Jonathan Evison Candidly Reveals Book Earnings, Why Read Joan Didion, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.6.12

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:

Apple announced it intends to assemble a line of computers in the United States, beginning in 2013. (BuzzFeed)

Kobo, Amazon, and Google each launched e-bookstores in Brazil yesterday. (Publishing Perspectives)

Meanwhile, with the help of last year's Lloyd Schwartz-edited book of Elizabeth Bishop’s writing, Prose, Benjamin Moser examines Bishop's knowledge of Brazil, where she lived for fifteen years. (New Yorker)

Novelist Jonathan Evison candidly reveals exactly how much he's earned from his books. Evison's advice to new writers, "Maintain low financial expectations." (Stranger)

"All three books were rejected. When I say they were rejected, I mean that my literary agents (I had two during this period) sent copies of my books to scores of editors, and every single one said no, over and over again. This process lasted approximately four years." Emma Straub details the work that led to her first novel. (Rookie)

Los Angeles will announce its first poet laureate tomorrow. (Los Angeles Times)

Huffington Post rounds up bad reviews of popular books by John Updike, Herman Melville, Joan Didion, and others.

Speaking of Didion, in case you missed her birthday yesterday, Dame magazine asked authors Jeanette Winterson, Caroline Leavitt, Lauren Slater, and Lauren Groff, to discuss why they read Joan Didion.

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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.