Self-Published Novelist Lands Book Deal, Bram Stoker's Friendship with Walt Whitman, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.12.12

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:

After selling three hundred thousand e-books, self-published novelist Hugh Howey has landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. (GalleyCat)

Huffington Post rounds up gift ideas for every book lover on your holiday shopping list.

David Foster Wallace biographer D. T. Max reveals the origins of his title phrase, "every love story is a ghost story." (New Yorker)

Humanities details the unexpected literary friendship between Dracula author Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman.

For the Poetry Society of America, Matthew Rohrer shares his affection for the fragments of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Melville House considers what Shakespeare can teach us about the fiscal cliff.

The New York Daily News reports a man recorded himself reading the longest word in the world, which takes three hours to pronounce.

With hours to spare, the Rumpus reached its funding goal for a film adaptation of Stephen Elliott's novel, Happy Baby.

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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.