17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting | Electric Literature

This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel has to be a minimum of 500 pages to win a major literary award these days, and many genre novels have ballooned to absurd sizes.

I’ve tried to avoid the most obvious titles that are regularly assigned in school (The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, Mrs Dalloway, Of Mice and Men, Frankenstein, The Crying of Lot 49, etc.). Hopefully you’ll find some titles here you haven’t read before.

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How Do You Measure Your Success As A Writer?


If you’re an author, there is no better dream than to have the word ‘bestselling’ affixed to your title. Seeing your name at the top of a bestselling list, be it on Amazon, The New York Times or on Goodreads. The reality is however, that there is only room for one book at any given time at the peak of what is a gigantic and ever growing pyramid of published books. For most of us we have to accept that our books are probably going to reside towards the ‘fatter’ part of this bestselling pyramid…

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Stephen King: The Writer’s Voice


Across a long and prolific career, Stephen King’s works can be shown to evolve alongside the author. This special feature discusses how a writer’s voice in their work is tied to the writer’s personal experience and explores the risk of literary influence by examining specific entries in King’s canon…

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How to Self Edit and Proofread your Book


Self-publishing may be an inexpensive way to publish a book, but without thorough proofread and editing, it can turn out to be an embarrassing disaster.

While there is just no escaping the absolute necessity of having an independent pair of eyes at least proofread your book before publishing, you can save yourself a lot of money and embarrassment by doing some of the work yourself.

However, our brains are programmed in an odd way that can make it difficult to find errors in our own writing. So here are a few ways I have found that work effectively. This is not to say that you will achieve perfection, but I guarantee you will be very surprised by the number of errors you do find.

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