No Authority


Elizabeth Barrett Browning goes up to the counter. The barista begins to speak to her in perfect meter, asking what she’d like to drink. Not missing a beat, she responds:

“How I take my coffee? Let me count the ways.

With cream and sugar, syrups, foam, milk - light.

You never reach the bottom with a trenta’s height,

For the ends of frappuccinos ne’er have Grace.

I take it in the morning with the rays

Of that great sun, and drink ‘till full daylight.

I take it freely, as men strive for Right;

I take it purely, as they turn from Praise.

I take it with Passion put to use

In Tazo teas, and with my childhood’s faith.

I take it rapidly and never lose

A single drop, — I take it with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all baristas!—and, if God choose,

I would drink coffee daily until death.”

Moments later, barista and customer join hands and run off to Italy together. This turns out not to be a great career move for the barista, because he can’t find a single Starbucks anywhere.

10 Book Publishers Open for Author Submissions

Here are 10 established book publishers who are open for manuscript or book proposal submissions. Instead of rehashing their guidelines, I have provided a link directly to their submission guidelines. Each of these publishers have either issued a call for submissions, mentioned they are open for submissions, or have a limited open reading period soon to expire.

Soho Press Inc. (est. 1986)
New York, NY 10003
Publisher: Bronwen Hruska

Current needs: Soho publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Press, Soho Crime and Soho Teen lists. Right now the publisher is open to unsolicited submissions for the imprint’s literary list called Soho Press.

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For writers, reading may seem as essential to life as breathing. But did you know reading has actually been proven to have surprising health benefits? So the next time you feel like your creativity has quit and your writing has wilted, reach for the remedy: your favorite book! Here are five remarkable ways that reading can improve your sense of well-being and keep you healthy.


Pictures from the Los Angeles premiere of “Divergent.”

“Divergent” author on not changing the book series’ original ending for the film:

“I talked to Shailene about how she reacted to the ending, and she really enjoyed the way that it ended. I wrote “Allegiant” that way because I thought that was the way it needed to be told, and so I feel very strongly about it, obviously.“

–Veronica Roth,, 2015

“It is important for my writing to be viewed as Feminist because I want to be viewed as one. My writing is an extension of myself. It is a tool for breaking down oppressive power structures, for analyzing what minimizes, and for making social change. Through writing I try to make sense of the realities presented to me, as well as recreate a new, inclusive reality. And that reality is one which I would like to be Feminist.”

Lora Mathis (@loramathis) for The FemREAD THE REST


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Seriously, you’re denial is astounding if you forgot all about that whole sucking out your blood fiasco. 

Remember? You threw a rock through her window? 

Remember that, Stanley? Remember? 

aaawwww you will.

Going with this idea that Stan tried really hard to forget a lot of the mystery hunting stuff so he could live a slightly more normal life. 

“Arthur, I can save us,” Merlin whispered against Arthur’s palm. “We don’t have to–”

“It’s alright,” Arthur murmured, leaning forward to press a kiss to Merlin’s lips. He wiped away a tear that was sliding down Merlin’s cheek, and cupped Merlin’s head as he nodded and leaned, shivering, into Arthur’s chest. “Don’t.”

And Merlin didn’t.


We’re huge fans of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and we pretty much all agreed that the one thing it could have had more of was Lila Bard. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Lila is on the cover of A Gathering of Shadows and we’re hoping that means we’ll see even more of our favorite pirate thief! 

Read Alyssa and Allison’s fangirling over Lila on CBC here and Nicola’s slightly more dignified recommendation for ADSOM on her blog, here