Our Editors’ Advice on Creating Narrative Tension

March 12, 2015 • 3 Comments There are stories that you can’t put down, and there are those that you can’t wait to put down. The difference? Often, it comes down to tension. What’s pulling the readers through, hurtling them headlong…


February 19, 2015 onthehouse

On the House: The Page 69 Test

No Comments February 19, 2015 • No Comments Maybe you don’t need help finding your next great book to read. Certainly, there are plenty of random and not-so-random ways to choose. Judging a book by its cover is a classic. You can judge…


February 5, 2015 revised set

The Revised Fundamentals of Filmmaking

1 Comment February 5, 2015 • 1 Comment When filming of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving began in Atlanta last month, Jonathan Evison’s novel joined a distinguished list of Algonquin books adapted to the screen. Larry Brown’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage, was released…


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The Writing Life: Tim Johnston

3 Comments January 22, 2015 • 3 Comments Like many authors, novelist Tim Johnston’s path to publication was rife with rejections. An earlier draft of the manuscript that would become his just-published novel Descent was turned down by eight different editors. Massive revisions…


December 17, 2014 onthehouse

Books We Love

No Comments December 17, 2014 • No Comments In a shocking twist, book lovers are as fanatical about giving books as they are about reading them. While some people tailor their gift titles to each individual recipient, others have go-to books that fit…


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Jacket Design: The Happiest People in the World

1 Comment November 14, 2014 • 1 Comment Readers often wonder about the behind-the-scenes aspects of book publishing, and jacket design can seem especially mysterious. Today, Creative Director Anne Winslow explains the creative process behind the jacket for Brock Clarke’s  The Happiest People…


October 30, 2014 rejected

Rejections, Part 2: Don’t Give Up

No Comments October 30, 2014 • No Comments No matter how you look at it, getting a rejection letter can take the wind out of your sails. It can be hard to keep going, or know what to do next. When it comes…


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Dinner Is On The House with Bill Roorbach

No Comments October 9, 2014 • No Comments Because authors are basically paid to put words in the mouths of other (often non-existent) people, it seems perfectly reasonable that Bill Roorbach held an imaginary dinner party to celebrate his upcoming novel, The Remedy


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A Sense of Place: Writers at Work

2 Comments September 25, 2014 • 2 Comments For many authors, where they write can make or break what they write. Today, Lin Enger, author of the historical novel The High Divide (in book stores now—wink wink, nudge nudge) explains the (very small)…


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The Books of Summer

No Comments August 28, 2014 • No Comments As we head into the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day weekend, we wondered about which books captured our authors’ attention during the dog days. “My favorite book of the summer was James Salter’s…