for a successful writers conference.

Cardinal rules of a writers’ conference

Three must-follow guidelines to ensure a successful writing conference.

Perfect Titles
Use this advice to create the perfect title for your writing. Image by cosmaa/Shutterstock

Finding the perfect title for your work

Titles introduce your work to readers. Here’s how to give them the meaty role they deserve.

Sharpen fuzzy prose
Looking through this stone helped Yi Shun Lai realize the value of sharpening fuzzy prose.

The secret to sharpening your fuzzy prose

Finding a rock on the beach reminds one editor of the importance of specificity and how it raises the emotional stakes.

The editor, the excavator

Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see what your story is REALLY about. 

Kill book sales with kindness

Promoting your novel doesn’t have to be a soulless affair. This debut author hit the best-seller list with gratitude, generosity, and plenty of engagement.

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