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With Valentine’s Day upon us, here is a selection of love-centered literary links: The term “romance sells” is popular, but have you ever wondered just how much? Children’s books and nonfiction are some of the biggest sellers in the world,...
PC Food and Lit
“I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with...
The Cafe Irreal Issue 55, August 1, 2015 Magical realism is dependent on a suspension of belief on both the parts of the author and the reader. Generally speaking, a set of rules dictates what happens and after the...

On YA

Why do I write YA? That’s something I’ve been asked countless times, by teachers, classmates, friends, family, and, myself. I always come back to the same root answer though, no matter how many times I answer this question. I...
As someone who writes YA, my goals for publishing have always been pretty single minded: novel. I’d hardly even thought about the scope of YA published works beyond the novel. Taking the Fiction Writers and Publishing class at Columbia...
Cleanupyourmistakesandgettothepoint
Editing your work can truly be a daunting task. You’ve gone through all the effort to write the dang thing, now you have to rip it apart and reorganize and fix all the flaws too? Welcome to the world...