Emily Gould on the Memoirs of Mary MacLane, E-Book Prices at Record Low, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.19.13

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:

In e-book news, bestseller prices have hit an all-time low; and a self-published title, Wait for You by J. Lynn, is number one for the second week. (Digital Book World)

Amazon Publishing announced it intends to dramatically speed up royalty payments to its authors. (Wall Street Journal)

The Rose Reading Room inside the New York Public Library’s main branch may attain landmark protection. (New York Times)

Emily Gould discusses Mary MacLane's work and tragic life in this excerpt from the intro to Melville House's new edition of I, Mary MacLane—a bestselling memoir of 1917. (Rumpus)

Nick Cohen looks at the recent actions of Verso Books, and asks, "Why is Christopher Hitchens’s old publisher turning on him?" (Spectator)

The Guardian highlights the differing views of poetry held by Lucretius, and the person he most admired, Epicurus.

David Cameron cut and pasted a New Yorker story into a word processor, retitled it, invented a fake name and bio, and submitted the fiction to multiple publications, where it was universally rejected, even by the publication where it first appeared—the New Yorker. (Review Review)

The Tampa Bay Times revisits the last interview with Jack Kerouac.

A Letters of Note book is on the horizon.

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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.