Economic Reality for Genre Authors, Oliver Sacks Explores Memory, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.1.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

"The average advance these days, for a genre fiction novel, ranges between $2,500 and $10,000." GalleyCat casts a sober eye on economics for genre authors.

Duotrope reports its switch to a subscription-based business has succeeded. (Write, Juggle, Run)

Author and professor of neurology Oliver Sacks explores memory for the New York Review of Books.

In light of the publication of Virginia Woolf's cottage loaf recipe this past week, the Guardian considers other "great literary cooks."

Meanwhile, author and critic Melanie Rehak looks at chef and Baohaus owner Eddie Huang's new memoir Fresh Off the Boat. (Bookforum)

Bel Canto author Ann Patchett and her Nashville bookstore were featured on Super Soul Sunday, a show on OWN—Patchett explains that the idea that books and bookstores are dead is fiction. (Huffington Post)

And with Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, Paris Review Daily discusses gridiron poetics: "Flea flicker. Wildcat. Touchback. Checkdown."

Today is the anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth—the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, who died in 2006, was born on this day in 1918. (Open Road Media)

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.