Some articles go viral, draw writers in great numbers, and act like lighthouses, guiding us to safety. We’ve attempted to collect them below. Think we’ve left something out? Let us know at valleyofscribes at gmail dot com.

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Advice about Applications and Letters of Recommendation, by Susann Cokal. If you want to go to graduate school, get a job, apply for a fellowship, or do anything else that requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other professional, follow these instructions.

Why you should aim for 100 Rejections a Year, by Kim Liao. Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships—my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds, but also more gratifying.

Can I Publish This Photograph of the Mona Lisa? by Jack Lyon. In both the United States and in Europe, a photo that is merely a reproduction of a public-domain work (such as an old painting or stained-glass window) is not protected by copyright.

25 More Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing, by Chuck Wendig. I have asked a question of authors whose books hit big, and that question is: “How did you do it?” And more often than not, the answer is an empty smile and a slow shrug.

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person, by David Wong. Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you’re thrilled with your life, and you’re happy with your relationships. Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you.

How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day, by Rachel Aaron. Drastically increasing your words per day is actually pretty easy, all it takes is a shift in perspective and the ability to be honest with yourself (which is the hardest part).

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A prophetic collection of speculative short fiction
Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined —Emily St. John Mandel
The second book in The Broken Earth trilogy
Shatters the stillness —NPR
A combination of thriller, fantasy, and historical novel
A terrific, suspenseful tale —Kirkus
A novel of dynasty building and cultural destruction
Lovely, dark, and deep —NPR
An intense reimagining of the Trojan War
Brings new life to a classic epic —Library Journal (starred review)
A debut novel about a girl's coming of age
Powerful and vividly wrought —San Francisco Chronical
A 16-year-old girl searches for her missing mother
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and true. —NPR
A dramatic family reunion, where simmering tensions come to a head
A big, brilliant novel —Lily King
An account of the Salem witch trials
This book needs a seat belt —Kathryn Harrison
An adventure into the dark heart of America
A strange and beautiful genre-busting novel —Elizabeth McCracken
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