Ten Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing, Bad Breakups, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.13.12

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:

Adam Davidson looks at the current state of publishing, "When you see a merger between two giants in a declining industry, it can look like the financial version of a couple having a baby to save a marriage." (New York Times)

Publishing Trends offers a visual guide comparing e-readers.

A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey suggests back-lit tablet devices such as the iPad may be the best choice for readers with macular degeneration—the most prominent cause of vision impairment among older adults. (Atlantic)

James Camp has words for contemporary memoirists, "A breakup isn’t a promising literary setup. Like sex and dreams—two other regions notoriously impregnable to the writer of prose—breakups are both transcendently universal and tediously individualized." (Salon)

Citing Jennifer Egan, Nicholson Baker, and Jack Kerouac, among others, Jason Pontin explores how "authoring tools can suggest novel styles of writing." (MIT Technology Review)

GalleyCat lists ten free e-books that may alter your perceptions.

Meanwhile, Daily Writing Tips details ten "rewards and risks" to consider before self-publishing.

And rounding out the top ten lists, Well-Read Wife has ten great gift ideas for book lovers.

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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.