P. T. Anderson Wants to Adapt Pynchon Novel, E-Book Bundle Huge Success, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.18.12

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:

The Cory Doctorow curated Humble E-book Bundle has garnered $847,000 as of yesterday. Launched October 9, and running through October 23, the promotion allows readers to pay what they choose. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, AppNewser explains how to publish an e-book using PressBooks.

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, and the epic novel has been honored with a Google doodle. (New York Daily News)

On its Tumblr, HarperCollins posted Moby-Dick's original handwritten book contract.

The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon is having a tough time breaking into book publishing.

In a study of over one million people, Swedish researchers found "writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse." (BBC)

Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson hopes to adapt Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. (Slashfilm)

Deenah Vollmer attended the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany last week, and details what she gleaned, including a new e-book called Kama Xcitra: a Sexual Position Guide with 3D Hologram Technology. (New Yorker)

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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.