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Interview with Gary Byrne Bestselling Author of “Crisis of Character”

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Interview with Bestselling Author Gary Byrne on writing "1 of the most influential books of 2016," his journey from a law enforcement career to a NY Times Bestseller despite dyslexia/ADD.

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NY Literary Magazine “Winds of Time” Contemporary Poetry Anthology

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We thank everyone for their poetry submissions!
The NY Literary Magazine’s “Winds of Time” poetry Anthology is now available in print, and as a free digital magazine on Amazon Kindle, Scribd, Issuu etc.

The “Winds of Time” Anthology features a selection of outstanding, modern poems by both emerging and internationally recognized, remarkable, award-winning poets from around the world. Read More

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” Fantasy Book Review

“The dream was haunting me: standing behind me, present and yet invisible, like the back of my head, simultaneously there and not there.”

The nameless narrator in Neil Gaiman’s hauntingly nostalgic novel revisits his childhood home in the English countryside. By doing so, he evokes memories from his youth that had been buried over decades.

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“The Japanese Lover” Book Review

Isabel Allende's latest brilliant novel "The Japanese Lover", delves into a seventy-year-long love story and reflects on what it means to have led a full and happy life. Read our book review.

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Scripts vs Plays vs Teleplays vs Novels: What Kind of a Writer Are You?

Are you a writer, author, novelist, screenwriter, scriptwriter, poet or lyricist? What exactly is the difference? Sometimes the technical jargon of writing can be a bit confusing, so we have defined some terms to help you get more acquainted with the world of writing.

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5 Must-See Literary Events in NYC Next Week

New York City has always been known for its vibrant and diverse creative underground. Now with the summer upon us, there’s no shortage of poetry slams, open mics, and writing workshops to satisfy the most curious writers. Here are 5 of the best upcoming events, all in Manhattan! Read More

11 of the Most Influential Writers of All Time

Writers have the ability to exert a global impact—words are permanent, and as such, very quickly become sources of education, inspiration, and contemplation.

Here’s a list of 11 writers who have ascertained a place in history as impactful on the field of American literature in both the past and the present as well as every period in between. Let’s get to it!

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Top 10 Writing Workshops & Classes in NY

Do you want to improve your writing and get published one day? Here are the top 10 writing workshops and writing classes worth attending which are available in NY and online.

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Top 10 Books on Creative Writing

Do you want to improve your writing skills? Here is a list of the 10 best books on Creative Writing to help you become a better writer.

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7 Best Services to Promote Your Free Kindle Book or eBook

Looking for ways your free eBook or Kindle book? Here is a list of the best free and paid Kindle book promotion sites to help you get more readers and sales.

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About Emily Bronte and her Famous Novel Wuthering Heights

Though the Bronte sisters are perhaps one of the most well-known families of writers in English literature, when they published their work in the nineteenth century, they were known as neither Brontes nor as sisters.

Hoping to avoid the biased criticism and claims of insubstantiality levied against the works of women, Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Bronte published under the names Acton, Currer, and Ellis Bell.

Their first publication was a collection of the sisters’ poems, and though the volume was not successful at the time, later assessment of Emily Bronte’s poems has, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, since distinguished her as the preeminent poetic talent of the three sisters.

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5 Poetry & Short Story Writing Contests with Cash Prizes

Are you a talented writer with a great poetry book or short story to share? Check out these cool writing contests we have found which give out cash prizes.

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12 Top Literary Agents Who Represent Mystery and Thriller Novels

Looking for literary agents who will represent your thriller, suspense, or mystery novel? Here are 12 leading literary agents who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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In My Mind’s Eye by David B. Pincus

A thousand times I have seen you, seen you in my mind’s eye.
Once upon a time you were there, for real, but not now, ever
When you went away my world crumbled and all is ruined, dust
Where did you go? So far away I could not see or hear you.

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Review of “The Defining Decade” Book by Dr. Meg Jay

“The future isn’t written in the stars. There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood. Be intentional. Get to work. Pick your family. Do the math. Make your own certainty. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You are deciding your life right now.”

These words sum up the main message of Dr. Meg Jay’s book, The Defining DecadeHer book, aimed at twentysomethings, is split into three sections: work, love, and the brain and body. Each section is filled with anecdotes from Dr. Jay’s clients, all twentysomethings who have had struggled and overcome issues in all aspects of life.

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The Life and Works of W.E.B. DuBois

William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” DuBois once said, “A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again”. Although he may not be the first figure that comes to mind as a classic author who has contributed to the American literary canon, DuBois was not only a renowned scholar who generated waves in the movement for racial equality—he was also a prolific writer. Read More

The Difference Between Song Lyrics and Poetry

What is the exact difference between poetry and song lyrics?

The main difference, of course, lies in the fact that poetry is presented to and received by the eyes, while song lyrics–the ears. A key aspect of poetry is the format and how the piece is broken up into stanzas and even further broken up into lines. However, in songs, it is more about how the lyrics are received by the ears. You can’t hear those enjambed lines and line breaks.

So even though the complex content may be the same in both poetry and song lyrics, the difference lie in the following:

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7 Unique Bookstores to Explore in NYC

Have some time to explore NYC but don't know what to do? Go find these 7 bookstores that we think are definitely worth the visit!

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Top 10 Modern Retellings of Classic Stories

Here is a list of the top 10 famous classic stories retold in the modern day. These updated versions prove they are just as timeless as the original stories we know and love.

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14 Must-See Libraries From Around the World

Calling all bibliophiles: looking for some home-library inspiration? We have found 14 of the most beautiful libraries from around the world! Scroll below to see what we have found, but a quick warning: this post will give you serious travel fever...

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“The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing Book” Review

In the 70s Amina Eapen’s family went to India to visit her grandmother and uncle. But after an eventful night, the trip is cut short, but it continually haunts the family. Now, nearly two decades later, Amina’s father is talking to dead relatives.

Amina is now a photographer, a former photojournalist who now photographs weddings. She is facing a crossroads in her job and life, unsure if she’s really happy with what she is doing when she returns to her home in New Mexico to figure out what is wrong with her dad. Read More

Editing Your First Draft: A Guide for First-Time Authors

Congratulations! You've just written the first draft of your book. Here are some helpful tips and strategies on how to begin editing your first draft.

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