The Final Resting Places of the Literary Greats, How to Write a Book Proposal, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.9.12

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:

Yesterday evening the ability to purchase e-books from several leading publishing houses vanished on Amazon. The online retailer announced this morning it was a glitch. (Publishers Weekly)

HarperCollins has handed its distribution business in the United States to commercial printing giant RR Donnelley—closing its Pennsylvania warehouse, resulting in the loss of almost two hundred jobs. (GalleyCat)

The Consumerist wonders if the merger of Penguin and Random House will increase book prices.

From Zora Neale Hurston to Saul Bellow to the ashes of Dorothy Parker, the Atlantic visits the graves of the literary greats.

Poet and essayist Robin Beth Schaer writes of serving aboard the historic ship Bounty, which was lost at sea off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy, resulting in the deaths of two crewmembers. (Paris Review Daily)

Meanwhile, New York City's literary community has rallied to raise funds for neighbors still suffering post-Sandy, and will have a benefit reading on November 14—readers include Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, and Meghan O'Rourke, among many others.

GalleyCat explains why you should write by hand.

"I peered over his slumped shoulder and saw on the interwebs that in a couple weeks, some famous people are gathering at BAM to make fun of him." Venerable event space BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) has posted a note from Gary Shteyngart's dog on its blog.

Virginia Quarterly Review web editor Jane Friedman reveals how to write a book proposal.

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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.